10 days in Key West & Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

10 days in Key West & Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Rochester
Fly:  7 h
1
Key West
— 5 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  3 h
2
Naples
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Sarasota
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Rochester

5
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.
Step out of Key West to go to Big Pine Key and see Bahia Honda State Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, steep yourself in history at Curry Mansion, make a trip to Southernmost Point, and look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Key West trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Rochester to Key West is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Rochester in February; daily highs in Key West reach 78°F and lows reach 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
Mallory Square ©
Mallory Square
Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory ©
Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

2
nights
Naples

On the 3rd (Wed), take a leisurely stroll along Naples Pier, take in nature's colorful creations at Naples Botanical Garden, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Revs Institute, take an in-depth tour of Edison and Ford Winter Estates, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at List Distillery.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Naples online day trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Key West to Naples in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Key West in March since evenings lows in Naples dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Sarasota.

Things to do in Naples

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Myers, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Revs Institute ©
Revs Institute
Edison and Ford Winter Estates ©
Edison and Ford Winter Estates

2
nights
Sarasota

Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Siesta Key Rum, then explore the world behind art at The Ringling, then immerse yourself in nature at Ted Sperling Park, and finally find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Sarasota National Cemetery.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarasota journey maker.

You can drive from Naples to Sarasota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Sarasota can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sarasota

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
The Ringling ©
The Ringling
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens ©
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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