9 days in Fort Lauderdale & Florida Keys Itinerary

9 days in Fort Lauderdale & Florida Keys Itinerary

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9 days in Fort Lauderdale & Florida Keys Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  7​h 30​min
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Fort Lauderdale
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Islamorada
— Few hours
bus:  2​h
3
Key West
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Key Largo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Fort Lauderdale
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Des Moines

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Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale ©
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.
To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fort Lauderdale trip planning app .

Des Moines to Fort Lauderdale is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Fort Lauderdale. Traveling from Des Moines in February, expect Fort Lauderdale to be much hotter, temps between 78°F and 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Islamorada.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Shopping
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Joe Picasso's

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Islamorada

Islamorada
Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
On the 23rd (Sat), shop like a local with The Rain Barrel Artisan Village, take in the exciting artwork at Lobster Trap Art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Anne's Beach, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Florida Keys Brewing Company.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Islamorada driving holiday site .

Des Moines to Islamorada is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Des Moines in February, things will get much hotter in Islamorada: highs are around 79°F and lows about 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Key West.

Things to do in Islamorada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum and Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum. Fort Jefferson and Saint Mary Star of the Sea are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Key West with a short trip to Bahia Honda State Park in Big Pine Key, about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Peppers of Key West, enjoy the sand and surf at Smathers Beach, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Key West tour itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Islamorada to Key West in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in February, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Key Largo.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Fort Jefferson, Bahia Honda State Park
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Saint Mary Star of the Sea
Fort Jefferson ©
Fort Jefferson
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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Key Largo

Key Largo ©
The northernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key Largo provides stunning scenery, a number of watersports opportunities, and plenty of areas to relax on vacation.
Explore hidden gems such as Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center and Shark Diving. Escape the urban bustle at Grecian Rocks and Mahogany Hammock. Venture out of the city with trips to Homestead (Nike Missile Site HM-69 & Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum) and Flamingo (in Everglades National Park). There's more to do: look for gifts at Shell World Florida Keys and pause for some serene contemplation at Key Largo Baptist Church.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Key Largo itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Key West to Key Largo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Key West in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 62°F in Key Largo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fort Lauderdale.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Homestead, Everglades National Park
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Grecian Rocks
Flamingo ©
Flamingo
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Mahogany Hammock

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Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stop by DSW Shoe Warehouse and then stroll through Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fort Lauderdale road trip planning app .

Getting from Key Largo to Fort Lauderdale by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

DSW Shoe Warehouse
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Fort Lauderdale Beach Park ©
Fort Lauderdale Beach Park
DSW Shoe Warehouse ©
DSW Shoe Warehouse

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