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Jacksonville to Sarasota drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Jacksonville to Sarasota road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Jacksonville to Sarasota. If you're planning a road trip to Sarasota, 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 Jacksonville
drive for about 32 minutes

10:32 am  Macclenny
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:32 am
drive for about 1 hour

12:35 pm  Gainesville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:35 pm
drive for about 42 minutes

2:17 pm  Ocala
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:17 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:19 pm  Brooksville (Florida)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Brooksville (Florida)
drive for about 9 hours

5:59 pm  Wesley Chapel
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:59 pm
drive for about 53 minutes

7:52 pm  Saint Petersburg (Florida)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 8:52 pm
drive for about 49 minutes

9:41 pm  arrive in Sarasota

day 2 driving ≈ 10.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Macclenny

Gainesville  (6 answers)

Ocala  (4 answers)

Brooksville (Florida)

Wesley Chapel  (2 answers)
    questions about Wesley Chapel:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Wesley Chapel?

Saint Petersburg (Florida)  (30 answers)
    The Dali Museum  (5 mentions)
    St. Petersburg Beach  (2 mentions)
    Downtown St. Pete / iLovetheBurg.com  (2 mentions)
    Tampa Bay  (2 mentions)
    questions about Saint Petersburg (Florida):
        St. Petersburg, Florida
        Local restaurants in Saint Petersburg?
        Best free things to do in Saint Petersburg (Florida)?


What are some things to do in Sarasota?

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:

Siesta Beach  (2 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 Sarasota. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Laura from Honolulu asked:
Where's the best beer?!  (7 answers)

profile  Scott from Philadelphia asked:
Hip, urban neighborhoods in Sarasota Fl.  (3 answers)

profile  Victoria from Riga asked:
Things to see in Sarasota, Florida, and around?  (2 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 Sarasota to Jacksonville drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

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

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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 271 miles
driving time of 4 hours, 1 minute
26 Jacksonville travel answers
6 Gainesville travel answers
4 Ocala travel answers
1 Brooksville (Florida) travel answer
2 Wesley Chapel travel answers
30 Saint Petersburg (Florida) travel answers
35 Sarasota travel answers





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