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Fort Lauderdale to Tampa drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Fort Lauderdale to Tampa road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa. If you're planning a road trip to Tampa, 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

11:00 am  start in Fort Lauderdale
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:21 pm  Alligator Alley
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:21 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:22 pm  Naples (Florida)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:22 pm
drive for about 52 minutes

4:14 pm  Fort Myers
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Fort Myers
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:20 pm  Sarasota
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:20 pm
drive for about 46 minutes

2:05 pm  The Dali Museum
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:05 pm
drive for about 28 minutes

3:34 pm  arrive in Tampa
stay at Columbia Restaurant

day 2 driving ≈ 2.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Alligator Alley

Naples (Florida)  (20 answers)
    questions about Naples (Florida):
        Seafood restaurants
        Good restaurants? Fun things to do?
        Bachelorette party activities in Naples, Florida?
        Restaurant Recommendations in Naples?

Fort Myers  (20 answers)
    Edison and Ford Winter Estates  (2 mentions)
    questions about Fort Myers:
        What's the best neighborhood in Fort Myers for a first time visitor?

Sarasota  (35 answers)
    Siesta Beach  (2 mentions)
    questions about Sarasota:
        Where's the best beer?!
        Hip, urban neighborhoods in Sarasota Fl.
        Things to see in Sarasota, Florida, and around?

The Dali Museum  (10 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in Tampa?

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 Tampa.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Columbia Restaurant, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

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




Where's the best place to eat in Tampa?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Ulele, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Piquant Hyde Park  (3 mentions)
Oxford Exchange  (2 mentions)
Bern's Steak House  (2 mentions)
Ava  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Tampa?

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:

Busch Gardens Tampa  (5 mentions)
Bayshore Blvd  (4 mentions)
Tampa Riverwalk  (4 mentions)
South Howard Ave  (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 Tampa. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Tampa?  (9 answers)

profile  Catherine from Chapel Hill asked:
Best new restaurants in Tampa?  (7 answers)

profile  Jennifer from Culver City asked:
Popular areas in Tampa for shopping?  (7 answers)

profile  Avery from Berkeley asked:
Beaches around Tampa  (5 answers)

profile  Katie from Columbus asked:
Weekend ideas for a first timer in Tampa  (5 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 Tampa to Fort Lauderdale drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Fort Lauderdale? Try searching for places within 4 hours of Fort Lauderdale.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa. Or get a full Fort Lauderdale to Tampa 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 Fort Lauderdale well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Fort Lauderdale!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 263 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 44 minutes
53 Fort Lauderdale travel answers
20 Naples (Florida) travel answers
20 Fort Myers travel answers
35 Sarasota travel answers
69 Tampa travel answers





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