15 days in Florida Keys, Miami Beach & Fort Lauderdale Itinerary

15 days in Florida Keys, Miami Beach & Fort Lauderdale Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Key West
— 3 nights
2
Marathon
— 2 nights
3
Key Largo
— 2 nights
4
Miami Beach
— 4 nights
5
Fort Lauderdale
— 3 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Key West Aquarium, and don't miss a visit to Southernmost Point.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Key West trip itinerary planner.

Detroit to Key West is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, Key West is much hotter than Detroit - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory ©
Key West Aquarium ©
Key West Aquarium
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

2
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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 11th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center, examine the collection at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Sombrero Beach, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Marathon holiday website.

You can drive from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Marathon sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

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
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center

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.
On the 13th (Fri), fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenobserve the fascinating underwater world at Island Dolphin Care, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Key Largo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Marathon to Key Largo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Marathon in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of °F in Key Largo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Key Largo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Island Dolphin Care ©
Island Dolphin Care
Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center ©
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
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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.
Kids will enjoy South Beach and Lincoln Road. Venture out of the city with trips to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (in Coral Gables) and Shark Valley Visitor Center (in Everglades National Park). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, look for gifts at Wings Beachwear, shop like a local with Ocean Drive, and browse the different shops at Bayside Marketplace.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Miami Beach visit planner.

Traveling by car from Key Largo to Miami Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Miami Beach are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Fort Lauderdale.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Miami, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Shark Valley Visitor Center
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South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ©
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

3
nights
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.
Attractions like Fort Lauderdale Beach and Hollywood Beach make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: get outside with JP Outfitters Inc., learn about all things military at Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Garman Sculpture Works, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

Make your Fort Lauderdale itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Miami Beach to Fort Lauderdale takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Fort Lauderdale can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Outdoors Beaches Museums

Side Trips

Hollywood, Garman Sculpture Works
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Fort Lauderdale Beach ©
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Hollywood Beach ©
Hollywood Beach
Museum of Discovery and Science ©
Museum of Discovery and Science

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