18 days in Florida Itinerary

18 days in Florida Itinerary

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18 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + bus:  25​h
1
St. Augustine
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Key Largo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Marathon
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Brisbane

4
nights
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at St. Augustine Beach and Beach at Daytona Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine and Fort Matanzas National Monument. Change things up with these side-trips from St. Augustine: Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum (in Ponce Inlet) and Stetson Mansion (in DeLand). Next up on the itinerary: gain insight at Flagler College, enjoy the sea views from St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc., and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at St. Augustine Distillery.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the St. Augustine trip itinerary tool .

Brisbane, Australia to St. Augustine is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Brisbane to St. Augustine due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in January: highs in St. Augustine hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, Beach at Daytona Beach, Stetson Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine ©
Fort Matanzas National Monument ©
Fort Matanzas National Monument
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion

2
nights
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bowman's Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Captiva Beach and then take in nature's colorful creations at Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sanibel Island route website .

Getting from St. Augustine to Sanibel Island by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, Sanibel Island is a bit warmer than St. Augustine - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Captiva Beach, Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Highlights from your plan
Captiva Beach ©
Captiva Beach
Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach

2
nights
Marco Island

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. On the 20th (Mon), zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Marco Island day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Marco Island takes 2 hours. January in Marco Island sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Speed Boats Tours
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Key Largo

Key Largo ©
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 22nd (Wed), admire the majestic nature at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Anhinga Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Key Largo road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Marco Island to Key Largo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Key Largo when traveling from Marco Island in January, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Key Largo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Anhinga Trail, Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Parasailing & Paragliding

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.
On the 24th (Fri), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sombrero Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center, immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park, and then snap pictures at Seven Mile Bridge.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Marathon trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Key Largo to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Marathon can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Dry Tortugas National Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, admire all the interesting features of The Overseas Highway, get engrossed in the history at Truman Little White House, and admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Key West trip builder tool .

You can take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Key West Cemetery ©
Key West Cemetery

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