15 days in Florida Itinerary

15 days in Florida Itinerary

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15 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
+2
Fly + tram + train:  13​h
1
Fort Lauderdale
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
2
Miami Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Marathon
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
5
Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Helsinki

few
hours
Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale ©
Known as the "Venice of America" because of its extensive network of navigable waterways, Fort Lauderdale welcomes over 10 million annual visitors, most of them attracted by the city's popular beaches and marinas.
To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Lauderdale tour itinerary planning app .

Helsinki, Finland to Fort Lauderdale is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight, tram, and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of ferry, flight, tram, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Helsinki to Fort Lauderdale. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Fort Lauderdale to be warmer, temps between 31°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
E Las Olas Blvd ©
E Las Olas Blvd

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 23rd (Sun): take a stroll through Collins Avenue, wander the streets of Lincoln Road, then enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Art Deco Historic District.

To find out how to plan a trip to Miami Beach, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Fort Lauderdale to Miami Beach in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District
South Beach ©
South Beach

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.
On the 24th (Mon), kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach, identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Marathon route planning website .

Traveling by car from Miami Beach to Marathon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, tram, and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dry Tortugas National Park and Uva Wine Shop & Bar. Head to Key West Treasure Chest and De La Galleryfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and enjoy the sea views from Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Key West vacation planning tool .

Take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Key West, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Myers Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Captiva Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bowman's Beach, and then stop by Bailey's General Store.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Sanibel Island holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Key West to Sanibel Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Key West in December, Sanibel Island is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Fort Myers Beach, Captiva Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach
Captiva Beach ©
Captiva Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
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 31st (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours and then kick back and relax at Barefoot Beach Preserve. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Otter Mound Preserve, get interesting insight from Tours, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Marco Island trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Marco Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Marco Island, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Orlando.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Barefoot Beach Preserve, Speed Boats Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Barefoot Beach Preserve ©
Barefoot Beach Preserve
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Stetson Mansion and The Florida Mall. Head to World of Disney and The LEGO Store Downtown Disneyfor some retail therapy. Pack the 2nd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Walt Disney World Resort. Next up on the itinerary: get some fabulous bargains at Orlando Premium Outlets - Vineland Avenue and take in a show at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Orlando trip planning tool .

Drive from Marco Island to Orlando in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Stetson Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
World of Disney ©
World of Disney

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