Our Sunshine State itinerary is great for families or grown-ups, but it’s more than just thrilling theme parks. Enjoy scenic driving and laid-back spots, from awesome west- and east-coast sands to al fresco South Beach dining.
Suggested route & duration
Suggested duration 10 nights from Miami
• Miami: 2 nights
• Key West, Florida Keys: 1 night
• Clearwater: 1 night
• Orlando: 3 nights
• Fort Lauderdale: 2 nights
About this independent tour
Why you’ll love this self-drive
• See the quirky and colourful collection of buildings in the Miami Art Deco District
• Lap up panoramic ocean views as you drive down to Key West
• Step into scenes from famous films and spot your favourite characters at Orlando’s theme parks
• Get your fix of winter sun with trips to the beach on both coasts
Suggested self-drive details
Day 1: Miami Discover the city’s boutique-lined streets and glittering South Beach nightlife. Stay 2 nights at Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club.
Day 3: Key West Go diving and snorkelling in this segment of the Florida Keys, known for its coral reef and pastel-coloured houses. Stay at Perry Key West.
Day 4: Naples Continue to this chic spot and visit the pier, a popular place for fishing and dolphin-spotting. It’s also great for shopping or a round of golf. Stay at The Inn on Fifth.
Day 5: Clearwater Head to the three-mile stretch of powdery sands at Clearwater Beach, a family-friendly spot with great oceanfront dining. Stay at Sheraton Sand Key.
Day 6: Orlando Head to Universal Orlando Resort or Walt Disney World Resort for incredible roller coasters and cool water parks. Go downtown for theatres, bars and restaurants. Stay 3 nights at Caribe Royale Resort.
Day 9: Fort Lauderdale Explore the city’s famous inland waterways and wander the wide beachfront path to soak up the sea views. Stay 2 nights at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale.
Universal Studios Florida
Immerse yourself in the action of your favourite movies and television shows
Eclectic street art has transformed this previously run-down Miami neighbourhood
Florida Keys Scenic Highway
Chase the turquoise sea as you drive the ‘Road to Paradise’
Gulf coast beaches
Relax on Florida’s calm west-coast shores, ideal for swimming and stand-up paddleboarding
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Tailor your tour
Make it your own
We’ve crafted this self-drive based on our own experiences and customers’ feedback. It’s fully flexible, so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip.
Where to stay
We’ve picked Miami Beach as it’s quieter and better value; choose the livelier end of South Beach to be nearer the Art Deco architecture and nightlife. Go for hotels within Orlando’s theme parks for easy access to the attractions and extra benefits such as early entry.
We recommend buying The Sightseeing Pass, available in Orlando and Miami. Take a food tour of Little Havana and visit its traditional Cuban bars; go window shopping along the Lincoln Road Mall. Cruise down US Highway 1 to Key West to experience a chunk of this famous USA drive.
Spend another night in Miami to see more of the vibrant culture or hit the beaches. Relax a little longer in Naples – post an Instagram or two at Naples Pier as the sun sets. Add a couple more nights in Orlando to make the most of the theme parks.
You can easily combine this itinerary with a cruise, departing from either Miami or Fort Lauderdale – Miami isn’t far from the Bahamas or other Caribbean islands. For a change of scenery from the beaches, head north or extend in other major cities like Washington D.C., New York or Boston.
Good to know
When to go
• Florida is mostly warm year-round, although northern parts can be cool in winter
• December to May is generally high season, especially further south, as this is the dry season with warm and sunny days from March to May in particular
• July to August brings high temperatures, increased humidity and rainfall – there’s a risk of hurricanes from June to November