8 days in Florida Keys Itinerary

8 days in Florida Keys Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Florida Keys trip builder

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Key Largo
— 2 nights
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Islamorada
— 1 night
Drive
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Marathon
— 1 night
Drive
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Key West
— 3 nights
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Key Largo

— 2 nights

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.
Key Largo is known for wildlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a tour of SS Benwood, identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and admire the majestic nature at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

Before you visit Key Largo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Phoenix to Key Largo is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Phoenix to Key Largo. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in August; daily highs in Key Largo reach 90°F and lows reach 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Islamorada.

Things to do in Key Largo

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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.
On the 25th (Wed), head outdoors with Satisfaction Charters Inc., look for gifts at Bella Sol Fragrance Bar and Gifts, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Islamorada Brewery & Distillery.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Islamorada trip itinerary website.

Islamorada is just a stone's throw from Key Largo. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Islamorada

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

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 26th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Marathon journey maker site.

Getting from Islamorada to Marathon by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Marathon are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
Key West is known for wildlife, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, take in the waterfront at Mallory Square, look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and steep yourself in history at Truman Little White House.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Key West trip planner.

Getting from Marathon to Key West by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Key West are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Key West

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Florida Keys travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Landmarks · Parasailing & Paragliding
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.