9 days in Florida Keys & Miami Itinerary

9 days in Florida Keys & Miami Itinerary

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9 days in Florida Keys & Miami Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Key West
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Marathon
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Islamorada
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Miami
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Visit Truman Little White House and Fort Zachary Taylor for their historical value. Visiting Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, explore and take pictures at Mallory Square, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Key West online trip builder .

San Francisco to Key West is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Key West due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in April, you will find days in Key West are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are much hotter (74°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House

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 10th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge, and then admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at San Pablo Catholic Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Sombrero Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, and finally identify plant and animal life at Pigeon Key Foundation.

For maps and other tourist information, you can read our Marathon trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in April, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Islamorada.

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

1
night
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 12th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read Islamorada tour planner.

You can drive from Marathon to Islamorada in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Islamorada sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Miami.

Things to do in Islamorada

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): wander the streets of Lincoln Road, then enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, then take a stroll through Art Deco Historic District, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Ocean Drive, take a stroll through Collins Avenue, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Miami day trip app .

Traveling by car from Islamorada to Miami takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Miami can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Miami Beach
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Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
South Beach ©
South Beach
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

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