11 days in Florida Keys Itinerary

11 days in Florida Keys Itinerary

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Drive
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Dry Tortugas National Park
— 1 day
Ferry
2
Key West
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Marathon
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Key Largo
— 3 nights
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Dry Tortugas National Park

What Dry Tortugas National Park lacks in size, it makes up for in abundance of marine life.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Little Africa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Jefferson, and then head off the coast to Garden Key.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dry Tortugas National Park travel route site.

Fort Lauderdale to Dry Tortugas National Park is an approximately 5-hour car ride. In December, daytime highs in Dry Tortugas National Park are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Key West.

Things to do in Dry Tortugas National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

5
nights
Key West

Conch Republic

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.
Saint Mary Star of the Sea and Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Key West Historic Seaport. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House, tour the pleasant surroundings at West Martello Tower, stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery, and go for a walk through Key West Garden Club.

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Traveling by ferry from Dry Tortugas National Park to Key West takes 3 hours. December in Key West sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

2
nights
Marathon

Heart of the Florida Keys

A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, then see the interesting displays at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, and then take in the views from Seven Mile Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pablo Catholic Church, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marathon trip planner.

Getting from Key West to Marathon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Marathon, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Key Largo.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

3
nights
Key Largo

Diving Capital of the World

The northernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key Largo provides stunning scenery, a number of watersports opportunities, and plenty of areas to relax on vacation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to African Queen Canal Cruise and History of Diving Museum. Get some historical perspective at Key Largo Baptist Church and Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery. When in Key Largo, make a side trip to see Indian Key State Historic Site in Islamorada, approximately Islamorada away. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Spiegel Grove, look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Justin Martyr Catholic Church, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Key Largo trip planner.

You can drive from Marathon to Key Largo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Marathon in December since evenings lows in Key Largo dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Key Largo

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Florida Keys travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Landmarks · Wildlife Areas
An archipelago of about 1,700 islands extending in a gentle arc south and southwest of Florida's mainland, the Florida Keys divide the Atlantic from the Gulf of Mexico. Many visitors on vacation come to scuba dive in the coral reefs, fossilized and exposed as sea levels declined over thousands of years. In addition to being one of the world's top diving and fishing spots, the Keys feature hundreds of shops, restaurants, bars, and various tourist attractions, most of them crowded all year long with visitors on vacation. To soak up the Keys' atmosphere and discover writer Ernest Hemingway's former haunts, drive from one island to the other all the way to Key West, located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba.