8 days in Florida Keys Itinerary

8 days in Florida Keys Itinerary

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Key West
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Key Largo
— 2 nights


Key West

— 2 nights

Conch Republic

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Key West Garden Club. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll around Mallory Square.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Key West vacation planner.

Detroit to Key West is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit in July, things will get a bit warmer in Key West: highs are around 89°F and lows about 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife


— 2 nights

Heart of the Florida Keys

A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): cast your line with a fishing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Sombrero Beach, then view the masterpieces at Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography, and finally snap pictures at Seven Mile Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park and then stroll through Dolphin Research Center.

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You can drive from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Islamorada.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip


— 1 night

The Village of Islands

Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of History of Diving Museum, look for gifts at Bass Pro Shops, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then sample the tasty concoctions at Florida Keys Brewing Company, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Islamorada Brewery & Distillery.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Islamorada trip planner.

Getting from Marathon to Islamorada by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Islamorada are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Islamorada

Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Key Largo

— 2 nights

Diving Capital of the World

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.
On the 23rd (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Island Dolphin Care, and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Christ of the Deep, stroll through Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, then stop by Florida Keys Key Lime Products, and finally stroll through Molasses Reef.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Key Largo online trip planner.

Key Largo is just a short distance from Islamorada. Traveling from Islamorada in July, Key Largo is slightly colder at night with lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Key Largo

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Florida Keys travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Landmarks · Parasailing & Paragliding
An archipelago of about 1,700 islands extending in a gentle arc south and southwest of Florida's mainland, the Florida Keys divide the Atlantic from the Gulf of Mexico. Many visitors on vacation come to scuba dive in the coral reefs, fossilized and exposed as sea levels declined over thousands of years. In addition to being one of the world's top diving and fishing spots, the Keys feature hundreds of shops, restaurants, bars, and various tourist attractions, most of them crowded all year long with visitors on vacation. To soak up the Keys' atmosphere and discover writer Ernest Hemingway's former haunts, drive from one island to the other all the way to Key West, located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba.