17 days in Florida Itinerary

17 days in Florida Itinerary

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Miami
— 2 nights
Fly
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Merritt Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Orlando
— 6 nights
Fly
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Key West
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marathon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Key Largo
— 2 nights
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Miami

— 2 nights

Magic City

Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and then identify plant and animal life at Shark Valley Visitor Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, then take a stroll through Lincoln Road, and finally wander the streets of Espanola Way.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Miami trip itinerary planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Miami is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Miami, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, things will get slightly colder in Miami: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Merritt Island.

Things to do in Miami

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Merritt Island

— 1 night
On the 17th (Fri), see the sky in a new way at NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and then engage your brain at Space Shuttle Atlantis.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Merritt Island day trip tool.

You can fly from Miami to Merritt Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Miami in December, expect nights in Merritt Island to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Orlando.

Things to do in Merritt Island

Childrens Museums · Museums

Orlando

— 6 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 20th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Have a day of magic on the 22nd (Wed) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and discover the magic at Magic Kingdom Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Orlando driving holiday planner.

Getting from Merritt Island to Orlando by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder evenings in Orlando when traveling from Merritt Island in December, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Tours · Outdoors

Key West

— 3 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.
Kids will enjoy The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Mallory Square. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, take in nature's colorful creations at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, and make a trip to Duval Street.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Key West day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Orlando to Key West takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in December, Key West is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Marathon

— 2 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.
On the 27th (Mon), stroll through National Key Deer Refuge and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia Honda State Park. On your second day here, fulfill a lifelong dream with Dolphin Connection, then kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach, then examine the collection at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pablo Catholic Church.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Marathon trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Marathon can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Key Largo

— 2 nights

Diving Capital of the World

The northernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key Largo provides stunning scenery, a number of watersports opportunities, and plenty of areas to relax on vacation.
On the 29th (Wed), meet the residents at Island Dolphin Care, tour the pleasant surroundings at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Key Largo trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Marathon to Key Largo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Marathon in December, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Key Largo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.