12 days in Florida Itinerary

12 days in Florida Itinerary

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12 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Cartagena
Fly:  7​h
1
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Key West
— 3 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
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Cartagena

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.
Have a day of magic on the 11th (Sun) at Walt Disney World Resort. Have a day of magic on the 10th (Sat) at Disney's Animal Kingdom. There's more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Orlando Resort and discover the magic at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Orlando trip planner.

Cartagena, Colombia to Orlando is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Disney's Animal Kingdom ©
Disney's Animal Kingdom

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Fort Zachary Taylor. Step out of the city life by going to Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Isle Cook Key West, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and view the masterpieces at 7 Artists & Friends.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Key West tour itinerary site .

You can fly from Orlando to Key West in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Key West, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
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. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Artists in Paradise Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at National Key Deer Refuge, and then admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Big Pine Key itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Key West to Big Pine Key takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Big Pine Key sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Key Largo.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Parks Outdoors Nature
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 16th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Spiegel Grove, then stop by Sandal Kingdom, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Key Largo day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Big Pine Key to Key Largo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Key Largo sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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 18th (Sun): take a stroll through Collins Avenue, then explore and take pictures at Lincoln Road, then wander the streets of Art Deco Historic District, and finally kick back and relax at South Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Bayside Marketplace and then shop like a local with Aventura Mall.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Miami Beach tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Key Largo to Miami Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Miami Beach sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Aventura Mall, Bayside Marketplace
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
South Beach ©
South Beach
Collins Avenue ©
Collins Avenue

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