10 days in Florida Itinerary

10 days in Florida Itinerary

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10 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Crystal River
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Sanibel Island
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h
3
Key West
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Marathon
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Islamorada
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
St. Augustine
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
End: Jacksonville

1
night
Crystal River

The jewel of Florida's Nature Coast, Crystal River spreads around spring-fed Kings Bay, known for maintaining a constant 22 C (72 F) temperature all year long.
On the 2nd (Wed), shop like a local with Island Arts and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Pepper Creek Pottery, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Crystal River attractions planner .

Jacksonville to Crystal River is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Crystal River are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Crystal River

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Island Arts, Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Pepper Creek Pottery
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling
Island Arts ©
Island Arts

1
night
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Captiva Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bowman's Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Tower Gallery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Pond Apple Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Sanibel Island online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Crystal River to Sanibel Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Crystal River in January, with highs in Sanibel Island at 75°F and lows at 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Captiva Beach
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Captiva Beach ©
Captiva Beach
Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach

3
nights
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Get outdoors at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum and Alan S. Maltz Gallery. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, shop like a local with Key West Pottery, brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Key West trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sanibel Island to Key West takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sanibel Island in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Key West, with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
nights
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
On the 8th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sombrero Beach, then identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center, then admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park, and then snap pictures at Seven Mile Bridge.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Marathon online vacation builder .

Traveling by bus from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Marathon sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Islamorada.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
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Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Islamorada

Islamorada ©
Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Old Road Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Islamorada vacation builder app .

You can drive from Marathon to Islamorada in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Islamorada sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Islamorada

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
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Old Road Gallery ©
Old Road Gallery
Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery ©
Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery

1
day
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. On the 11th (Fri), examine the collection at The Lightner Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Augustine Beach, and finally explore and take pictures at Flagler College.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the St. Augustine trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car from Islamorada to St. Augustine in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Islamorada in January: high temperatures in St. Augustine hover around 65°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Lightner Museum ©
Lightner Museum
Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine ©
St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach

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