11 days in Florida Itinerary

11 days in Florida Itinerary

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11 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
1
Pensacola Beach
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Key West
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Marathon
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h
4
Sanibel Island
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Daytona Beach
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
6
St. Augustine
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Amelia Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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Pensacola Beach

Pensacola Beach ©
Pensacola Beach is an unincorporated community located on Santa Rosa Island, a barrier island, in Escambia County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Fort Pickens Area and then kick back and relax at Pensacola Beach.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Pensacola Beach day trip planning site .

Washington DC to Pensacola Beach is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Pensacola Beach is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Washington DC in April, things will get a bit warmer in Pensacola Beach: highs are around 77°F and lows about 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Pensacola Beach

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Pensacola Beach ©
Pensacola Beach
Fort Pickens Area ©
Fort Pickens Area

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum and Key West Garden Club. You'll explore and learn at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, and brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Key West trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pensacola Beach to Key West in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In April, Key West is a bit warmer than Pensacola Beach - with highs of 83°F and lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
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Saint Mary Star of the Sea

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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 1st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Sombrero Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Marathon trip builder website .

Getting from Key West to Marathon by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. April in Marathon sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Sanibel Island.

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Bahia Honda State Park
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital

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Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
On the 2nd (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Bowman's Beach, and then stroll through Captiva Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sanibel Island trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Marathon to Sanibel Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Marathon in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Sanibel Island, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Daytona Beach.

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

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Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach ©
The iconic seaside destination of Daytona Beach once supported sugar mill plantations, but now entertains up to 8 million visitors a year.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Beach at Daytona Beach, then kick back and relax at Ormond Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Daytona Beach trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Sanibel Island to Daytona Beach by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Sanibel Island in May, plan for slightly colder days in Daytona Beach, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Daytona Beach

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Ormond Beach, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
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Ormond Beach
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Beach at Daytona Beach

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St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. On the 4th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Lightner Museum, explore and take pictures at Flagler College, see the interesting displays at The Ximenez-Fatio House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, and finally learn about winemaking at San Sebastian Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to St. George Street, then examine the collection at St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, and then kick back and relax at St. Augustine Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our St. Augustine trip planning tool .

Take a bus from Daytona Beach to St. Augustine in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in St. Augustine are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Amelia Island.

Things to do in St. Augustine

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Lightner Museum ©
Lightner Museum
Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine ©

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Amelia Island

Amelia Island ©
The southernmost Sea Island off the coast of Florida, Amelia Island takes its name from Princess Amelia of England.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Amelia Island Historic District, get engrossed in the history at Amelia Island Museum of History, get a taste of the local shopping with Blue Door Artists, then admire the majestic nature at Fort Clinch State Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Park. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Main Beach, view the masterpieces at Island Art Association, then get a taste of the local shopping with Art on Centre, and finally learn about all things military at The Maritime Museum of Amelia Island.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Amelia Island online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from St. Augustine to Amelia Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amelia Island

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Fort Clinch State Park ©
Fort Clinch State Park
Amelia Island Museum of History ©
Amelia Island Museum of History
The Maritime Museum of Amelia Island ©

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