12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Atlantic City
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Fort Lauderdale
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Islamorada
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h
3
Key West
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Marathon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Key Largo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Fort Lauderdale
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Atlantic City

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Fort Lauderdale

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.
To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fort Lauderdale vacation planner .

Atlantic City to Fort Lauderdale is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Atlantic City in December, things will get much warmer in Fort Lauderdale: highs are around 80°F and lows about 68°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Islamorada.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

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Islamorada

Islamorada
Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get your bearings at Florida Keys Visitor Center.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Islamorada trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Fort Lauderdale to Islamorada by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 71°F. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Key West.

Things to do in Islamorada

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Florida Keys Visitor Center
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Jala Spa, Linda D Sportfishing, Fort Zachary Taylor, and other attractions. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Key West trip app .

You can take a bus from Islamorada to Key West in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 71°F. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

National Key Deer Refuge
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Linda D Sportfishing ©
Linda D Sportfishing

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Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Captain Hook's, Curry Hammock State Park, Dolphin Research Center, and other attractions you added. Take a break from the city and head to Robbie's of Islamorada and Sombrero Beach.

Before you visit Marathon, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Take a bus from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Marathon are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bahia Honda State Park, Robbie's of Islamorada
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Curry Hammock State Park ©
Curry Hammock State Park

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Capt. Sterling's Everglades Tour, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Keys Diver Snorkel & Scuba. On the 1st (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on Capt. Sterling's Everglades Tour, admire the majestic nature at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and then see some colorful creatures with Keys Diver Snorkel & Scuba.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Key Largo sightseeing planner .

Getting from Marathon to Key Largo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Marathon in January, expect little chillier with lows of 61°F in Key Largo. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fort Lauderdale.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale
To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Lauderdale trip planning website .

Getting from Key Largo to Fort Lauderdale by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

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