18 days in Florida Itinerary

18 days in Florida Itinerary

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18 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  27​h
1
Key West
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Marathon
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Islamorada
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Miami
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Orlando
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
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.
Key West is known for adventure, museums, nightlife, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, cast your line with a fishing tour, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Key West trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Key West is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Key West is minus 15 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in January: highs in Key West hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park, then get advice or help at Pigeon Key Foundation, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pablo Catholic Church. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Gemini Dream Charters, then look for all kinds of wild species at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Marathon trip planner .

You can take a bus from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Marathon are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Islamorada.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Pine Key
Highlights from your plan
San Pablo Catholic Church ©
San Pablo Catholic Church
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©

2
nights
Islamorada

Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then get outside with A Lil' Tail Charters. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, then immerse yourself in nature at Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, and then steep yourself in history at Indian Key State Historic Site.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Islamorada trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Marathon to Islamorada takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Islamorada sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Miami.

Things to do in Islamorada

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park ©

3
nights
Miami

Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Step out of Miami with an excursion to Shark Valley in Everglades National Park--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Patrick Catholic Church, take a stroll through Lincoln Road, and browse the different shops at Bayside Marketplace.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Miami trip maker website .

Drive from Islamorada to Miami in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Miami can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Shark Valley
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden ©
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
South Beach ©
South Beach

5
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.
Have a day of magic on the 25th (Fri) at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 27th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Orlando Resort, make an unforgettable trip to Magic Kingdom Park, laugh and play at Happily Ever After Fireworks, and meet the residents at SeaWorld Orlando.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Orlando online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Miami to Orlando takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Miami in January, things will get slightly colder in Orlando: highs are around 25°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

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