19 days in Southeast Florida, Southwest Florida & Central Florida Itinerary

19 days in Southeast Florida, Southwest Florida & Central Florida Itinerary

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19 days in Southeast Florida, Southwest Florida & Central Florida Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly + shuttle:  14​h 30​min
1
Marathon
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Miami
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
Miami Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Siesta Key
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Orlando
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Barcelona

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Bahia Honda State Park and National Key Deer Refuge will thrill your kids. Visiting Sombrero Beach and Crane Point Museum & Nature Center will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Marathon to Islamorada to see Key Largo Adventures - an Islamorada Boat Charter about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at San Pablo Catholic Church, look for gifts at Bayshore Clothing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Anne's Beach, and take in the views from Seven Mile Bridge.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Marathon route site .

Barcelona, Spain to Marathon is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Barcelona to Marathon, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Barcelona in August, expect Marathon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Islamorada, Big Pine Key
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Fort Zachary Taylor and Audubon House & Tropical Gardens. The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Truman Little White House will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, choose your vessel at Fun In The Sun Key West, stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery, and admire the natural beauty at Oldest House & Garden Museum.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Key West day trip tool .

You can take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, daytime highs in Key West are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Miami.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House

3
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.
Get outdoors at Shark Valley and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and Barnacle State Historic Site. Change things up with a short trip to Hollywood Beach in Hollywood (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Crandon Park Beach, have fun at Lock & Load Miami, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Florida Lighthouse.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Miami trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Key West to Miami by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Key Biscayne, Shark Valley Visitor Center, Hollywood Beach
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Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ©
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Hollywood Beach ©
Hollywood Beach

2
nights
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 31st (Sat), stroll through South Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Tours, then take a stroll through Lincoln Road, and finally appreciate the history behind Holocaust Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Haulover Beach Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, and then don't miss a visit to Collins Avenue.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Miami Beach trip maker tool .

Miami Beach is just a short distance from Miami. August in Miami Beach sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Siesta Key.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trip

Haulover Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
South Beach ©
South Beach
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

2
nights
Siesta Key

Siesta Key ©
Siesta Key draws most of its visitors with soft, white-quartz sand beaches and translucent ocean water.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Crescent Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Siesta Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Siesta Key Village. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of De Soto National Memorial.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Siesta Key trip planner .

Getting from Miami Beach to Siesta Key by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, tram, and flight. In September in Siesta Key, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Siesta Key

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siesta Key Village, De Soto National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach
De Soto National Memorial ©
De Soto National Memorial
Crescent Beach ©
Crescent Beach

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Walt Disney World Resort and Universal's Islands of Adventure. Have a day of magic on the 4th (Wed) at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Orlando trip planner .

Traveling by car from Siesta Key to Orlando takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Orlando sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Disney's Animal Kingdom ©
Disney's Animal Kingdom

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