Florida Road Trip for 2 Weeks

Route

This Florida Road Trip is one of the most famous routes to experience this beautiful US state on your own!  During these two weeks you will cover most of the important sights and drives through Florida with a good balance of nature, cities and beaches. Check out my recommended routing and feel free to adapt it to your liking!

Proposed Itinerary

This itinerary for your Florida Road Trip is just a recommendation from me – but I’ve done a similar Florida road trip in 2006 and loved it:

Day Plan for the Day Sleeping in Distance
Day 1 Flight to Miami, continue to Key Largo Key Largo 64 miles
Day 2 Day Trip to Key West, stop at Bahia Honda State Park Key Largo 194 miles
Day 3 Full day driving through the Everglades with multiple Stops Naples 174 miles
Day 4 Day at Fort Myers with Sanibel & Captiva Island Fort Myers 36 miles
Day 5 Drive to Tampa, half day in Tampa Tampa 127 miles
Day 6 Another half day in Tampa, drive to Orlando Orlando 84 miles
Day 7 Full day in Orlando Orlando 0 miles
Day 8 Half day in Orlando, drive to Cocoa Beach in the evening Cocoa Beach 60 miles
Day 9 Full day at Cape Canaveral Cocoa Beach 0 miles
Day 10 Ocean Drive to Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale 178 miles
Day 11 Shopping, then continue to Miami in the evening Miami 28 miles
Day 12 Full day in Miami Miami 0 miles
Day 13 Full day in Miami Miami 0 miles
Day 14 Half day in Miami before flying home The Plane :-) 0 miles

 

Sights

Key West

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Key West is famous for being the southernmost point of the continental US and your Florida road trip. Not only the town itself is beautiful, but the drive via the Florida keys is one of my favorite routes in the whole United States. You will have beautiful views on your way, as well as great beaches. You should definitely stop at Bahia Honda State Park as it is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. When you’re there check out Seven Mile Bridge as well. Once in Key West, check out Southernmost Point of course and see the house of Ernest Hemingway. You will also find the bar where he went to (Sloppy Joe’s) where you should have his signature Daiquiri – the best drink on your Florida road trip!

Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn, Key Largo

Everglades

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Before visiting the Everglades on your Florida road trip you have to know that it is just huge. As the third largest national park in the United States, distances are quite big and you should plan ahead what you want to visit. Besides outdoor activities like boating and fishing you can also take a guided tour. I recommend to visit certain viewing spots or trails on your way though. Royal Palm / Anhinga Trail or the Eco Pond are great places to spot the wildlife. When driving along Tamiami Trail, there are many spots to spot and take short walks where you can even spot sea turtles and alligators.

Fort Myers

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On your way to Fort Myers on your Florida road trip you need to stop at Sanibel and Captiva Island. These places are not only great to have a swim, but also great wildlife refugees. When reaching Fort Myers, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates are a great place to visit. You can tour these awesome houses and then have a refreshing drink in the park.

Recommended Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites, Fort Myers

Tampa

There are plenty of things to do in and around Tampa during your Florida road trip. If you’re looking for fun, have a look at Busch Gardens – a huge amusement park with many attractions. If you’re into wildlife, check out the Florida Aquarium. If you’re into sports, watch a hockey match of the Tampa Bay Lightning. If none of these options catch you, just go shopping in one of the malls!

Recommended Hotel: Fairfield Inn & Suites, Tampa

Orlando

When stopping in Orlando during your Florida road trip you arrived in the capital of amusement parks. One of these is Sea World of course with the great orca show. Alternatively you can check out Disney World or Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If all that does not suit you, you can go shopping at one of the many malls, watch a basketball game, enjoy the great restaurants or visit a museum.

Recommended Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Orlando

Cape Canaveral

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Near Cocoa Beach lies the “space coast”: the place, where all manned space flights have been launched (including Apollo 11). When entering through the visitor center, you can access different sites by shuttle bus. Among these is the rocket garden, the huge Saturn V rocket and the famous launch pads. If you’re very lucky, there can be a rocket start during your visit, so check out the NASA page before you visit!

Recommended Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton, Cocoa Beach

Miami

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Miami is the highlight of your Florida road trip and you have around three days to spend here. Besides enjoying the great famous beaches at South Beach, there is so much to do! You definitely need to walk around the Art Deco District (walking tours are available) and also check out the oceanfront with all these great buildings. When you covered that, head downtown and grab something to eat. Check out the cruise pier and visit Little Havanna for that Cuban feeling. You just cannot get bored in Miami!

Recommended Hotel: The Palms, South Beach

Best Travel Season

This Florida road trip can be done very well from April to September as the Florida weather is very road-trip-friendly!

Approximate Costs

This is an estimation of the costs you will have during this Florida road trip – excluding food and other personal expenses:

  • Rental Car at Hertz: 450 USD
  • Flights to/from Miami via Expedia: 600 USD/person
  • 13 Hotel nights via Expedia: 1.000 USD
  • Entrance to National/State Parks: 300 USD
  • Gas: 200 USD
  • Total per person when travelling with a partner: 1.575 USD

Further Tips

  • Prices of Miami flights vary a lot – so compare multiple sites like Expedia or eBookers
  • Renting a convertible at e.g. Hertz is a great experience for your Florida road trip
  • Buying a GPS is often better than renting – use the Garmin Nüvi

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