12 days in Florida Itinerary

12 days in Florida Itinerary

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12 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  5​h
1
Destin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Panama City Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
St. Augustine
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
4
Marathon
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Key West
— 3 nights
ferry:  3​h 30​min
6
Marco Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Sanibel Island
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
Destin

Destin ©
With emerald water and white beaches, Destin is one of America's favorite vacation destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then stroll through Destin Dog Park. Keep things going the next day: stop by Destin Ice House, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then admire the majestic nature at Henderson Beach State Park.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Destin online trip maker .

New York City to Destin is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, Destin is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 91°F and lows of 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in Destin

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Henderson Beach State Park ©
Henderson Beach State Park
Destin Dog Park ©
Destin Dog Park

1
night
Panama City Beach

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
On the 30th (Thu), admire the majestic nature at St. Andrews State Park, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then browse the different shops at Pier Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Panama City Beach trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Destin to Panama City Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. August in Panama City Beach sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
St. Andrews State Park ©
St. Andrews State Park
Pier Park ©
Pier Park

1
night
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. On the 31st (Fri), look for gifts at Faux Paws, explore and take pictures at Flagler College, then tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Augustine Beach, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at St. Augustine Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, then make a trip to St. George Street, and then identify plant and animal life at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Augustine driving holiday website .

You can drive from Panama City Beach to St. Augustine in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach

1
night
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): look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center, then sample the tasty concoctions at Islamorada Beer Company Brewery and Tasting Room, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, take in the views from Seven Mile Bridge, then take in the views from Old Seven Mile Bridge, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia Honda State Park.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Marathon road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from St. Augustine to Marathon takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from St. Augustine in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 79°F in Marathon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Islamorada, Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Seven Mile Bridge ©
Seven Mile Bridge

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, enjoy the sea views from Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, and look for gifts at Peppers of Key West.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Key West itinerary planning app .

Getting from Marathon to Key West by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Key West, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 80°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Marco Island.

Things to do in Key West

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then partake in some friendly competition at Xtreme Escape Game.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Marco Island trip simple and quick.

You can ride a ferry from Key West to Marco Island in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Key West in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 74°F in Marco Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Marco Island

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Xtreme Escape Game ©
Xtreme Escape Game

1
night
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
On the 8th (Sat), examine the collection at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, stroll through Bowman's Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Isabel Catholic Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sanibel Island trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Marco Island to Sanibel Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Sanibel Island, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach
St. Isabel Catholic Church ©
St. Isabel Catholic Church

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