9 days in Miami & Florida Keys Itinerary

9 days in Miami & Florida Keys Itinerary

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9 days in Miami & Florida Keys Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Miami
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Key Largo
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Islamorada
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
4
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Newark

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Bal Harbor Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Britto Central, then kick back and relax at South Beach, and finally wander the streets of Lincoln Road.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Miami journey planner .

Newark to Miami is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. In December, Miami is much warmer than Newark - with highs of 81°F and lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Las Olas Beach, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
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Las Olas Beach ©
Las Olas Beach
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center ©
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
South Beach ©
South Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for gifts at Robert Is Here, then trek along Anhinga Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Everglades Alligator Farm, and finally identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Spiegel Grove, look for all kinds of wild species at Molasses Reef, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Key Largo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Miami to Key Largo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in December, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Islamorada.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Homestead, Anhinga Trail
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Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Spiegel Grove ©
Spiegel Grove
Molasses Reef ©
Molasses Reef

1
night
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 1st (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center, then get interesting insight from Tours, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Islamorada Beer Company.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Islamorada vacation planner.

You can drive from Key Largo to Islamorada in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Islamorada are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Islamorada

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin Research Center
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding

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.
Get outdoors at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum. There's much more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and enjoy the sea views from Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Key West trip planner .

You can take a bus from Islamorada to Key West in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in January, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

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