Discover Florida's beautiful coastline and cultural highlights on this self-drive that takes you from the chic beach scene of Miami, to the stunning Florida Keys and popular Gulf Coast resorts before discovering the thrills and spills of Orlando's iconic theme parks. Discover some of the US's best beaches along with fantastic dining, shopping, watersports and wildlife.
Suggested route & duration
Suggested duration: 10 nights Miami round-trip
• Miami: 2 nights
• Marathon, Florida Keys: 1 night
• Naples: 1 night
• Clearwater: 1 night
• Orlando: 3 nights
• Fort Lauderdale: 2 nights
About this independent tour
South Florida Explorer is a recommended self-drive itinerary including 11 days car hire, accommodation for 10 nights in mainly 3 and 4 star hotels and a personalised documentation pack. Destinations, durations and accommodation are all completely flexible and easily adapted to suit your own needs. All sightseeing is a suggestion only and is not included. This is an unescorted, independent journey and no Kuoni representative will be available. Transfers are not included so upon arrival at each destination you will be required to make your own way to your hotel and you will also be required to independently reconfirm any arrangements locally.
A useful e-Road Book (in PDF form) will be provided for you prior to departure that will help guide you along your itinerary and find local sites of interest as well as your accommodation. We can book a range of rental car types from a range of different providers, please speak to one of our Personal Travel Experts for more details.
MIAMI Begin your exploration in Miami which offers an intriguing blend of history, glamour, grittiness and tradition, from the historic Art Deco buildings and shiny sports cars that parade down Ocean Drive to Washington Drive’s tattoo parlours and Little Havana’s traditional Cuban bars. Discover upscale boutiques and souvenir shops on Collins Avenue or head to Lincoln Road Mall – a pedestrianised street lined with boutiques, stylish restaurants and trendy bars. South Beach’s wide stretch of white sand is the perfect place to relax and people-watch before enjoying Miami’s beach bars and glittering nightlife.
Hotel: Sole on the Ocean
FLORIDA KEYS The Florida Keys are a string of coral islands connected to the mainland by the Overseas Highway, a 113-mile road linking a number of keys between Key Largo and Key West. The drive across this scenic highway is undoubtedly one of the highlights of your journey. Enjoy the incredible views and vibrant shades of green and blue as you make your way to Marathon, a 10-mile long stretch of islands at the southern end of the keys. Marathon is renowned for its superb seafood restaurants and it hosts one of Florida's best seafood festivals every March. Its sandy beaches and shallow waters are great for families and its easy to explore by bike.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon
FORT MYERS/BONITA SPRINGS The Gulf Coast is home to some of Florida's premier beaches. Along the way you could stop off at the Everglades National Park for an airboat tour and the chance to see alligators in their natural habitat. Bonita Springs is blessed with beautiful beaches and is a popular destination for watersports, fishing and bird watching. Explore nature trails, mangroves and pristine beaches in Lovers Key State Park which is made up of four barrier islands and is home to wildlife including dolphins, manatees and bald eagles. History lovers should head north to the city of Fort Myers, the 'city of palms', where highlights include the Southwest Florida Museum of History and the winter retreats of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.
Hotel: Trianon Bonita Bay
CLEARWATER This beautiful peninsula is one of the most popular family destinations on the Gulf Coast. It offers miles of sandy beaches, a glorious sunny climate and a range of activities including snorkelling, dolphin-watching and fishing. Beyond the beach there are plenty of entertainment options to keep you busy including world-class shopping, golf courses, museums and theatres, as well as nearby Busch Gardens®. Nearby St Petersburg, or St Pete's as it's known locally, is perfect for families and home to the number one rated nature beach in America.
Hotel: Sheraton Sand Key
ORLANDO Escape into a world of fantasy and endless adventures in Orlando, home to incredible theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort™ and Walt Disney World Resort. Offering non-stop fun for all ages, Orlando is one of the world’s best family holiday destinations. Meet your favourite characters, explore a number of different lands, step into a scene from one of your favourite films, experience the thrill of riding heart-pounding roller-coasters, and cool off in the waves of one of the many water parks. Outside of the parks, Downtown Orlando features a range of museums and art galleries, as well as theatres, bars and restaurants.
Hotel: Holiday Inn & Suites near Universal Orlando™
FORT LAUDERDALE Known as the 'Venice of America' because of its miles of inland waterways and canals, this former party town has developed into a family-friendly resort with a sophisticated vibe. The impressive beachfront is bordered by a wide path that is perfect for running, walking or rollerblading while the charming riverside is dotted with restaurants and bars. Cruise the waterways by water taxi, check out the shops and restaurants on Las Olas Boulevard and stroll along the scenic Riverwalk, from the historic downtown district to Stranahan House and the arts and entertainment district where the popular Sunday Jazz Brunch is held on the first Sunday of each month.
Hotel: Gallery One Doubletree
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Tailor your tour
Don’t forget that you can tailor make your own self-drive around the USA, choosing your number of nights, where you stay, and even adding excursions. Or combine your self-drive with a stay at any of our city, beach or resort hotels in USA or Canada.