9 days in Florida Itinerary

9 days in Florida Itinerary

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9 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
+2
Fly + tram + bus:  6​h 15​min
1
Miami Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Islamorada
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Marathon
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
4
Big Pine Key
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
5
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis


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 19th (Wed), wander the streets of Collins Avenue.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Miami Beach day trip planning site .

Minneapolis to Miami Beach is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight, tram, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in December, things will get much warmer in Miami Beach: highs are around 81°F and lows about 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Islamorada.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

2
nights
Islamorada

Islamorada ©
Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Anne's Beach, then get outside with A Lil' Tail Charters, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Islamorada Beer Company Brewery and Tasting Room. On the next day, get outside with Satisfaction Charters Inc. and then admire the majestic nature at Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park.

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You can drive from Miami Beach to Islamorada in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Islamorada sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Islamorada

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
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A Lil' Tail Charters ©
A Lil' Tail Charters
Anne's Beach ©
Anne's Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, then kick back and relax at Sunset Park Beach, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Marathon Garden Club, get outside with Gemini Dream Charters, and then have fun at The Art Studio.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Marathon trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Islamorada to Marathon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Marathon can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sunset Park Beach
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Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key ©
Big Pine Key is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, United States, on an island of the same name in the Florida Keys. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge, and then view the masterpieces at Artists in Paradise Gallery.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Pine Key road trip planning site .

Big Pine Key is just a short distance from Marathon. In December, daily temperatures in Big Pine Key can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Key West.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Artists in Paradise Gallery ©
Artists in Paradise Gallery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, then see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and finally stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: choose your vessel at Fun In The Sun Key West and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Key West trip builder app .

You can take a bus from Big Pine Key to Key West in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor

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