8 days in Florida Keys, Bonita Springs & Fort Lauderdale Itinerary

8 days in Florida Keys, Bonita Springs & Fort Lauderdale Itinerary

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Key West
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Big Pine Key
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Bonita Springs
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Fort Lauderdale
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, enjoy the sea views from Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, kick back and relax at Fort Zachary Taylor, contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, then view the masterpieces at 7 Artists & Friends Gallery, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Key West trip itinerary planner.

Elmira to Key West is an approximately 15.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Elmira in April, things will get much hotter in Key West: highs are around 83°F and lows about 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Big Pine Key

— 1 night
Big Pine Key is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, United States, on an island of the same name in the Florida Keys. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge, and then identify plant and animal life at Blue Hole.

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You can drive from Key West to Big Pine Key in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bonita Springs.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Bonita Springs

— 1 night
Bonita Springs is a city in Lee County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Barefoot Beach Preserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bonita Springs Public Beach.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bonita Springs tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Big Pine Key to Bonita Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Big Pine Key in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bonita Springs, with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fort Lauderdale.

Things to do in Bonita Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Fort Lauderdale

— 2 nights

Venice of America

Known as the "Venice of America" because of its extensive network of navigable waterways, Fort Lauderdale welcomes over 10 million annual visitors, most of them attracted by the city's popular beaches and marinas.
Lincoln Road and Art Deco Historic District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to South Beach and Las Olas Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Fort Lauderdale Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at International Swimming Hall of Fame, and get engrossed in the history at Stranahan House.

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You can drive from Bonita Springs to Fort Lauderdale in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Fort Lauderdale can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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Florida Keys travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Landmarks · Wildlife Areas
An archipelago of about 1,700 islands extending in a gentle arc south and southwest of Florida's mainland, the Florida Keys divide the Atlantic from the Gulf of Mexico. Many visitors on vacation come to scuba dive in the coral reefs, fossilized and exposed as sea levels declined over thousands of years. In addition to being one of the world's top diving and fishing spots, the Keys feature hundreds of shops, restaurants, bars, and various tourist attractions, most of them crowded all year long with visitors on vacation. To soak up the Keys' atmosphere and discover writer Ernest Hemingway's former haunts, drive from one island to the other all the way to Key West, located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba.