My Florida Vacation:
From The Atlantic Shore to The Gulf of Mexico

My Florida Vacation:
From The Atlantic Shore to The Gulf of Mexico

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Location: Florida
Tour: Leisure
From: Miami
To: Miami
By: Private Car
The Keys, Everglades National Park, Marco Island, Naples, Sanibel Wildlife, Sarasota, The Gulf Coast, Tampa Bay, St Pete, Clearwater, Crystal River, Orlando, Cape Canaveral, West Palm Beach
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Tour Duration
10-Day
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Why a Tour of Florida?

Usually, when people mention Florida, their minds immediately wander off to South Beach's famous night-lights and sultry lifestyle, but Florida is so much more than a single party-town.

Granted, for those that are looking for a beach-vacation all centered around the night-life and the partying, then Miami is your place.  However, the state of Florida offers so much more with incredible pristine waters, miles upon miles of white sandy beaches, incredible natural refuges that provide a safe haven and shelter to many endangered species, beautiful islands with Carribean-vibes, small-town and so much more.

If you want to explore Florida, beyond the idea of Miami, then you should definitely consider a complete On the Road Trip to take you all around this beautiful state.

This itinerary is planned so you visit the region in 10 days.

When to plan your Florida Vacation?

Florida doesn't have many seasons, especially the south part, it goes from hot to hotter and from humid to extremely muggy.

A bit different for the areas around central and northern Florida where you will actually have cooler days during the winter when the temperatures can drop considerably even in the low 40sF

Considering that this itinerary will take you all the way up to Orlando and Central Florida, you might want to consider the dry season from early March to early June as you preferred season and the months of November & December as alternatives.

Fall could be okay, unfortunately, it is the season of possible hurricanes, and you never know if/when and where they will land.

Summer, on the other hand, is extremely hot and humid with daily showers (especially inland, fewer towards the beach), of course, if the heat, humidity, and rain doesn't bother you, then July to September can be an option, but generally are the months to avoid.

January and February tend to be the 2 "coldest months" in Florida, so if you are looking to enjoy the beaches and do some snorkeling, etc., I would probably avoid these 2 months just in case.

HIGHLIGHTS

Discover the Keys & the Southern-most Point of the US with a night in the lovely Key West.
Drive along the Gulf of Mexico from Marco Island to Sanibel and Anna Maria Island
Enjoy St. Petersburg and Clearwater Beach for the best Sunsets in Florida
Swim with the Manatees in Crystal River
Take a few days to have fun at Disney & Universals Orlando Resorts
A day exploring "Space" & Space Explorations with Cape Canaveral and NASA Kennedy Space Center.

DETAILED ITINERARY

STARTING FROM MIAMI


Day 1: Arrival in Miami

With this Tour, you will have two options depending on whether you are already in Miami or you will be arriving today.

Arriving in Miami on this day? Head over to the Rental Car office at the Airport to pick your car up and start driving South towards Homestead.

Already in Miami? You can pick up your car in the morning and head South towards the Keys. We recommend spending half a day in Key Largo (or similar) where you can do some snorkeling or a boat excursion at sunset!

Night: Key Largo Holiday inn key Largo*** or similar




Day 2: Homestead > Key West

Head down to Key West. Depending on where you start today, you will have approx. 2 h 48 min (128 miles (ca. 206 km)) of scenic roads to drive. The Overseas Highway is considered one of the most memorable roads to travel on. You will encounter 42 bridges connecting 44 islands.

Arrive in Key West by early afternoon and enjoy time at your disposal to sightseeing the Island; you can visit the Hemingway House, the Little Truman House, the Lighthouse, and Duvall Street.

Don't forget that Key West also features a great (yet relaxing) night-life with local bars, live music, and Island-vibes!

Night: Key West Best Western Hibiscus Motel** or similar




Day 3: Key West > Everglades City > Marco Island

You can spend a couple of hours in the morning to finish up your Key West explorations before heading back north.

After driving back along the scenic coastal Overseas Highway, you will start heading West on "Alligator Alley" towards the Gulf of Mexico. In the afternoon, you can enjoy your time exploring the Everglades National Park, maybe ride the airboat, learn many interesting facts regarding this precious natural ecosystem and maybe see some Gators!

Night: Marco Island Marco Beach Ocean Resort*** or similar




Day 4: Marco Island > Sanibel > Sarasota

Today, you will explore the Gulf-side of Florida with its beautiful pristine water and long white-sand beaches. The difference between this side of Florida and the Atlantic one is so striking.

From Marco Island, you can head north towards Sanibel which is approx. 65 miles (ca. 105 km) (1h30) by car and later continue towards the lovely Sarasota for another 1h49 by car (104 mi (ca. 167 km)).

We highly recommend driving the local sea-side roads (when possible) even if it will take you longer, the scenery is worth the extra hours behind the wheel. Plus, this way you can stop anywhere you like to explore these beautiful places.

When you arrive in Sarasota, you can enjoy a walk in the city center and then head over to one of the many good restaurants.

Night: Sarasota Hampton Inn Sarasota - I-75 Bee Ridge*** or similar




Day 5: Sarasota > Longboat Key > St Petersburg > Clearwater

Another day dedicated to the Gulf coast. From Sarasota to Clearwater there is not a long way to go, about a 76 miles (ca. 122 km) (1h54 min) in total, but you will have many things to see -
  • You can opt for the scenic road by the sea passing through Longboat Key and maybe reach the beautiful Anna Maria Island.
  • You can spend half a day at the Salvador Dali Museum in St Petersburg and stroll around the center.
  • You can go to Fort De Soto Park to admire white beaches and crystal clear water.
  • Don't miss the Sunset on Clearwater beach.
Night: Clearwater Magnuson Hotel Clearwater Central*** or similar




Day 6: Clearwater > Crystal River > Orlando

Today, you will do a mini detour north before reaching Orlando.  This route is recommended especially for those that are interested in swimming with the Manatees.

You will go north towards Crystal River which is approx. 90 miles (ca. 145 km) 1.40 Hour by car. There are a couple of State Parks and attractions you can visit along the way as well.

Once in Crystal River, you can enjoy one of the excursions to swim with the Manatees and learn more about this incredible animal and in the afternoon start heading towards Orlando. Don't worry, you won't have much to drive, as it's approx. 90 miles (ca. 145 km) altogether. Less than 2 hours by car.

Night: Orlando Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs Area**** or similar




Day 7 & 8: Orlando

Spend the next 2 days in Orlando visiting the famous Theme Parks.

You can choose to do Disney or Universals (or both), we can also tailor this Itinerary to include a couple of extra nights if you want to stay in Orlando a bit longer, especially if you are traveling with Kids.

Night: Orlando Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs Area**** or similar




Day 9: Orlando > Kennedy Space Center > Meritt Island

Today, you will head back East towards the Atlantic ocean stopping by the Kennedy Space Center (NASA) first to learn more about space explorations and see where most rockets are launched from.

In the afternoon, we recommend visiting Merritt Island Park, a beautiful natural preserve with lots of Florida animals and incredible scenarios.

Night: near Melbourne Comfort Suites Palm Bay *** or similar




Day 10: Melbourne > West Palm Beach > Miami

Head South back towards Miami, 180 miles (ca. 290 km). You can opt to drive the Interstate or the local roads by the ocean and stop along the way. One option could be to stop in West Palm Beach and explore this town famous for its millionaire and billionaire residents.

Arrive in Miami by late afternoon and drop off the rental car.

End of Service.

* Possibility to add 3-Day vacation in Miami at the end of the Tour.

HOW MUCH & WHAT'S INCLUDED

OPTION WITH RENTAL CAR + HOTELS & ACTIVITIES:
Price in Double Room
Starting at $ 1060.00 per person
Price in Triple Room
Starting at $ 740.00 per person
Price in Quadruple Room
Starting at $ 580.00 per person

OPTION WITH RENTAL CAR & DRIVER/GUIDE + HOTEL & ACTIVITIES 
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