8 days in Florida Itinerary

8 days in Florida Itinerary

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8 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Key West
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Marathon, Florida Keys
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Sanibel Island
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
St. Augustine
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Panama City Beach
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  6​h
End: Newark

2
nights
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 1st (Sat): learn about all things military at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, browse the different shops at Emerald's International, and then look for gifts at Peppers of Key West. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Key West online day trip planner .

Newark to Key West is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Newark in September, with highs in Key West at 88°F and lows at 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Peppers of Key West ©
Peppers of Key West

2
nights
Marathon, Florida Keys

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 4th (Tue): stroll through Sombrero Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, and then immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center, view the masterpieces at Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery, and then choose your vessel at Robbie's of Islamorada.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Marathon vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Marathon are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Islamorada, Bahia Honda State Park
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Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach
Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery ©
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center

1
night
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
On the 6th (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, look for gifts at B Unique Boutique, then look for gifts at Sanibel Seashell Industries, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bowman's Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sanibel Island road trip website .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Marathon to Sanibel Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Marathon in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 74°F in Sanibel Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach
B Unique Boutique ©
B Unique Boutique

1
day
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, kick back and relax at St. Augustine Beach, then examine the collection at The Lightner Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Medieval Torture Collection.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our St. Augustine trip planner .

Getting from Sanibel Island to St. Augustine by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Sanibel Island in September, expect nights in St. Augustine to be about the same, around 73°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 85°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Museums Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Medieval Torture Museum ©
Medieval Torture Museum
Lightner Museum ©
Lightner Museum

1
day
Panama City Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Little Village, and then browse the different shops at Pier Park.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Panama City Beach route app .

Getting from St. Augustine to Panama City Beach by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in September, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Shopping Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pier Park ©
Pier Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Little Village ©
Little Village

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