11 days in Florida Itinerary

11 days in Florida Itinerary

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11 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Kingston
Fly + shuttle:  10​h
1
Marathon
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Key West
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Crystal River
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Orlando
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: Kingston

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 24th (Tue), stroll through Sombrero Beach, identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Marathon trip itinerary planning site .

Kingston, Canada to Marathon is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Kingston in December, things will get much hotter in Marathon: highs are around 31°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bahia Honda State Park, Fishing Charters & Tours, Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
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The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital
Fishing Charters & Tours
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Dry Tortugas National Park. On the next day, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then get engrossed in the history at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Key West road trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Marco Island.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Otter Mound Preserve.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marco Island online travel route planner .

You can ride a ferry from Key West to Marco Island in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Key West in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Marco Island, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Crystal River.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Speed Boats Tours
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Crystal River

The jewel of Florida's Nature Coast, Crystal River spreads around spring-fed Kings Bay, known for maintaining a constant 22 C (72 F) temperature all year long.
On the 30th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Three Sisters Springs and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Crystal River trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Marco Island to Crystal River by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Marco Island in December, expect Crystal River to be slightly colder, temps between 27°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Orlando.

Things to do in Crystal River

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get in on the family fun at Fun Spot America Kissimmee, then get your game on at The Escape Game Orlando, and then make an unforgettable trip to World of Disney. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Fun Spot America Orlando and then contemplate the long history of Stetson Mansion.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Orlando holiday maker app .

Getting from Crystal River to Orlando by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Crystal River in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Orlando, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fun Spot America Kissimmee, Stetson Mansion
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The Escape Game Orlando ©
The Escape Game Orlando
World of Disney ©
World of Disney
Fun Spot America Orlando ©
Fun Spot America Orlando

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