12 days in Florida Itinerary

12 days in Florida Itinerary

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12 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Porto Alegre
Fly + shuttle:  16​h
1
Marathon
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Miami Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Porto Alegre

1
night
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 5th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sombrero Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Seven Mile Bridge and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Marathon trip planner .

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Marathon is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Porto Alegre in December, you will find days in Marathon are a bit cooler (31°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Bahia Honda State Park
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach

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.
Key West is known for adventure, museums, nightlife, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, stop by Tucker's Provisions, and make a trip to Duval Street.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Key West day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Marathon to Key West takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Key West

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

2
nights
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): wander the streets of Lincoln Road, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, and then enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Bayside Marketplace and then admire the natural beauty at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Miami Beach road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight, tram, and bus from Key West to Miami Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Bayside Marketplace
Highlights from your plan
South Beach ©
South Beach
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden ©
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road

3
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Pack the 12th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 13th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Orlando sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Miami Beach to Orlando takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Miami Beach in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Orlando. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

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