Day 1: London to Bradenton
Fly direct from London to Tampa, arriving the same day. On arrival, collect your rental car which you will have for your entire stay in Florida. Stay 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Bradenton West (or similar).
Day 2: Bradenton
Spend two days exploring Bradenton’s many attractions including the South Florida Museum & Parker Manatee Aquarium, home to possibly the world’s oldest manatee. Visit the Village of Arts, a vibrant community of over 35 artists where visitors have the opportunity to find affordable art, bespoke jewellery, ceramics and collectibles.
Day 3: Bradenton - Sanibel Island (approx.107 miles)
Drive south down the Gulf Coast to Sanibel Island, famous for its lighthouse, beaches and spectacular sunsets. Along the way, you’ll pass Florida resorts like Stay 2 nights at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa (or similar).
Day 4: Sanibel Island
Relax and unwind or explore the many attractions on offer, such as the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. Shelling is a popular pastime here and it’s hard not to be tempted to indulge in the 'Sanibel Stoop' while you’re walking along the beach, with so many interesting shells to choose from. Take a drive to Sanibel’s little sister, Captiva, and explore the J.N “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge which is home to many exotic species of birds and plants.
Day 5: Sanibel Island - Key West (approx. 205 miles)
Head south-east to Key West today. En route you’ll pass by the Big Cypress National Preserve and through the celebrated Everglades National Park. Both are worth a stop to explore. Stay 3 nights at the Crowne Plaza Key West - La Concha (or similar).
Day 6-7: Key West
With friendly locals and natural wonders Key West is a beach lover’s paradise. Enjoy nature’s aquarium and spend your day’s snorkelling in the translucent blue waters or choose to stay on dry land and explore Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key Largo. Experience art galleries, independently owned cafés and varied museums during the day and a cocktail or two, local live music, authentic diverse cuisine and a lively atmosphere in the evenings.
Day 8: Key West - Miami (approx. 58 miles)
Finally drive north to Miami. With fantastic beaches, fabulous shopping, luxurious spas, world class museums and a thriving art scene, it’s hard to know where to start your exploration of Miami. Why not take a dip in the Venetian Pool at Coral Gables or kick back with a drink and some Floribbean food in South Beach? Stay 2 nights at the Royal Palm Miami South Beach(or similar).
Day 9: Miami
Experience Miami’s party atmosphere and vibrant nightlife to round off your Florida fly drive. Take a culinary tour in Little Havana, Miami’s famous Cuban district, relax on the world-famous South Beach exploring the Art Deco district’s 800 registered buildings and take a boat tour to see many celebrities’ mansions on Star Island.
Day 10: Miami to London
Return your rental car at the airport then fly non-stop overnight back to London.
Included in your Fly Drive Holiday
- Hotel accommodation
- Economy flights
- Airport taxes, fuel & duty
- Car rental where stated
- Any applicable offers
Not included: Airport transfers, meals, sightseeing & personal expenses
Flights from regional UK airports available
Remember, we can tailor-make your holiday to suit your needs, contact our travel experts today, call us on 0208 290 9751