9 days in Florida Itinerary

9 days in Florida Itinerary

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9 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Miami Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Islamorada
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Marathon
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Jacksonville

1
night
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District and then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Beach. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Espanola Way, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lincoln Road, and finally make a trip to Collins Avenue.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Miami Beach travel planning tool .

Jacksonville to Miami Beach is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. August in Miami Beach sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Islamorada.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

2
nights
Islamorada

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 18th (Sun): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Islamorada Beer Company, then get to know the fascinating history of Indian Key State Historic Site, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Islamorada online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Miami Beach to Islamorada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Islamorada can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Islamorada

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Key Largo
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
On the 20th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, identify plant and animal life at National Key Deer Refuge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then get your bearings at Pigeon Key Foundation.

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

Traveling by car from Islamorada to Marathon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Marathon can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Pine Key
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital

3
nights
Key West

Key West ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Curry Mansion. Visiting Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Truman Little White House, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the exciting artwork at 7 Artists & Friends, and admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Key West attractions site .

You can take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House

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