12 days in Florida Itinerary

12 days in Florida Itinerary

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12 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: San Bernardino
Drive:  26​h
1
Pensacola Beach
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Key West
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
3
Big Pine Key
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Key Largo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Miami Beach
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Orlando
— 1 night
Drive:  31​h
End: San Bernardino

1
night
Pensacola Beach

Pensacola Beach is an unincorporated community located on Santa Rosa Island, a barrier island, in Escambia County, Florida, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gulf Islands National Seashore and then enjoy the sand and surf at Navarre Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pensacola Beach road trip tool .

San Bernardino to Pensacola Beach is an approximately 29.5-hour car ride. Traveling from San Bernardino to Pensacola Beach, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Bernardino in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 76°F in Pensacola Beach. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Pensacola Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Navarre Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Navarre Beach ©
Navarre Beach
Gulf Islands National Seashore ©
Gulf Islands National Seashore

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Alan S. Maltz Gallery. You'll explore and learn at Truman Little White House and 7 Artists & Friends. Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Key West day trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pensacola Beach to Key West in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July in Key West, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 81°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Key West

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

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. On the 11th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge, take in the exciting artwork at Artists in Paradise Gallery, and then immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Big Pine Key vacation planner.

Getting from Key West to Big Pine Key by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Key Largo.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Parks Nature 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

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.
On the 12th (Fri), see the vivid underwater world at Spiegel Grove, then identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, get interesting insight from Tours, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Lobster Trap Art Gallery.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Key Largo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Big Pine Key to Key Largo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Big Pine Key in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Key Largo, with lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Islamorada
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

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 14th (Sun): kick back and relax at South Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Art Deco Historic District, then wander the streets of Lincoln Road, and finally wander the streets of Collins Avenue.

To see maps and tourist information, you can read our Miami Beach trip planner .

Traveling by car from Key Largo to Miami Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Miami Beach

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): laugh and play at Discovery Cove.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Orlando trip planner.

You can fly from Miami Beach to Orlando in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daytime highs in Orlando are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Outdoors Theme Parks Parks
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Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove

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