7 days in Florida Itinerary

7 days in Florida Itinerary

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7 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Drive:  3​h
1
Marathon
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
2
Destin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Panama City Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
St. Augustine
— 1 night
+3
Drive + Fly + tram + train:  5​h
End: Fort Lauderdale

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Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital and then admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Sombrero Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center, and then choose your vessel at Captain Hook's Marina & Dive Center.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Marathon trip planner.

Fort Lauderdale to Marathon is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July in Marathon, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 81°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Destin.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

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Bahia Honda State Park
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The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Captain Hook's Marina & Dive Center ©
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center

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Destin

Destin ©
With emerald water and white beaches, Destin is one of America's favorite vacation destinations.
On the 2nd (Thu), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then kick back and relax at Navarre Beach. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: race across the water with a speed boat tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then immerse yourself in nature at Henderson Beach State Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Destin itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Marathon to Destin takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Marathon to Destin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Destin are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Panama City Beach.

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Beaches Outdoors Parks

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Navarre Beach
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Henderson Beach State Park ©
Henderson Beach State Park
Navarre Beach ©
Navarre Beach

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Panama City Beach

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Gulf World Marine Park, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Andrews State Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City Beach online travel planner .

Getting from Destin to Panama City Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Destin to Panama City Beach. August in Panama City Beach sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gulf World Marine Park ©
Gulf World Marine Park

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St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick back and relax at St. Augustine Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): sample the fine beverages at St. Augustine Distillery, then see the interesting displays at The Lightner Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, and finally examine the collection at St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our St. Augustine tour planning site .

Getting from Panama City Beach to St. Augustine by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in St. Augustine can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach

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