9 days in Orlando, Florida Keys & Miami Itinerary

9 days in Orlando, Florida Keys & Miami Itinerary

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9 days in Orlando, Florida Keys & Miami Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Orlando
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Key West
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Marathon
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Miami
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Toronto

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): get some fabulous bargains at Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Stetson Mansion, then stop by The Mall at Millenia, and then look for gifts at The LEGO Store.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Orlando vacation maker app .

Toronto, Canada to Orlando is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, car, flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Toronto in December, with highs in Orlando at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Shopping Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Stetson Mansion
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Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks
The Mall at Millenia ©
The Mall at Millenia

2
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.
On the 26th (Tue), see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, admire the natural beauty at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Amsterdam's Curry Mansion Inn, and finally look for gifts at Peppers Of Key West. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, don't miss a visit to Truman Little White House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Zachary Taylor, and finally stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Key West visit site .

Getting from Orlando to Key West by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Key West when traveling from Orlando in December, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory ©
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

1
night
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Marathon travel route planner.

You can drive from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Miami.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach

3
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Visiting Shark Valley and Haulover Beach Park will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lincoln Road and Aventura Mall. There's lots more to do: stroll through South Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, admire the landmark architecture of Art Deco Tours, and shop like a local with Collins Avenue.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Miami online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Marathon to Miami takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Miami, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Aventura Mall, Haulover Beach Park, Shark Valley Visitor Center
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South Beach ©
South Beach
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road

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