12 days in Florida Itinerary

12 days in Florida Itinerary

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12 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Miami Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Key Largo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Big Pine Key
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
4
Key West
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
5
Marco Island
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Orlando
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): wander the streets of Lincoln Road, buy something for everyone on your list at Bayside Marketplace, then see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Miami Beach trip app .

San Francisco to Miami Beach is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Miami Beach to be much hotter, around 78°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 91°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Miami
Highlights from your plan
South Beach ©
South Beach
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ©
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road

3
nights
Key Largo

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Spiegel Grove. Explore Key Largo's surroundings by going to Islamorada (Fishing Charters & Tours, Islamorada Beer Company Brewery and Tasting Room, & more). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and immerse yourself in nature at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Key Largo sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Miami Beach to Key Largo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Key Largo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Islamorada
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key ©
Big Pine Key is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, United States, on an island of the same name in the Florida Keys. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): view the masterpieces at Artists in Paradise Gallery, identify plant and animal life at National Key Deer Refuge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Big Pine Key trip planner.

You can drive from Key Largo to Big Pine Key in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Big Pine Key are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge
Artists in Paradise Gallery ©
Artists in Paradise Gallery

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.
Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory will get you outdoors. The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Alan S. Maltz Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, view the masterpieces at 7 Artists & Friends, browse the exhibits of Truman Little White House, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Key West trip website .

You can take a bus from Big Pine Key to Key West in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Key West are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Marco Island.

Things to do in Key West

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
Marco Island

Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. On the 25th (Thu), zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Capri Paddlecraft Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Marco Island online trip itinerary builder .

You can ride a ferry from Key West to Marco Island in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Marco Island when traveling from Key West in July, with lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Orlando.

Things to do in Marco Island

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Capri Paddlecraft Park ©
Capri Paddlecraft Park

2
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.
On the 26th (Fri), get in on the family fun at Discovery Cove. On the next day, make an unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World Resort.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Orlando online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Marco Island to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort

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