5 days in Gulf Shores & Florida Keys Itinerary

5 days in Gulf Shores & Florida Keys Itinerary

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5 days in Gulf Shores & Florida Keys Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
Gulf Shores
— Few hours
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
2
Islamorada
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Big Pine Key
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
4
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Nashville

few
hours
Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): view the masterpieces at Pottery Central World Headquarters and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gulf Shores day trip planning tool .

Nashville to Gulf Shores is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. July in Gulf Shores sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Islamorada.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pottery Central World Headquarters ©

1
day
Islamorada

Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Islamorada day trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Gulf Shores to Islamorada takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Gulf Shores to Islamorada, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gulf Shores in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Islamorada, with lows of 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Islamorada

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Big Pine Key

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 3rd (Wed), shop like a local with Artists in Paradise Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge, and then immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Pine Key holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Islamorada to Big Pine Key takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Big Pine Key can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Key West.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Artists in Paradise Gallery ©
Artists in Paradise Gallery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then steep yourself in history at Truman Little White House, then view the masterpieces at 7 Artists & Friends, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Zachary Taylor and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Key West online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Big Pine Key to Key West by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In July, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parasailing & Paragliding

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