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  • Florida Keys

    The 120-mile-long Florida Keys island chain, linked to mainland Florida by U.S.1, the Overseas Highway is a magical and tropical retreat. You’ll find secluded beaches, fabulous deep-sea fishing and amazing dive sites.

    • Dolphins

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    • Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

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    • Yoga & Paddleboarding In The Sunset

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    • Sailing On The Key West Coastline

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    • Cheeca Lodge Pier

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    • Nikali Seaplane

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    • Cheeca Lodge & Spa Pool

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    The Florida Keys are teeming with activities and things to do for visitors of all ages and interests. Your time in the Keys can be as action-packed and thrilling or relaxed and low-key as you desire.

    Adventure-seekers can test the water, and their skills, on a fishing charter for prized game fish. Get up with tropical fish on a snorkel trip, or dive to explore a ship wreck on the ocean floor. Visit local art galleries and museums and shop for unique gifts. Feast on fresh seafood at fine restaurants, or just relax in a hammock suspended between two palms. Simply unwind and let go with the outgoing tide

    Key Largo

    The first of the Florida Keys, Key Largo offers some of the most spectacular scuba diving in the continental U.S. Being the largest key, it is home to multiple county and state parks, fantastic off shore and back country fishing, and just a stones throw from the mainland and Everglades National park.

    Islamorada

    Tavernier Creek separates Key Largo from Islamorada, also referred to as the purple isle. Islamorada also offers a stunning reef line for scuba diving, but is better known for it's off shore and back country fishing.

    Marathon

    Marathon is located in the heart of the Florida Keys, approximately 50 miles north of Key West and 50 miles south of Key Largo. Visit the Dolphin Research Center, Turtle Hospital, Crane Hammock Point or Sombrero Beach. Cruise the seven mile bridge (where the movie True Lies was filmed) or take to the water for a cruise around the Middle Keys.

    Lower Keys

    Visit the Lower Keys which is truly back to nature with the endangered tiny Key deer. Take a bicycle tour on Sugarloaf Key or Bahia Honda Key to see them. Include a dive or snorkel trip to Looe Key reef, kayaking the back country, off shore and back country fishing or basking in the sun at Bahia Honda State Park. This park has made the list of top 10 beaches in the U.S. It's stunning white sand gives way to the gin clear waters lapping on it's shoreline.

    Key West

    Key West is most often referred to as the Southernmost city in the continental U.S. Located only 90 miles from Cuba and 100 miles from Key Largo, their is something for everyone on this 5 mile island.

    Key West has been home to such notables as Ernest Hemingway from 1931 to 1961. Today his property is open to the public, as is the maritime museum of Mel Fisher and many other writers, actors and explorers. The Harry S. Truman Little White House is open to the public for tours. Key West brims with color, variety and excitement. The island is a mixture of the galleries, museums, theaters, restaurants, shops, bars and entertainers. It is an eclectic mix of old and modern architecture. Duval street is well known, and so are the daily sunset celebrations.

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    • Top Tip 1

      From May to October, look out for the sea turtles laying their eggs in the sand and the subsequent migration of the hatchlings from their nest to the ocean. Some turtles will lay up to 250 eggs in the one nest! Naples is a great place to experience this.

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      Driving through the Florida Keys is straightforward as there is just one road in and out - Highway 1. Everything is measured by 'Mile Markers'. Start at MM127 and go through to MM0, which is when you know you've arrived in Key West.

    • Top Tip 3

      Whilst in the Keys, visit the Dolphin Research Centre in Marathon. You'll not only learn all about our favourite marine mammal, you can swim with them too.

    • Top Tip 4

      For the best Florida shopping experience, and there are plenty of them, our vote goes to Mizner Park in Boca Raton for a relaxed, upscale shopping and dining experience.

    • Top Tip 5

      Another 'must do' shopping experience is of course Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, even if it's just for a little window-shopping.

    • Top Tip 6

      There are lots of toll roads in Florida, and you may find you're on one soon after you leave the airport so be prepared with some quarters to save time. Charges vary but expect to pay approximately $1.50 each time.

    • Top Tip 7

      For a really fun experience, take an airboat ride on the Everglades spotting alligators and manatees. It's an experience that all the family will enjoy.

    • Top Tip 8

      If you're travelling during the summer months, be prepared for afternoon showers most days. They only last a couple of hours and it soon dries up...and of course it's usually warm rain!

    • Top Tip 9

      Longboat Key, Naples and Marco Island are three of Florida's best kept secrets. All have wonderful beaches as well as great golf, fine dining and luxury shopping.

    • Top Tip 10

      One of Florida's most scenic drives is route A1A which hugs the coast all the way from Fernandino Beach in the north to Fort Lauderdale where it becomes Highway 1 and continues down to Key West.

