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Charleston to Fort Lauderdale drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Charleston to Fort Lauderdale road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Charleston to Fort Lauderdale. If you're planning a road trip to Fort Lauderdale, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Charleston
drive for about 2 hours

11:53 am  Hilton Head Island
eat at The Salty Dog Cafe
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:53 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:38 pm  Brunswick
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:38 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:41 pm  Jacksonville
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Jacksonville
drive for about 1.5 hours

10:34 am  Daytona Beach
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:34 am
drive for about 1 hour

12:42 pm  Kennedy Space Center
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:42 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:09 pm  Vero Beach
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:09 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:32 pm  West Palm Beach
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:32 pm
drive for about 46 minutes

7:18 pm  arrive in Fort Lauderdale
eat at 15th Street Fisheries
stay at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Hilton Head Island  (30 answers)
    Hilton Head Island  (3 mentions)
    Coastal Discovery Museum  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Hilton Head Island:
        The Salty Dog Cafe
    questions about Hilton Head Island:
        Best historical locations/tours on Hilton Head Island?
        Girlfriend getaway in Hilton Head
        road numbers

Brunswick  (6 answers)
    questions about Brunswick:
        What's the best neighborhood in Brunswick for a first time visitor?

Jacksonville  (26 answers)
    questions about Jacksonville:
        What's the best neighborhood in Jacksonville for a first time visitor?

Daytona Beach  (20 answers)
    Undercover Tourist  (2 mentions)
    Museum of Arts & Sciences  (2 mentions)
    Daytona International Speedway  (2 mentions)

Kennedy Space Center  (8 mentions)

Vero Beach  (4 answers)

West Palm Beach  (12 answers)
    questions about West Palm Beach:
        What's the best neighborhood in West Palm Beach for a first time visitor?
        Looking for a hotel with a great view
        Restaurants in West Palm Beach - casual with good beers on tap
        Where are popular areas to stay in West Palm Beach?


Where's the best place to stay in Fort Lauderdale?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Fort Lauderdale.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

Want to research more popular hotels in Fort Lauderdale? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Fort Lauderdale?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest 15th Street Fisheries, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Le Cafe De Paris  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Fort Lauderdale? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Fort Lauderdale?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Las Olas Boulevard  (6 mentions)
Las Olas Riverfront  (5 mentions)
Publix  (3 mentions)
Hollywood Beach  (3 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Fort Lauderdale. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Fort Lauderdale?  (12 answers)

profile  Matt from New York City asked:
Do I need a car in Fort Lauderdale?  (6 answers)

profile  Rachel from asked:
One Funky Day in Fort Lauderdale  (5 answers)

profile  Diane from Mankato asked:
Top 5 restaurants and things to do in Fort Lauderdale?  (5 answers)

profile  Shaina from Hilton Head Island asked:
What are some great day trips from Ft. Lauderdale?  (4 answers)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Fort Lauderdale to Charleston drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Charleston to Fort Lauderdale. Or get a full Charleston to Fort Lauderdale flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Charleston well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Charleston!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 565 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 20 minutes
Fort Lauderdale is the same time as Charleston
138 Charleston travel answers
30 Hilton Head Island travel answers
6 Brunswick travel answers
26 Jacksonville travel answers
20 Daytona Beach travel answers
4 Vero Beach travel answers
12 West Palm Beach travel answers
53 Fort Lauderdale travel answers





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