26 days in Florida Itinerary

26 days in Florida Itinerary

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26 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Orlando
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Marco Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Key West
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Marathon
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Islamorada
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Key Largo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Miami
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Dublin

6
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Orlando is known for theme parks, nightlife, fun & games, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the magic at Walt Disney World Resort, find something for the whole family at SeaWorld, admire the masterpieces at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, and look for all kinds of wild species at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Orlando travel route planning website .

Dublin, Ireland to Orlando is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Dublin to Orlando, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in December, expect Orlando to be much hotter, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marco Island.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 22:
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Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

3
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Kirby Storter Roadside Park (in Ochopee) and Speed Boats Tours (in Everglades City). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Capri Paddlecraft Park, cast your line with a fishing tour, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Marco Island day trip tool .

You can drive from Orlando to Marco Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Key West.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Speed Boats Tours, Kirby Storter Roadside Park
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
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.
Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, see the interesting displays at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Key West trip planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Marco Island to Key West in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Marco Island in December, Key West is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Parasailing & Paragliding

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.
Go for a jaunt from Marathon to Big Pine Key to see National Key Deer Refuge about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bahia Honda State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Marathon Garden Club, head outdoors with Gemini Dream Charters, and view the masterpieces at Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Marathon trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Islamorada.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Pine Key
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach

3
nights
Islamorada

Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Change things up with a short trip to 99 Mile Wilderness Waterway in Everglades National Park (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the majestic nature at Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, stroll through Anne's Beach, and get outside with A Lil' Tail Charters.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Islamorada day trip planning website .

You can drive from Marathon to Islamorada in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Islamorada can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Islamorada

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

99 Mile Wilderness Waterway
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
99 Mile Wilderness Waterway ©
99 Mile Wilderness Waterway
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park ©

3
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.
When in Key Largo, make a side trip to see Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, grab your bike and head to Florida Keys Visitor Center, explore the gorgeous colors at Spiegel Grove, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Key Largo attractions planner .

You can drive from Islamorada to Key Largo in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Islamorada in January since evenings lows in Key Largo dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Miami.

Things to do in Key Largo

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Anhinga Trail
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Island Dolphin Care ©
Island Dolphin Care
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Miami side-trips: Everglades National Park (Shark Valley Visitor Center, Osceola panthers, & more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Art Deco Historic District, have fun at Lock & Load Miami, and see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Miami driving holiday planning app .

Getting from Key Largo to Miami by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Miami Beach
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Gumbo Limbo Trail ©
Gumbo Limbo Trail
South Beach ©
South Beach

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