13 days in Southeast Florida & Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

13 days in Southeast Florida & Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Key West
— 4 nights
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Marathon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Miami Beach
— 3 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 1 night
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South Padre Island
— 1 night
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Key West

— 4 nights

Conch Republic

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.
Appreciate the collections at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum and Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Get some historical perspective at Saint Mary Star of the Sea and West Martello Tower. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, learn about all things military at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, examine the collection at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, and stop by Peppers of Key West.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Key West vacation tool.

Reno to Key West is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Reno to Key West due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Reno in December, expect Key West to be warmer, temps between 79°F and 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Marathon

— 3 nights

Heart of the Florida Keys

A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin Research Center and Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center. Crane Point Museum & Nature Center and Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Marathon's surroundings by going to Key Largo (Parasailing & Paragliding, Swim with Dolphins, &more). There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Marathon trip builder website.

You can drive from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Miami Beach

— 3 nights

The World's Playground

Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Visit Lincoln Road and Art Deco Historic District for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Shark Valley Visitor Center and Las Olas Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Miami Beach side-trips: Robert Is Here (in Homestead) and Anhinga Trail (in Everglades National Park). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, stroll through South Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Britto Central, and examine the collection at Lock & Load Museum.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Miami Beach trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Marathon to Miami Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in December, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Corpus Christi

— 1 night

Texas Riviera

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
On the 22nd (Tue), stroll through Malaquite Beach and Pavilion and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Padre Island National Seashore.

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Traveling by flight from Miami Beach to Corpus Christi takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Miami Beach to Corpus Christi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Miami Beach in December; daily highs in Corpus Christi reach 69°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

South Padre Island

— 1 night
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then look for gifts at Karen's Custom Toe Rings.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island holiday builder site.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in South Padre Island when traveling from Corpus Christi in December, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Texas Gulf Coast travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Aquariums · Science Museums
Stretching over 965 km (600 mi) from Louisiana to the Mexican border, the Texas Gulf Coast is the state's main region for outdoor activity and vacation getaways. Dotted with funky seaside villages, expansive national parks, and beautiful golden sand beaches, the Gulf Coast is only an hour's drive from Houston, the state's cultural and commercial hub. For some historical sightseeing, wander through centuries-old downtown Galveston, or head to South Padre Island for a tropical holiday.