8 days in Central West Florida Itinerary

8 days in Central West Florida Itinerary

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8 days in Central West Florida Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  6​h
1
Tampa
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Crystal River
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: San Diego

6
nights
Tampa

Tampa ©
Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Venture out of the city with trips to St. Pete Beach (Saint Pete Beach & Pass-a-Grille), Historic Kenwood (in St. Petersburg) and Clearwater (Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater Beach, & more). Pack the 17th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Busch Gardens. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Philippe Park, see the interesting displays at The Dali Museum, take in the views from Sunshine Skyway Bridge, and go for a stroll along the water at Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tampa day trip planning website .

San Diego to Tampa is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Tampa is 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in November: highs in Tampa hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Crystal River.

Things to do in Tampa

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Clearwater, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, John's Pass Village and Boardwalk, Philippe Park
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Saint Pete Beach ©
Saint Pete Beach
Busch Gardens ©
Busch Gardens
Clearwater Beach ©
Clearwater Beach

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Crystal River trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Tampa to Crystal River takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tampa in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Crystal River, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Crystal River

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling