18 days in Florida Itinerary

18 days in Florida Itinerary

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18 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Merritt Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Orlando
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Key West
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Key Largo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Miami Beach
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Toronto

2
nights
Merritt Island

Merritt Island ©
Merritt Island is a census-designated place in Brevard County, Florida, located on the eastern Floridian coast, along the Atlantic Ocean. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): examine the collection at Parker Brothers Concepts, then examine the collection at NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, then look and learn at Space Shuttle Atlantis, and finally examine the collection at Antilles Trading Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at American Space Museum & Space Walk of Fame, learn about all things military at Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Derek Gores Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Merritt Island holiday planning tool .

Toronto, Canada to Merritt Island is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Toronto in December, with highs in Merritt Island at 28°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Merritt Island

Museums Childrens Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Canaveral, Titusville, Antilles Trading Company, Derek Gores Gallery
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Space Shuttle Atlantis ©
Space Shuttle Atlantis
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
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.
Get outdoors at Discovery Cove and Disney's Animal Kingdom. Bring the kids along to Walt Disney World Resort and Disney's Hollywood Studios. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Orlando Resort, make an unforgettable trip to World of Disney, have some family-friendly fun at Nomadic, and explore the world behind art at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Orlando trip builder .

You can drive from Merritt Island to Orlando in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect little chillier evenings in Orlando when traveling from Merritt Island in December, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove

4
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.
Let the collections at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and 7 Artists & Friends Gallery capture your imagination. Take a break from the city and head to Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Bahia Honda State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to National Key Deer Refuge (in Big Pine Key) and Crane Point Museum & Nature Center (in Marathon). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Alan S. Maltz Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with KEPart Studio-Gallery, take a memorable tour with Tours, and contemplate the long history of Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Key West trip tool .

You can fly from Orlando to Key West in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Key West. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Key Largo.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Big Pine Key, Crane Point Museum & Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
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.
Head to Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery and Old Road Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Anhinga Trail. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Island Dolphin Care, get answers to all your questions at Florida Keys Visitor Center, and stop by Petals With Pizzazz.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Key Largo online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Key West to Key Largo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Key Largo when traveling from Key West in December, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Islamorada, Anhinga Trail
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Escape the urban bustle at Shark Valley Visitor Center and Gumbo Limbo Trail. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and Lock & Load Museum. Explore Miami Beach's surroundings by going to Aventura Mall (in Aventura) and Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail (in Everglades National Park). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Lincoln Road, shop like a local with Collins Avenue, enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, and browse the different shops at Bayside Marketplace.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Miami Beach trip app .

Getting from Key Largo to Miami Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Miami, Everglades National Park, Miracle Mile, Aventura Mall
Highlights from your plan
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
South Beach ©
South Beach
Gumbo Limbo Trail ©
Gumbo Limbo Trail

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