15 days in Miami Beach & Florida Keys Itinerary

15 days in Miami Beach & Florida Keys Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Miami Beach
— 4 nights
2
Islamorada
— 3 nights
3
Marathon
— 3 nights
4
Key West
— 4 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like South Beach and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Miami Beach: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (in Coral Gables) and Shark Valley Visitor Center (in Everglades National Park). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Lincoln Road, buy something for everyone on your list at Bayside Marketplace, see the interesting displays at Lock & Load Museum, and don't miss a visit to Collins Avenue.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Miami Beach attractions planning app.

Detroit to Miami Beach is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Detroit in December: high temperatures in Miami Beach hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Islamorada.

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
Islamorada

Islamorada ©
Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Island Dolphin Care and Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center. Step out of Islamorada to go to Key Largo and see John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, view the masterpieces at Old Road Gallery, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and sample the tasty concoctions at Islamorada Brewery & Distillery.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Islamorada day trip planning site.

Getting from Miami Beach to Islamorada by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Islamorada are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Islamorada

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Bahia Honda State Park and Crane Point Museum & Nature Center will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sombrero Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, meet the residents at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Marathon visit planner.

You can drive from Islamorada to Marathon in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Marathon can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

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

4
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 Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, take in the waterfront at Mallory Square, make a trip to Southernmost Point, and kick back and relax at Fort Zachary Taylor.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Key West trip planner.

Drive from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Key West are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

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

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