19 days in Florida Itinerary

19 days in Florida Itinerary

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19 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  25​h
1
Key West
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Marathon
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Islamorada
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
St. Augustine
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  25​h
End: Brisbane

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum and Key West Garden Club. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum and Key West Cemetery. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, take a memorable drive along The Overseas Highway, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Zachary Taylor, and steep yourself in history at Truman Little White House.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Key West road trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Key West is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Brisbane to Key West, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in January, with highs in Key West at 28°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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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 18th (Sat), kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, and then kick back and relax at Bahia Honda State Park. On the next day, get interesting insight from Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center, and then take in the views from Seven Mile Bridge.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Marathon holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Islamorada.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
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Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital

2
nights
Islamorada

Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): cast your line with a fishing tour and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then admire the majestic nature at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Islamorada trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Marathon to Islamorada by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Islamorada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Key Largo
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Marco Island

Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then 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: cast your line with a fishing tour and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Marco Island trip builder app .

Drive from Islamorada to Marco Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Islamorada in January since evenings lows in Marco Island dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Speed Boats Tours
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): kick back and relax at Captiva Beach and then take in nature's colorful creations at Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and then kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sanibel Island road trip planner.

Drive from Marco Island to Sanibel Island in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Sanibel Island can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Captiva Beach, Edison and Ford Winter Estates
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Captiva Beach ©
Captiva Beach
Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach

4
nights
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Get in touch with nature at Fort Matanzas National Monument and St. Augustine Beach. Get some historical perspective at Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine and Stetson Mansion. Go for a jaunt from St. Augustine to Ponce Inlet to see Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Lightner Museum, deepen your understanding at Flagler College, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at St. Augustine Distillery, and browse the exhibits of St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc..

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the St. Augustine trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to St. Augustine takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sanibel Island in January, expect St. Augustine to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, Stetson Mansion
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:
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Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine ©
Fort Matanzas National Monument ©
Fort Matanzas National Monument
Lightner Museum ©
Lightner Museum

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