8 days in Florida Itinerary

8 days in Florida Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Florida trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Everglades City
— 1 day
Drive
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Marco Island
— 1 night
Ferry
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Key West
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marathon
— 1 night
Drive
5
Islamorada
— 1 night
Drive
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Key Largo
— 1 night
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Everglades City

— 1 day
Everglades City is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, of which it is the former county seat. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Everglades City trip planner.

San Antonio to Everglades City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Antonio in December, with highs in Everglades City at 80°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Everglades City

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Marco Island

— 1 night
Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. On the 27th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at South Marco Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Marco Island travel route builder tool.

Getting from Everglades City to Marco Island by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Key West.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Spas

Key West

— 3 nights

Conch Republic

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.
Get outdoors at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Dry Tortugas National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Saint Mary Star of the Sea and Audubon House & Tropical Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, step aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Key West route planner.

Getting from Marco Island to Key West by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Marco Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Key West, with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Marathon

— 1 night

Heart of the Florida Keys

A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
On the 31st (Thu), cast your line with a fishing tour, then identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then stroll through Bahia Honda State Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Marathon trip builder.

Traveling by car from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Marathon are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Islamorada.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Islamorada

— 1 night

The Village of Islands

Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, relax and rejuvenate at Island Flow Yoga, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find ratings and tourist information, go to the Islamorada sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Marathon to Islamorada in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Islamorada, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Key Largo.

Things to do in Islamorada

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Key Largo

— 1 night

Diving Capital of the World

The northernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key Largo provides stunning scenery, a number of watersports opportunities, and plenty of areas to relax on vacation.
On the 2nd (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, then take a tour by water with PADDLE! The Florida Keys, and then step aboard African Queen Canal Cruise.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Key Largo road trip website.

Key Largo is just a short distance from Islamorada. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Key Largo when traveling from Islamorada in January, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Key Largo

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Florida travel guide

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Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Theme Parks
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.