9 days in Florida Itinerary

9 days in Florida Itinerary

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9 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  6​h
1
Everglades City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Sanibel Island
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h
3
Key West
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Marathon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Miami Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Detroit

1
night
Everglades City

Everglades City is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, of which it is the former county seat. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): hike along Kirby Storter Roadside Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Everglades City trip planner .

Detroit to Everglades City is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Detroit in December: high temperatures in Everglades City hover around 80°F and lows are around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Everglades City

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kirby Storter Roadside Park, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Kirby Storter Roadside Park ©
Kirby Storter Roadside Park
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
On the 31st (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Captiva Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bowman's Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Pond Apple Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sanibel Island trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Everglades City to Sanibel Island in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Captiva Beach
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Captiva Beach ©
Captiva Beach
Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Dry Tortugas National Park. Visit Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum and Key West Cemetery for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Key West vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sanibel Island to Key West in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sanibel Island in December, Key West is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stroll through Sombrero Beach, then identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia Honda State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center, get interesting insight from Robbie's of Islamorada, and then view the masterpieces at Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Marathon online route planner .

You can take a bus from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Marathon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Islamorada, Bahia Honda State Park
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Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach

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.
On the 6th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, then wander the streets of Lincoln Road, and then take a stroll through Collins Avenue.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Miami Beach attractions planning app .

You can drive from Marathon to Miami Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and tram. In January, daytime highs in Miami Beach are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miami Beach

#Neighborhoods, #Shopping, #Historic Sites
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Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

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