12 days in Florida Itinerary

12 days in Florida Itinerary

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12 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Cape Coral
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Orlando
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
St. Augustine
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Miami Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Key Largo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Marathon
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Key West
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Miami

1
night
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 27th (Mon), kick back and relax at Discovery Cove.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Orlando online attractions planner .

Cape Coral to Orlando is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In May in Orlando, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Orlando

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Stetson Mansion, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
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Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion

1
night
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our St. Augustine day trip site .

You can drive from Orlando to St. Augustine in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Orlando, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in St. Augustine, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Miami Beach.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach

1
night
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 30th (Thu): kick back and relax at South Beach, wander the streets of Art Deco Historic District, then take a stroll through Lincoln Road, and finally wander the streets of Collins Avenue.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Miami Beach online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from St. Augustine to Miami Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Miami Beach when traveling from St. Augustine in May, with lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
South Beach ©
South Beach
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then identify plant and animal life at Anhinga Trail.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Key Largo online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Miami Beach to Key Largo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May in Key Largo, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Key Largo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Islamorada, Anhinga Trail
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Sombrero Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, and finally view the masterpieces at Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at San Pablo Catholic Church, get advice or help at Pigeon Key Foundation, and then stroll through Bahia Honda State Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Marathon tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Key Largo to Marathon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Marathon are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Pigeon Key Foundation ©
Pigeon Key Foundation
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Truman Little White House and Fort Zachary Taylor. Visiting Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with 7 Artists & Friends, explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Key West vacation maker tool .

Getting from Marathon to Key West by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In June, daytime highs in Key West are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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