9 days in Fort Lauderdale, Miami & Key Largo Itinerary

9 days in Fort Lauderdale, Miami & Key Largo Itinerary

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9 days in Fort Lauderdale, Miami & Key Largo Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Fort Lauderdale
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
2
Miami
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Key Largo
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Houston

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Garman Sculpture Works.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort Lauderdale attractions planner .

Houston to Fort Lauderdale is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston to Fort Lauderdale, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Fort Lauderdale are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Miami.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Hollywood Beach, Garman Sculpture Works
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Fort Lauderdale Beach ©
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Hollywood Beach ©
Hollywood Beach
Garman Sculpture Works ©
Garman Sculpture Works

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lincoln Road and Art Deco Historic District. Shop till you drop at Bayside Marketplace and Ocean Drive. Take a break from Miami with a short trip to Shark Valley Visitor Center in Everglades National Park, about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at South Beach, have fun at Lock & Load Miami, and examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Miami travel itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Fort Lauderdale to Miami in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Miami are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Miami

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Shark Valley Visitor Center
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Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
South Beach ©
South Beach

4
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bahia Honda State Park and Sombrero Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center. Change things up with a short trip to Fishing Charters & Tours in Islamorada (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Florida Keys Visitor Center, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Key Largo tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Miami to Key Largo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Key Largo sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Key Largo

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Sombrero Beach, Fishing Charters & Tours, Bahia Honda State Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

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