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

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

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

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Key West
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Marathon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Key Largo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Miami Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Fort Lauderdale
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Detroit

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 enjoy Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Fort Zachary Taylor. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, don't miss a visit to Duval Street, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and walk around Mallory Square.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Key West day trip app .

Detroit to Key West is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Detroit in December, expect Key West to be warmer, temps between 79°F and 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Key West Aquarium ©
Key West Aquarium

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.
On the 11th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park, and then shop like a local with Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center, examine the collection at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, then stroll through Sombrero Beach, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Marathon trip builder .

You can take a bus from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daily temperatures in Marathon can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Island Dolphin Care, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Key Largo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Marathon to Key Largo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Marathon in December since evenings lows in Key Largo dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Key Largo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Island Dolphin Care ©
Island Dolphin Care
Swim with Dolphins

4
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to South Beach and Lincoln Road. Explore Miami Beach's surroundings by going to Shark Valley Visitor Center (in Everglades National Park) and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (in Coral Gables). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, wander the streets of Ocean Drive, have fun and explore at Miami Children's Museum, and admire the striking features of Art Deco Historic District.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Miami Beach tour planner .

You can drive from Key Largo to Miami Beach in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Miami Beach can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Fort Lauderdale.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Miami, Shark Valley Visitor Center, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Miami Children's Museum ©
Miami Children's Museum

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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.
Family-friendly places like Fort Lauderdale Beach and Hollywood Beach will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with JP Outfitters Inc., learn about all things military at Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum, examine the collection at Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, and get a taste of the local shopping with Garman Sculpture Works.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Lauderdale trip planning website .

Getting from Miami Beach to Fort Lauderdale by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Outdoors Parks 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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