15 days in Miami Beach & Florida Keys Itinerary

15 days in Miami Beach & Florida Keys Itinerary

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15 days in Miami Beach & Florida Keys Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Miami Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Islamorada
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Marathon
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Key West
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Detroit

4
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.
Bring the kids along to South Beach and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Shark Valley Visitor Center (in Everglades National Park) and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (in Coral Gables). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Lincoln Road, make a trip to Ocean Drive, get a taste of the local shopping with Collins Avenue, and buy something for everyone on your list at Bayside Marketplace.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Miami Beach trip planner.

Detroit to Miami Beach is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, Miami Beach is much hotter than Detroit - with highs of 81°F and lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Islamorada.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Miami, Shark Valley Visitor Center, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ©
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

3
nights
Islamorada

Islamorada ©
Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center and Swim with Dolphins. Step out of Islamorada with an excursion to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Islamorada Brewery & Distillery, get a taste of the local shopping with Old Road Gallery, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Island Dolphin Care.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Islamorada itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Miami Beach to Islamorada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Islamorada sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Islamorada

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Key Largo
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Island Dolphin Care ©
Island Dolphin Care
Swim with Dolphins

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Bahia Honda State Park and Sombrero Beach. Go for a jaunt from Marathon to Big Pine Key to see National Key Deer Refuge about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center, examine the collection at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, see some colorful creatures with Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Marathon trip itinerary site .

Getting from Islamorada to Marathon by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Marathon are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Pine Key
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Key West Aquarium will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, cast your line with a fishing tour, stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Key West day trip website .

You can take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Key West Aquarium ©
Key West Aquarium

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