17 days in Florida Itinerary

17 days in Florida Itinerary

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17 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Key West
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Marathon, Florida Keys
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Miami Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Daytona Beach
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
5
St. Augustine
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: Cape Town

2
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum and Fort Zachary Taylor. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, glide through the air with Fury Water Adventures Key West, take in the waterfront at Mallory Square, and categoryPhrases.phrase.deepen_your_appreciation_for_local_ecosystems_through Sebago Key West.

For reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Key West road trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Key West is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Cape Town to Key West, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cape Town, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Key West, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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3
nights
Marathon, Florida Keys

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bahia Honda State Park and Anne's Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin Research Center and Coco Plum Beach. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sombrero Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Park Beach, snap pictures at Seven Mile Bridge, and add some fun to your beach time Captain Hook's.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Marathon trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Marathon sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bahia Honda State Park, Sunset Park Beach, Anne's Beach
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Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach

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.
Visiting Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and Fort Lauderdale Beach Park will get you outdoors. Attractions like South Beach and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Miami Beach with an excursion to Bonnet House Museum and Gardens in Fort Lauderdale--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: get outside with Boucher Brothers, examine the collection at World Erotic Art Museum (WEAM), look for gifts at Perfect Gifts South Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Miami Beach online day trip planner .

Drive from Marathon to Miami Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Daytona Beach.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Fort Lauderdale, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park ©
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Fort Lauderdale Beach Park ©
Fort Lauderdale Beach Park
South Beach ©
South Beach

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nights
Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach ©
The iconic seaside destination of Daytona Beach once supported sugar mill plantations, but now entertains up to 8 million visitors a year.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and MOAS - Museum of Arts and Sciences will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Marine Science Center and Beach at Daytona Beach. When in Daytona Beach, make a side trip to see Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Merritt Island, approximately Merritt Island away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Brendan Catholic Church, explore the activities along Cracker Creek, get engrossed in the history at Halifax Historical Museum, and look for gifts at The Posh Pineapple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Daytona Beach route site .

Traveling by car from Miami Beach to Daytona Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Daytona Beach are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Daytona Beach

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ponce Inlet, St. Brendan Catholic Church, Cracker Creek, The Posh Pineapple, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
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Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum ©
Marine Science Center ©
Marine Science Center
MOAS - Museum of Arts and Sciences ©
MOAS - Museum of Arts and Sciences

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nights
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Bring the kids along to Atlantic Beach and St. Augustine Beach. Let the collections at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc. and First Colony capture your imagination. When in St. Augustine, make a side trip to see Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park in Jacksonville, approximately Jacksonville away. There's more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fort Matanzas National Monument and admire the majestic nature at Anastasia State Park.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Augustine vacation maker website .

Traveling by bus from Daytona Beach to St. Augustine takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in St. Augustine are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Jacksonville
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Fort Matanzas National Monument ©
Fort Matanzas National Monument
Anastasia State Park ©
Anastasia State Park
St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach

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