Orlando to Florida Keys: a family road trip

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Duration(in days): 9

From: Orlando

To: Miami



Exc. International flights (per person based on 2 adults, 2 children)

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    Explore the ‘Sunshine State’ from Orlando to Florida Keys with our family road trip! Start in Orlando with a trip to the Kennedy Space Centre where you can have lunch with an astronaut! Then you’ll drive south to Miami Beach for some days of relaxation on the golden sands. After a few days of beach life, tasting Cuban food and a day trip to the Everglades, you’ll continue along the scenic Overseas Highway towards Key West. Spend a few days wandering this tiny beach city, tasting famous key lime pie and conch fritters before watching the sunset from the island of Key Largo. Experience Florida from top to toe on this road trip!

    This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements, please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream American road trip.


    • Have lunch with an astronaut at Kennedy Space Center    
    • Wander along Miami Beach’s iconic golden sands
    • Enjoy Cuban food in Little Havana, Miami 
    • Drive the scenic Overseas Highway to the Keys    
    • Eat fresh conch fritters by the Key West harbour
    • Watch a spectacular sunset from Key Largo 

    Itinerary in brief:

    • 2 nights Orlando              
    • 3 nights Miami Beach     
    • 2 nights Key West
    • 1 nights Key Largo      


    Day 1: Arrive Orlando        

    On arrival in Orlando, you’ll collect your rental car from the airport and drive to your hotel, where you will check in for two nights.

    Day 2: Orlando 

    Today you’ll drive to the coast to visit the Kennedy Space Centre. We’ve included a pass for the family, which gives you access to all the best exhibits and activities. Our favourite is their “Lunch with an Astronaut” programme where you can meet someone who has been to space! You’ll also enjoy a tour of areas normally only accessible to NASA personnel – get up close to the launch pad, learn how astronauts spend their last days before lift-off and see the largest rocket ever built. The whole family will love this incredible glimpse into the space programme.

    If you want to extend your time here by a few days to visit more of the Orlando theme parks, we can add this in for you, just ask.

    Day 3: Drive to Miami        

    This morning you’ll drive down through Florida to Miami beach, where you’ll check into your hotel for three nights. Why not leave early and spend the afternoon on the sands before tucking into a dinner of crab claws as the sun sets?

    Day 4 & 5: Miami      

    You’ve got two days to explore Miami with your family. Start on Miami Beach, where endless sands and blue water will keep you busy for hours with water sports, snorkelling and relaxing in the sun. Later, why not venture into Little Havana where you can wander past Cuban cigar shops and watch locals play dominoes in the park before enjoying a delicious dinner of Cubano sandwiches, yucca fries and mojitos!

    On your second day here, we’ve included a day tour from Miami to the Everglades, where you’ll ride an airboat through the lush wetlands looking out for alligators, manatees and herons in the humid air. A day here is the perfect antidote to the city.

    Day 6: Drive to Key West  

    Today you’ll drive even further south, along the Overseas Highway to the Florida Keys. This 113-mile-long stretch of road passes over the turquoise ocean along the trail of islands heading down towards Cuba. Take it slow and enjoy the views before arriving at the final island of Key West, where you’ll check into your hotel for two nights.

    Days 7: Key West      

    Spend the day strolling around town, visiting Hemmingway’s house, the Key West Lighthouse and the Southernmost point in the USA. Here you can stare across the ocean where Cuba lies a mere 90 miles away. Key West is full of history, so grab a lunch of conch fritters and key lime pie before spending the afternoon learning about buried treasure at the Shipwreck Museum or wandering through the Harry Truman’s Little White House. Finish your day with a Key West cooler in your hand as you toast a wonderful holiday in Florida.

    Day 8: Drive to Key Largo 

    Your time in Florida is nearly over so today you’ll drive back up the Overseas Highway towards Key Largo, an island of clear water and endless beaches. We’ve given you one night here so it’ll only be a short drive tomorrow morning to the airport. Spend your final night eating fresh clams by the beach as the sun streaks scarlet across the sky.

    Day 9: Depart Miami 

    Today you’ll drive an hour north to Miami Airport and drop off your rental car before catching your onwards flight.                


    Think of Florida, and you’ll picture clear skies and sunny days. The Sunshine State is well known for its warm weather but the hurricane season takes over between June and November, meaning sunny days will be peppered with rainy downpours and any hurricanes that venture north from the Caribbean. Winter is ideal if you are visiting Orlando as the parks are usually quiet with kids at school but December doesn’t bring beach weather, so if you’re looking to relax on the sand, March to May is the best time of year.         

    This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you

    What's included
    • Accommodation for 8 nights    
    • Car hire    
    • Kennedy Space Centre Pass    
    • Everglades Tour    
    Not included
    • Meals    
    • Tips and personal expenses     
    • Fuel    

    8 nights in 3* and 4* standard accommodation.

    Hotels in this category include:

    • Grand Beach Resort Orlando

    • Pestana South Beach Art Deco Hotel

    • Courtyard by Marriott Key Largo

    • La Concha Hotel & Spa