We are a family of 3 adults flying from UK to Miami on 22nd Dec for a 10 day trip with rental car and would be grateful for any suggestions for an itinerary. The fly/drive is booked and paid for so the dates aren't flexible but everything in between still needs to be organised and we need to book accomodation asap.
It will be our first visit to the area and we plan to spend most days in the Keys (3-4 days each in Key West and Key Largo). Key West for exploring the lower keys area, and Key Largo for snorkelling or diving in the marine park. We don't want to spend much time in Miami but would like a short visit to the South Beach area at the start or the end of our trip. We are also keen walkers so wouldn't want to miss the opportunity to visit the Everglades for at least one day possibly two. Our arrival time on 22nd Dec is approx 2:30pm and our final night in Florida will be New Years Eve as we fly back 5:30pm on 1st Jan.
We are thinking SOBE(2), KW(4), KL(4) - means travelling to KW on Xmas Eve, the Everglades would be a day trip from KL and we would spend NYE in KL and drive back to airport on 1st Jan.
Another option is Airport Hotel or Florida City(1), KW(4), KL(4), SOBE(1) - Everglades could either be a day trip from KL or a short stop enroute to Miami where we would spend NYE on SOBE.
There are many other permutations such as Everglades/KL at the start and KW/SOBE at the end. Even staying longer in Miami and taking a trip to Everglades from there. It's difficult to know what are the best options and if we should take anything else into consideration before we finally decide. Also unsure which forum is best to post these general trip questions so might also post on the Key West and Key Largo forums too. Hopefully someone on one of the forums can guide us a little bit here to help us make this a memorable trip - thanks in advance for your assistance.