18 days in Florida Itinerary

18 days in Florida Itinerary

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18 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Orlando
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tampa
— 2 nights
Bus:  30​min
3
St. Petersburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Siesta Key
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Sanibel Island
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3​h
6
Key West
— 3 nights
Bus:  45​min
7
Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Miami
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Manchester

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.
Family-friendly places like Walt Disney World Resort and Universal's Islands of Adventure will thrill your kids. Have a day of magic on the 29th (Sun) at Magic Kingdom Park. Pack the 30th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld Orlando, look for gifts at World of Chocolate Museum and Cafe, and make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Orlando trip maker app .

Manchester, UK to Orlando is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Manchester to Orlando due to the time zone difference. In July, Orlando is much hotter than Manchester - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tampa.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Shopping Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort

2
nights
Tampa

Tampa ©
Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): get in on the family fun at Busch Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, then meet the residents at The Florida Aquarium, and then meet the residents at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tampa trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Orlando to Tampa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Tampa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Tampa

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ©
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
ZooTampa at Lowry Park ©
ZooTampa at Lowry Park
The Florida Aquarium ©
The Florida Aquarium

1
night
St. Petersburg

Located on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, St.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Saint Pete Beach, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then stroll through Spa Beach Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip builder site .

St. Petersburg is just a short distance from Tampa. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Siesta Key.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Saint Pete Beach, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Saint Pete Beach ©
Saint Pete Beach
Spa Beach Park ©
Spa Beach Park

1
night
Siesta Key

Siesta Key ©
Siesta Key draws most of its visitors with soft, white-quartz sand beaches and translucent ocean water.
On the 3rd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Crescent Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Siesta Beach, and then make a trip to Siesta Key Village.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Siesta Key trip itinerary tool .

Drive from St. Petersburg to Siesta Key in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Siesta Key

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Siesta Key Village
Highlights from your plan
Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach
Crescent Beach ©
Crescent Beach
Siesta Key Village
Siesta Key Village

1
night
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
On the 4th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Blind Pass Beach Park, then kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach, and then make a trip to The Hirdie-Girdie Gallery.

Before you visit Sanibel Island, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Siesta Key to Sanibel Island in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach
Blind Pass Beach Park ©
Blind Pass Beach Park
The Hirdie-Girdie Gallery ©
The Hirdie-Girdie Gallery

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Fun In The Sun Key West. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, meet the residents at Key West Aquarium, and take a leisurely stroll along Mallory Square.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Key West trip planning website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Sanibel Island to Key West in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sanibel Island in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Key West, with lows of 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Key West Aquarium ©
Key West Aquarium

1
night
Big Pine Key, Florida Keys

Big Pine Key ©
Big Pine Key is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, United States, on an island of the same name in the Florida Keys. On the 8th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge, then look for all kinds of wild species at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Big Pine Key trip planner.

You can drive from Key West to Big Pine Key in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Miami.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Crane Point Museum & Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©

2
nights
Miami

Miami ©
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 9th (Thu): examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, buy something for everyone on your list at Lincoln Road, then kick back and relax at South Beach, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Bayside Marketplace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): head outdoors with Venetian Pool and then get in on the family fun at Jungle Island.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Miami trip planner .

You can drive from Big Pine Key to Miami in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and tram; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Miami are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Venetian Pool
Highlights from your plan
South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ©
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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