8 days in Florida Keys Itinerary

8 days in Florida Keys Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Florida Keys travel planner

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Key West
— 4 nights
— 1 night
Key Largo
— 2 nights


Key West

— 4 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 some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Key West Aquarium.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Key West trip builder site.

Newark to Key West is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Newark in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Key West, with lows around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Museums


— 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stroll through Bahia Honda State Park, identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Marathon online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Key Largo.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, stroll through Spiegel Grove, look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and then meet the residents at Island Dolphin Care.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Key Largo trip planner.

You can drive from Marathon to Key Largo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Key Largo are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Key Largo

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Florida Keys travel guide

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.