8 days in Siesta Key, Fort Lauderdale & Florida Keys Itinerary

8 days in Siesta Key, Fort Lauderdale & Florida Keys Itinerary

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Siesta Key
— 2 nights
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Fort Lauderdale
— 2 nights
Foot to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, Fly to Marathon
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Marathon
— 1 night
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Key West
— 2 nights
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Siesta Key

— 2 nights
Siesta Key draws most of its visitors with soft, white-quartz sand beaches and translucent ocean water.
Escape the urban bustle at Caspersen Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Visit Venice Beach and Bradenton Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Siesta Key: Coquina Beach (in Bradenton Beach) and Manatee Public Beach (in Holmes Beach). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Crescent Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll through Turtle Beach.

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Chicago to Siesta Key is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Siesta Key. Traveling from Chicago in March, things will get much hotter in Siesta Key: highs are around 77°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Fort Lauderdale.

Things to do in Siesta Key

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

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.
On the 8th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands, look for all kinds of wild species at Wakodahatchee Wetlands, and then stroll through Delray Municipal Beach. Keep things going the next day: walk around Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfside Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bal Harbor Beach.

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Getting from Siesta Key to Fort Lauderdale by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Siesta Key in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Fort Lauderdale, with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Marathon.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 10th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sombrero Beach, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

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Traveling by flight from Fort Lauderdale to Marathon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Marathon can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Key West

— 2 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.
On the 11th (Thu), examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Vandenberg Wreck, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, then go for a walk through Key West Garden Club, then steep yourself in history at West Martello Tower, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Key West Historic Seaport.

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Drive from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Key West

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

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.