10 days in Fort Lauderdale & Caribbean Itinerary

10 days in Fort Lauderdale & Caribbean Itinerary

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10 days in Fort Lauderdale & Caribbean Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
Fly:  5​h 30​min
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Fort Lauderdale, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  64​h 30​min
2
Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
— 1 day
ferry:  13​h
3
Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis
— 1 day
ferry:  14​h
4
San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 1 day
ferry:  20​h
5
Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  39​h
6
Fort Lauderdale, United States
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
End: Houston, United States

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Fort Lauderdale, United States

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Lauderdale Beach.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fort Lauderdale vacation planner.

Houston to Fort Lauderdale is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Houston in January: high temperatures in Fort Lauderdale hover around 76°F and lows are around 62°F. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Fort Lauderdale Beach ©
Fort Lauderdale Beach

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Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin

Philipsburg ©
Take a trip to Philipsburg, the capital of Sint Maarten, and enjoy dynamic nightlife and great shopping.
On the 4th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Fort Amsterdam, enjoy the sand and surf at Maho Beach, and then kick back and relax at Orient Bay Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Philipsburg travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Fort Lauderdale to Philipsburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Philipsburg is 1 hour. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Philipsburg, with lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Basseterre.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Beaches Outdoors Parks

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Maho Beach, Orient Bay Beach
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Maho Beach ©
Maho Beach
Orient Bay Beach ©
Orient Bay Beach
Fort Amsterdam ©
Fort Amsterdam

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Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis

Basseterre ©
Basseterre, estimated population 13,000 in 2011, is the capital of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stroll through Cockleshell Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at South Friars Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Basseterre travel route planning website .

Do a combination of car and flight from Philipsburg to Basseterre in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in February, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Juan.

Things to do in Basseterre

Beaches Outdoors Parks

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South Friars Beach
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Cockleshell Beach ©
Cockleshell Beach
South Friars Beach ©
South Friars Beach

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista, and then steep yourself in history at Sitio Histórico de San Juan.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Juan trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Basseterre to San Juan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and car. In February in San Juan, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cockburn Town.

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Historic Sites
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Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos

Cockburn Town is the capital city of the Turks and Caicos Islands.GeographyCockburn Town is located on the largest island in the Turks Islands archipelago, Grand Turk Island. On the 7th (Fri), enjoy the sea views from Historic Lighthouse Grand Turk, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then head outdoors with Grand Turk Cruise Center.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cockburn Town online road trip planner .

Fly from San Juan to Cockburn Town in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan to Cockburn Town is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Fort Lauderdale.

Things to do in Cockburn Town

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Lighthouse Grand Turk ©
Historic Lighthouse Grand Turk
Grand Turk Cruise Center ©
Grand Turk Cruise Center

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Fort Lauderdale, United States

Fort Lauderdale
To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fort Lauderdale trip itinerary website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cockburn Town to Fort Lauderdale. You'll set off for home on the 9th (Sun).

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