11 days in Florida Itinerary

11 days in Florida Itinerary

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11 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  5​h
1
Destin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Panama City Beach
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
St. Pete Beach
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  3​h
4
Key West
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Marathon
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Islamorada
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
Destin

Destin ©
With emerald water and white beaches, Destin is one of America's favorite vacation destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): look for gifts at Waterfront Gifts and Art and then kick back and relax at Henderson Beach State Park. On your second day here, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then explore the activities along Destin Harbor, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Destin trip planner.

New York City to Destin is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from New York City in July since evenings lows in Destin dip to 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in Destin

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Henderson Beach State Park ©
Henderson Beach State Park
Destin Harbor ©
Destin Harbor
Waterfront Gifts and Art ©
Waterfront Gifts and Art

1
night
Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach ©
Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Pier Park, then immerse yourself in nature at St. Andrews State Park, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City Beach tour itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Destin to Panama City Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Destin to Panama City Beach is 1 hour. In July in Panama City Beach, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to St. Pete Beach.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
St. Andrews State Park ©
St. Andrews State Park
Pier Park ©
Pier Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach ©
St. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): kick back and relax at Saint Pete Beach, then kick back and relax at Treasure Island Beach, and then stop by John's Pass Village and Boardwalk.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our St. Pete Beach tour itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Panama City Beach to St. Pete Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in St. Pete Beach can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in St. Pete Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Treasure Island Beach, John's Pass Village & Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Saint Pete Beach ©
Saint Pete Beach
John's Pass Village & Boardwalk ©
John's Pass Village & Boardwalk

3
nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Key West Pottery and Rock House Masterpieces. Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum and Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get interesting insight from Tours, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Key West road trip website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from St. Pete Beach to Key West in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or drive. In July in Key West, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 81°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach, identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center, then look for gifts at Bayshore Clothing, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Marathon trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Key West to Marathon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Marathon are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Islamorada.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital

2
nights
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 16th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, then take in the exciting artwork at Old Road Gallery, then tour the water at your own pace with Robbie's of Islamorada, and finally view the masterpieces at Gallery Morada. Keep things going the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, kick back and relax at Anne's Beach, then look for gifts at Hooked on Books, and finally view the masterpieces at Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Islamorada online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Marathon to Islamorada takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Islamorada sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 81°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Islamorada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Robbie's of Islamorada ©
Robbie's of Islamorada

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