18 days in Florida Itinerary

18 days in Florida Itinerary

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18 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + shuttle:  13​h 30​min
1
Islamorada
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
2
Key West
— 4 nights
ferry:  3​h 30​min
3
Everglades City
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Crystal River
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Orlando
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Zurich

2
nights
Islamorada

Islamorada ©
Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
On the 31st (Mon), look for gifts at Ocean Gardens. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center, identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sombrero Beach, and finally stop by Bass Pro Shops.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Islamorada trip itinerary planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Islamorada is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Zurich in December; daily highs in Islamorada reach 31°C and lows reach 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Key West.

Things to do in Islamorada

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Marathon, Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Bahia Honda State Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Uva Wine Shop & Bar. Take a break from Key West with a short trip to Out of the Blue Gallery in Big Pine Key, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Peppers of Key West, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Key West trip builder site .

Getting from Islamorada to Key West by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In January in Key West, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Everglades City.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Pine Key
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Everglades City

Everglades City is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, of which it is the former county seat. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the galleries of Smallwood Store, then contemplate the waterfront views at Chokoloskee Bay, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Big Cypress National Preserve, then hike along Kirby Storter Roadside Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at 99 Mile Wilderness Waterway.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Everglades City online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Key West to Everglades City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Key West in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Everglades City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Everglades City

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Ochopee, Smallwood Store
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
99 Mile Wilderness Waterway ©
99 Mile Wilderness Waterway
Kirby Storter Roadside Park ©
Kirby Storter Roadside Park

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 9th (Wed), hunt for treasures at Marco Island Farmers Market-Wednesday, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Fifth Avenue South. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then stop by Island Trends, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tigertail Beach.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Marco Island trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Everglades City to Marco Island in an hour. In January in Marco Island, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Fifth Avenue South
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Tigertail Beach ©
Tigertail Beach

2
nights
Sanibel Island

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
On the 11th (Fri), kick back and relax at Fort Myers Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Captiva Beach, kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach, and then look for gifts at Bailey's General Store.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sanibel Island travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Marco Island to Sanibel Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Sanibel Island are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Crystal River.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Fort Myers Beach, Captiva Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach
Captiva Beach ©
Captiva Beach

2
nights
Crystal River

Crystal River ©
The jewel of Florida's Nature Coast, Crystal River spreads around spring-fed Kings Bay, known for maintaining a constant 22 C (72 F) temperature all year long.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then explore the activities along Three Sisters Springs.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Crystal River trip planner.

You can drive from Sanibel Island to Crystal River in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Sanibel Island in January, things will get little chillier in Crystal River: highs are around 23°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Crystal River

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
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.
On the 15th (Tue), revel in the low prices at Orlando Premium Outlets - Vineland Avenue, discover the magic at Happily Ever After Fireworks, then look for gifts at Modernism Museum Shoppe, and finally admire the striking features of Stetson Mansion. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at The Florida Mall and then take a stroll through International Drive.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Orlando online visit planner .

Getting from Crystal River to Orlando by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Orlando when traveling from Crystal River in January, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stetson Mansion, Modernism Museum Shoppe
Highlights from your plan
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets ©
Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets
International Drive ©
International Drive

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