45 days in Florida Itinerary

45 days in Florida Itinerary

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45 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  26​h
1
Orlando
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Crystal River
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Naples
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Marco Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
5
Key West
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Marathon
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Islamorada
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
8
Key Largo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Miami
— 10 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

6
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.
Orlando is known for theme parks, nightlife, fun & games, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make an unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World Resort, find something for the whole family at Discovery Cove, test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Orlando, and laugh and play at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Orlando tour planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Orlando is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Melbourne to Orlando due to the time zone difference. In December in Orlando, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Crystal River.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©

3
nights
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.
Explore Crystal River's surroundings by going to Sholom Park (in Ocala), Blue Spring (in High Springs) and Tampa Bay Sporting Clays and Archery (in Land O Lakes). There's lots more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, contemplate the long history of Old Homosassa Veteran's Memorial, explore the activities along Homosassa River, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cross Florida Greenway - Withlacoochee Bay Trail.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Crystal River trip planner .

You can drive from Orlando to Crystal River in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Orlando in December since evenings lows in Crystal River dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Naples.

Things to do in Crystal River

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Homosassa, Tampa Bay Sporting Clays and Archery, Sholom Park, Blue Spring
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling
Homosassa River ©
Homosassa River

4
nights
Naples

Naples is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States. Explore Naples' surroundings by going to Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge (in Immokalee), Captain Jack Boat Tours (in Matlacha) and St. Jude Nature Trail (in Saint James City). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Bird Gardens of Naples, and examine the collection at Revs Institute.

Plan a Naples trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Crystal River to Naples in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Crystal River in December, expect Naples to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marco Island.

Things to do in Naples

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Captain Jack Boat Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, St. Jude Nature Trail, Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Captain Jack Boat Tours ©
Captain Jack Boat Tours

3
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. Step out of Marco Island to go to Everglades City and see Speed Boats Tours, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stroll around Mackle Park, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Marco Island day trip tool .

You can drive from Naples to Marco Island in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Key West.

Things to do in Marco Island

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

5
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.
Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, cast your line with a fishing tour, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Key West travel route site .

Traveling by ferry from Marco Island to Key West takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Marco Island in December since evenings lows in Key West dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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.
When in Marathon, make a side trip to see National Key Deer Refuge in Big Pine Key, approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park, get all the information you need at Pigeon Key Foundation, look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Marathon sightseeing site .

Traveling by bus from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Marathon sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Islamorada.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Pine Key, Sunset Park Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach

4
nights
Islamorada

Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Islamorada is known for wildlife, adventure, museums, beaches, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get outside with Satisfaction Charters Inc., look for gifts at Bella Sol Fragrance Bar and Gifts, and immerse yourself in nature at Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Islamorada trip planner .

Getting from Marathon to Islamorada by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In January in Islamorada, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Islamorada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park ©
A  Lil' Tail Charters ©
A Lil' Tail Charters

4
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.
Step out of Key Largo with an excursion to Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, admire the majestic nature at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Island Dolphin Care.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Key Largo trip planning tool .

Drive from Islamorada to Key Largo in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Key Largo when traveling from Islamorada in January, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Miami.

Things to do in Key Largo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Anhinga Trail
Highlights from your plan
Island Dolphin Care ©
Island Dolphin Care

10
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Miami: Everglades National Park (Shark Valley, Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail, & more), Thalatta Estate Park (in Palmetto Bay) and Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum (in Homestead). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at South Beach, examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, enjoy some diversion at Lock & Load Miami, and explore the striking landscape of Everglades National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Miami trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Key Largo to Miami takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Miami, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Miami Beach, Davie, Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum, Everglades National Park
Highlights from your plan
Panther Ridge Conservation Center ©
Panther Ridge Conservation Center
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Gumbo Limbo Trail ©
Gumbo Limbo Trail

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