8 days in Florida Itinerary

8 days in Florida Itinerary

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8 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  6​h
1
Miami Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Islamorada
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Marathon
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Houston

2
nights
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take a stroll through Collins Avenue. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Art Deco Historic District, and then wander the streets of Lincoln Road.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Miami Beach driving holiday planner.

Houston to Miami Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus, flight, and tram. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Miami Beach is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Houston in December, with highs in Miami Beach at 81°F and lows at 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Islamorada.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Aventura Mall, Village of Merrick Park
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South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

1
night
Islamorada

Islamorada ©
Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
On the 11th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, then kick back and relax at Anne's Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Indian Key State Historic Site.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Islamorada travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Miami Beach to Islamorada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Islamorada sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Islamorada

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
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Indian Key State Historic Site ©
Indian Key State Historic Site
Anne's Beach ©
Anne's Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Sombrero Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at San Pablo Catholic Church, then identify plant and animal life at Pigeon Key Foundation, then look for all kinds of wild species at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, and finally stop by Bayshore Clothing.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Marathon trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Islamorada to Marathon in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Pigeon Key Foundation ©
Pigeon Key Foundation
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, stop by Tucker's Provisions, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, and finally stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Oldest House & Garden Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Truman Little White House, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Fort Zachary Taylor.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Key West vacation planning tool .

You can take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Key West are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor

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