Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

What is the Weather in Southwest Florida?

Though changes to Southwest Florida weather aren\’t as distinct as those in the northern states, each season has its own characteristics, with temperatures varying from 54F to 91F.

Tourism levels show that early February to early May and late October to late December might be the best months to visit if you plan to spend time on the beach, swimming, and enjoying the many other warm-weather activities the region offers.

Read on to learn more about the seasons in our region before booking one of our Gulf Coast vacation rentals.


From June through September, average daily highs in the mid-80s is typical weather in southwest Florida. Precipitation peaks during summer, when the area experiences frequent bouts of heavy rainfall.

But don\’t let the heat stop you! There are plenty of ways to stay cool during the hottest parts of the day. You can spend the day exploring some of Southwestern Florida\’s rich history and vibrant culture that is sometimes overlooked by the allure of the beach. Take some time to check out museums, art galleries, and historic buildings, or take a dip in the pool. A delicious dinner in one of Bradenton Beaches\’ local restaurants or a cold cocktail at one of the region\’s many beachfront bars is an excellent addition to the beautiful tropical weather!


Late fall and early winter are some of the best times to visit southwest Florida for warm, comfortable temperatures and sunny skies. 

The rainy season begins mid-May and runs until mid-October, meaning rain is common during the first months of fall. But fall sees far less precipitation than spring and summer as the rainy season winds down. With daytime temperatures in the 80s and nights ranging from mid-60s to mid-70s, fall offers some of the best weather southwest Florida sees through the year!

Plan Your Gulf Coast Vacation

No matter what time of year you visit, you\’re sure to have a relaxing vacation in Southwest Florida! Start planning the ultimate beach getaway with Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals today!


Conveniently for North Americans everywhere, winter is one of the best times of year to visit southwestern Florida.

Though the months are cooler, southwest Florida never gets very cold. Winters are short and mild compared to other parts of the country, with temperatures rarely dipping past 41F. Unlike summer, skies are typically clear, meaning sunny days will likely be in the forecast.

Winters are also dry, with lower humidity and much less rain than the wet season. This means the winter is perfect for outdoor lovers looking to explore some outdoor attractions, like the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota! If you want guaranteed sunshine, this is the best time to visit southwestern Florida.


The rainy season begins at the tail end of spring, from mid-May to mid-October, the first few months being the stormiest. In some years, the rainy season starts abruptly; in others, its onset is slower. Typically, there\’s a transition period as the seasons change.

The Sarasota area has a subtropical climate, with a mean temperature of about 65F and significant rainfall. In Fort Myers, expect spring temperatures to average between 63F and 74F.

Where to Stay 

Whichever season you decide to visit, our Florida gulf coast vacation rentals are the perfect place to call home during your getaway. Enjoy breezy decks and balconies, perfect for dinners outside, take a dip in the pool, or spend your days with your feet in the sand! Our rentals put you close to all the best attractions and activities without sacrificing the privacy you need during your stay!

Book one of our luxurious gulf coast vacation rentals and start planning your trip to paradise today!