Do you have 2-3 weeks to kill in a campervan? If so, lucky you! You’ll have plenty of time to explore Florida and all its wonders from tropical Key West to Walt Disney World! While you certainly have enough time to make your road trip a unique experience, here is an itinerary to get you started.
Half-Day in South Beach & Miami
When you pick up your campervan rental in Miami, we recommend spending a little time in the area. You might want to consider stopping at South Beach, or if you want some amazing food, head to Little Havana or Wynwood. Don’t worry if you get a late start. You can set up camp in Miami at Larry and Penny Thompson State Park or in Homestead.
2-3 Days in the Florida Keys
On the first full day of your road trip, you will arrive at the start of the Overseas Highway that will take you through the Florida Keys. The road is 113 miles, so you have plenty of time to explore the key spots in just 2-3 days.
We recommend visiting Key Largo, which is a popular scuba diving spot. Islamorada is another great point to take a break. You can swim with dolphins or see a 16th- century treasure chest in the History of Diving Museum.
From there, you’ll continue south to the end of the Keys, where you can take a picture at the Southern Most Point. While you’re there, be sure to stroll Duvall Street for some key lime pie and take a moment to relax on Smathers Beach.
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2-3 Days in the Everglades, Big Cypress National Preserve, Naples, and Sanibel Island Captiva
After you leave the Keys, we recommend staying at Long Pine Key Campground for a taste of the everglades. From there, you can drive on Shark Valley Loop road to see the state’s reptiles. There’s no shortage of alligators to be seen. As you make your way towards your next stop in Naples, you should also stop by Big Cypress National Preserve to see the swamp.
When you arrive in Naples, you’ll feel like you’ve come much further from the swamp. The area is known for upscale shopping and golf courses. It also has a popular namesake pier, where many travelers stop to watch dolphins. Once you’ve had your fill of the city, you can get away from it all on the remote Sanibel or Captiva Island.
2-3 Days in Sarasota and the Tampa Bay Area
For the next segment of your trip, you’ll continue north to Sarasota. We recommend seeing the Ringling Museum of Art and Siesta Key as these are both unique to the city.
Next, you’ll continue to Tampa Bay, where you’ll spend the next two days in the region. We suggest that you visit nearby Clearwater Beach for some relaxing beach time. To wrap up your Tampa Bay tour, drive to St. Petersburg to check out the Dali Museum or the Sunken Gardens. From there, you’ll drive across the popular Sunshine Skyway to your next destination.
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2-3 Days Along the Emerald Coast
The next part of your journey will be the longest driving stretch so far, but your campervan will make that easy. You’ll continue up the coast until you reach the Emerald Coast. This region is home to Apalachicola National Forest, which is the largest U.S. National Forest in the state.
You can also check out Panama City while you’re here. The area offers many dolphin tours by boat, or you can travel to Destin to take a Crab Island Cruise. You might also be interested in the local water park, Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park, or the Destin Harbor Boardwalk.
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2-3 Days in Amelia Island, St. Augustine, and Daytona Beach
Your next drive will take you across Northern Florida to the east coast, where you can visit Amelia Island and Fernandina. From there, you can start to head south again and make your way towards historic St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. Next, you can go to Daytona—home to the Daytona 500 and a fun beachfront boardwalk.
1-2 Days at Orlando Theme Parks
Your Florida trip wouldn’t be complete without a day or two at the world-famous Walt Disney World. We recommend its Magic Kingdom park for one day. If you have time to spare, check out one of Universal Studios’ two parks.
2-3 Days in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral
For the final segment, we recommend visiting Cocoa Beach, where you can try your hand at surfing. You can also visit Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Don’t miss a chance to tour one of the most monumental places in space exploration history.
Return to Ondevan Campervan Headquarters in Hallandale Beach
To conclude your camping adventures around Florida, drop your campervan off at Ondevan Headquarters in Hallandale Beach!