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  • Florida Favourites

    Begins in Orlando, Florida and ends in Miami, Florida

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Islamorada

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    • Dolphin Encounters

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    • White Sand Beaches

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    Day 01

    Arrive Orlando

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Orlando. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel, where you spend the next three nights.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

    Day 02 Day 03

    Orlando

    Your hotel is situated on a magnificent 1,500 acre resort, convenient to Orlando’s fabulous attractions. Hop onto the resort’s courtesy shuttle and experience the magical world of Disney. If you enjoy theme parks, visits to SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Legoland are also a must. Make sure you allocate some time at your resort which offers no fewer than 45 holes of championship golf, a fabulous pool and a lake with its very own beach.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

    132Mi/213Km

    Day 04 Day 05

    Longboat Key

    Heading west today takes you towards Florida’s Gulf coastline. A leisurely drive takes you past Tampa and St Petersburg to the charming isle of Longboat Key. Venture to Sarasota and experience the European style of St Armands Circle, where a host of dining pleasures can be sampled and boutique shopping enjoyed. Longboat Key Club & Resort has fabulous golf and tennis facilities, with tuition available, and a wide range of water sports.

    Hotel: Longboat Key Club & Resort

    120Mi/193Km

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    Naples

    Today’s leisurely drive takes you south along the Gulf Coast. If time permits, we suggest you take time to enjoy Fort Myers and Sanibel Island en-route. Perhaps you could picnic lunch on one of the many beautiful beaches. Naples is the jewel of the south, offering its visitors the option of shopping on Fifth Avenue and strolling the quaint streets of Old Naples or heading down to the beach to enjoy the Florida sunshine. With seafood as the local speciality, you are guaranteed some sumptuous dining pleasures in Naples.

    Hotel: LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

    273Mi/439Km

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    Key West

    A short drive south brings you to Marco Island, where you can stop and enjoy the beautiful beaches and landscape and some very cosmopolitan cafes. We also suggest a visit to the Everglades National Park on your journey. This is the largest sub-tropical wilderness in the United States, where rare and endangered species roam. Take a tram, airboat tour or hike through the crocodile infested wilderness. Your journey continues along the beautiful Florida Keys to Key West. The furthest of the Keys and the southernmost city in the US, here you can enjoy Florida with a tropical Caribbean-style twist.

    Hotel: Hyatt Key West Resort & Spa

    78Mi/126Km

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    Islamorada

    Returning along the causeway, you will find plenty of opportunities to take pictures and stroll the seaside towns. Marathon in the heart of the Keys has some of the best snorkelling, fishing and diving in the area. Perhaps take a bicycle ride through Key Deer country or relax on one of the beautiful beaches at Bahia Honda State Park in the Lower Keys. Your accommodation for the next two nights is at Islamorada where an array of marine life inhabits the coral reefs. A colourful collection of arts, crafts and locally produced pieces can be found at Treasure Village along with a wide variety of dining options. Hotel:

    Hotel: Cheeca Lodge & Spa

    88Mi/142Km

    Day 13 Day 14

    Miami

    Hip and bursting with vibrant entertainment, today’s short drive brings you to the wonderfully cosmopolitan city of Miami. A city of contrasts, Miami invites you to do as much or as little as you choose. Should you wish, a short drive north takes you to the prestigious areas of Palm Beach and Boca Raton, where you can mingle with the rich and famous or just enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of chic boutiques and outdoor cafés.

    Hotel: Hyatt Centric South Beach

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Spend your final day unwinding by the pool or picking up some last minute souvenirs before you return your car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2329 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Key West Trolley Tours

    Key West

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    • Key West Trolley Tours

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    • Duval Street, Key West

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    1 Day Tour

    A Trolley Tour is a fabulous way of exploring the historic island of Key West. Old Town Trolley Tours offers a comfortable seat, a humorous and interesting narrative and a way to see the best of the city at your own pace. Hop aboard one of the orange and green trolleys to see the most intriguing points of interest and share the fascinating stories which helped shape one the USA’s most visited destinations. This flexible trolley tour allows you to hop-on and off at sights of interest, in the knowledge that another trolley will carry you along to the next part of the journey. From Mallory Square and Duval Street to Henry Flagler’s Historic Railroad Museum, the Old Town Trolley Tour provides a unique way to experience the most southerly Key.

    Duration: 90 Minutes

    Ghosts & Gravestones Tour of Key West

    Board the Trolley of the Doomed where you will hear their tales that have been all but forgotten as you travel the narrow, dark streets of Old Town - filled with 19th century wooden houses that hold on to the secrets of their former inhabitants. Stories so tragic, so chilling, you’ll see why Key West is one of the top ten most haunted cities in America.

    EXCLUSIVE night time entry into one of the island’s haunted Civil War forts - once quarantine barracks for suffering soldiers left to die from yellow fever; now home to an eerie doll that can play tricks on you if you don’t play nicely. Our Ghost Host will add a pinch of humor to Key West's dark side with tales of deathly love, tragic endings, scores to settle, wrongs to right and ghastly folk – some so strange it will be hard to believe they’re true.

    Exclusive! Visit with Robert the Doll, Key West's most cursed resident.

    Duration: 90 minutes

     

    Prices

    1 Day Tour

    From £27 per adult and £9 per child (aged 6-12).

    Ghosts & Gravestones Tour of Key West

    From £31 per adult and £23 per child (aged 6-12).