Route & dates
8 days in Central West Florida Itinerary
Start: San Diego
Tampa— 6 nights
Drive: 1h 30min
Crystal River— 1 night
bus + foot + Fly: 8h 15min
End: San Diego
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
Clearwater, St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach, Philippe Park, Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks
The Gem of the Nature Coast
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.