17 days in Florida Itinerary

17 days in Florida Itinerary

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St. Augustine
— 3 nights
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Marco Island
— 2 nights
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Naples
— 3 nights
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Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
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Sarasota
— 1 night
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Fort Walton Beach
— 3 nights
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Panama City Beach
— 1 night
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St. Augustine

— 3 nights
St. Explore hidden gems such as Princess Place Preserve and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the history behind Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at St. Augustine Distillery, and enjoy the sand and surf at St. Augustine Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our St. Augustine travel route planner.

Ocala to St. Augustine is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In October, daytime highs in St. Augustine are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Marco Island

— 2 nights
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 5th (Tue): get outside with Native Guided Fishing Charters and then enjoy the sand and surf at South Marco Beach.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Marco Island trip planner.

You can drive from St. Augustine to Marco Island in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from St. Augustine in October, you will find days in Marco Island are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). You'll set off for Naples on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Naples

— 3 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to All Water Excursions and Naples Beach Brewery.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Naples travel planner.

Naples is just a stone's throw from Marco Island. In October, daytime highs in Naples are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Naples

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Sanibel Island

— 2 nights
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then kick back and relax at Captiva Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Tarpon Bay Beach and then kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sanibel Island holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Naples to Sanibel Island takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Sanibel Island are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sarasota.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Sarasota

— 1 night
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. On the 12th (Tue), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Siesta Key Rum. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Crescent Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours, and then kick back and relax at Bean Point.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sarasota online road trip planner.

Getting from Sanibel Island to Sarasota by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Sarasota can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Fort Walton Beach.

Things to do in Sarasota

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Walton Beach

— 3 nights
Fort Walton Beach is a city in southern Okaloosa County, Florida, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Okaloosa Island and Wall South. Venture out of the city with trips to Topsail Beach State Preserve (in Santa Rosa Beach), Pensacola (Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve, Historic Pensacola Village, &more) and Emerald Coast Wine Cellars (in Miramar Beach). Next up on the itinerary: play a few rounds at Goofy Golf, walk around John C Beasley Park, see the interesting displays at Indian Temple Mound and Museum, and fulfill a lifelong dream with AJ's Water Adventures.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fort Walton Beach route website.

Traveling by flight from Sarasota to Fort Walton Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sarasota to Fort Walton Beach is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sarasota in October, expect Fort Walton Beach to be little chillier, temps between 80°F and 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in Fort Walton Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Panama City Beach

— 1 night

World's Most Beautiful Beaches

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
On the 17th (Sun), take in the waterfront at Russell Fields City Pier and then stroll around Conservation Park.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Panama City Beach vacation planner.

You can drive from Fort Walton Beach to Panama City Beach in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Parks

Florida travel guide

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Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Theme Parks
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.