This road trip of the Sunshine State of Florida begins and ends in Miami and in between takes in such highlights as Key West, The Everglades, Naples, Sarasota and Orlando.
Begin your road trip by travelling from Miami on the Overseas Highway to Key West. Walk the Pelican Path or take the Conch Tour Train to get a flavor of Key West. Don’t miss the Hemingway House, one of Key West’s most famous celebrity shrines.
Retrace your journey along the Keys to Florida Bay back country. Take some time to enjoy nature with a kayak tour through the bay or an airboat ride to enjoy the ultimate Everglades experience.
Continue north to Sarasota, passing the popular Fort Myers and Venice beaches before heading East to St. Augustine enjoying both the relaxing atmosphere of a beach town and the charm and intrigue of a historical city.
It’s then time to travel to Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, where the hardest decision you will have to make will be deciding which parks to visit. Choose between Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, MGM and Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure or SeaWorld.
The Exciting Parts
- Test your snorkelling skills at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State
- Climb aboard the Conch Tour Train and experience the wonder of Key West
- Explore Florida’s Everglades, a subtropical refuge to a unique array of wildlife
- Bird watch in Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge State Park
- Encounter unspoiled splendour of Crystal River, the gem of Florida’s beautiful Nature Coast
- Take a glass bottom boat ride in the 99.8% pure waters of the Silver River
- Immerse yourself in world-famous theme parks and unforgettable adventure in Orlando
*Admission fees not included
Miami - Key West
Key West - Key Largo
Key Largo - Everglades National Park (Naples)
Naples - Sarasota
Sarasota - Crystal River
Crystal River - St. Augustine
St. Augustine - Orlando
Orlando - Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach - Miami
Day 1 Miami Arrival
Arrive in the Sunshine State of Florida. Pick up your rental car and proceed to your hotel.
Day 2 Miami - Key West
Today’s journey takes you south, crossing 42 bridges and 32 islands as you drive on the Overseas Highway (US1) all the way to Key West, only 90 miles away from Cuba. Key Largo is the first in a chain of coral islands known as the Keys. The star visitor attraction is undoubtedly the only underwater park in the US, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Continue on to Key West and walk the Pelican Path or take the Conch Tour Train to get a flavour of Key West. Don’t miss the Hemingway House, one of Key West’s most famous celebrity
shrines. Overnight: Key West
Day 3 Key West - Key Largo
Today retrace your journey along the Keys en-route to Key Largo. Be sure to stop along the way to capture photos of this unique stretch of road and enjoy some freshly caught fish at the restaurant of your choice. Overnight in Key Largo.
Day 4 Key Largo - Everglades National Park (Naples)
Today cross “Alligator Alley” via the Everglades National Park. Spend time at the visitor centre and we suggest you hop aboard an airboat for a thrilling experience. Continue to the swanky town of Naples where designer shopping and fine dining compliment the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches. Overnight (2 nights) Naples
Day 5 Naples
A full day to relax and enjoy Naples
Day 6 Naples - Sarasota
Continue north to Sarasota, passing the popular Fort Myers and Venice beaches. Stop to visit the winter residence of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford outside Fort Myers. Consider taking a side trip to the tropical barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva (toll bridge). Visit Ding Darling State Park on Captiva where you can rent bicycles to enjoy the Floridian flora and fauna, or take a kayak trip through the mangroves. Overnight Sarasota
Day 7 Sarasota - Crystal River
Travel north and inland today as you head for Crystal River. Stop en route at Homosassa Springs, home to Nature World, a nature reserve for endangered manatees. Overnight Crystal River
Day 8 Crystal River - St. Augustine
This morning, visit Silver Springs Park where the fist Tarzan movies were filmed or enjoy a glass bottom boat ride on the crystal clear waters of S Springs. Cross the Ocala National Forest via Palatka to St. Augustine. Ponce De Leon landed here in 1513 in search of eternal youth. You can visit the mythical Fountain of Youth during your stay.
Day 9 St. Augustine - Orlando
Today, visit famous Daytona Beach before swinging inland and following Interstate 4 to the theme park capital of the world, Orlando, your base for the next three nights. Overnight St.Augustine
Day 10-11 Orlando
The main decision during your stay will be deciding which parks to visit. Choose between Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot Centre, MGM and Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure or SeaWorld. A good sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. (Admissions not included)
Overnight (2) Orlando
Day 12 Orlando - Cocoa Beach
Drive east to the Space Coast of Florida and land in Cocoa Beach, home of the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame. You may want to explore the universe at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre or walk the famous Cocoa Beach pier and enjoy the shops, food and ocean air. Overnight Cocoa Beach
Day 13 Cocoa Beach - Miami
Continue to Miami or alternatively Orlando in time to return your rental car before your return flight.