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Fort Myers to Gainesville drive

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  Fort Myers
 Boca Grande
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Fort Myers to Gainesville road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Fort Myers to Gainesville. If you're planning a road trip to Gainesville, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Fort Myers and Gainesville. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Fort Myers and Gainesville. 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 Myers
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:20 pm  Boca Grande
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:20 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:33 pm  Sarasota
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:33 pm
drive for about 57 minutes

4:30 pm  Tampa
stay overnight at Columbia Restaurant
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Columbia Restaurant
drive for about 59 minutes

11:59 am  Brooksville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:59 pm
drive for about 58 minutes

1:56 pm  Belleview
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:56 pm
drive for about 59 minutes

3:55 pm  arrive in Gainesville

day 2 driving ≈ 3 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Boca Grande

Sarasota  (32 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?

Tampa  (62 answers)
    International Plaza and Bay Street  (6 mentions)
    Busch Gardens Tampa  (5 mentions)
    Bayshore Blvd  (4 mentions)
    Tampa Riverwalk  (4 mentions)
    South Howard Ave  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Tampa:
        Piquant Hyde Park
        Oxford Exchange
        Bern's Steak House
    hotels around Tampa:
        Columbia Restaurant
    questions about Tampa:
        Best new restaurants in Tampa?
        Popular areas in Tampa for shopping?
        Weekend ideas for a first timer in Tampa
        Beaches around Tampa
        Best free things to do in Tampa?



What are some things to do in Gainesville?

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

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!

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Gainesville.

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 Gainesville to Fort Myers drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

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

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 248 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 41 minutes
16 Fort Myers travel answers
1 Boca Grande travel answer
32 Sarasota travel answers
62 Tampa travel answers
1 Belleview travel answer
3 Gainesville travel answers


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