Me and a friend are going on a roadtrip over 18 days, taking us from Miami, Key West, Everglades, Tampa, New Orleans, Atlanta, Savannah, and then down to Fort Lauderdale over Orlando and a couple of smaller places.
We will have kind of a busy schedule, but should be manageable. However, I’m very much in doubt of how much time to spend on the Keys. My thought was to leave Miami like 8am in the morning, giving us time to reach Key West around noon, or likely a few hours later so we have time to stop in various place on the way. We’ll than have time to see Key West for the rest of the day, and stay one night there, and next day, we’ll do the reverse, basically do a little more sightseeing in Key West if we think we still have some things to see, and then drive up towards Everglades probably getting to a motel just south of Miami late in the afternoon. I.e all of this should be done from like 8am in the morning to 8pm the day after for total of close to 36 hours.
Does the above make sense, and will it leave us enough time to get something out of the Keys, while still not spending too much time there and positioning ourselves for Everglades in the morning, or are we better off taking one night in Key West, with the ambition to do Everglades on the same day as we leave, i.e. leaving Key West 8am in the morning, and do the Everglades in the afternoon before heading to Naples?
We're from Denmark, so other input would also be appreciated, given we haven't been to Florida before.