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Miami Beach to Tampa drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Miami Beach to Tampa road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Miami Beach 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

10:00 am  start in Miami Beach
drive for about 42 minutes

10:42 am  Fort Lauderdale
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:42 am
drive for about 49 minutes

12:31 pm  Everglades National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:31 pm
drive for about 43 minutes

2:14 pm  Alligator Alley
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:14 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:14 pm  Naples (Florida)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Naples (Florida)
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:16 am  Sanibel
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:16 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:35 pm  Punta Gorda
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:35 pm
drive for about 57 minutes

3:33 pm  Sarasota
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:33 pm
drive for about 45 minutes

5:18 pm  Saint Petersburg (Florida)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:18 pm
drive for about 26 minutes

6:43 pm  arrive in Tampa
eat at Ulele
stay at Columbia Restaurant

day 2 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Fort Lauderdale  (53 answers)
    Las Olas Boulevard  (6 mentions)
    Las Olas Riverfront  (5 mentions)
    Publix  (3 mentions)
    Hollywood Beach  (3 mentions)
    Fort Lauderdale Beach Park  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Fort Lauderdale:
        15th Street Fisheries
        Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill
        Le Cafe De Paris
    questions about Fort Lauderdale:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Fort Lauderdale?
        Do I need a car in Fort Lauderdale?
        One Funky Day in Fort Lauderdale
        Top 5 restaurants and things to do in Fort Lauderdale?
        What are some great day trips from Ft. Lauderdale?

Everglades National Park  (2 mentions)

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?

Sanibel  (25 answers)

Punta Gorda  (2 answers)
    questions about Punta Gorda:
        Need restaurant rec’s In Punta Gorda

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?

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)?


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 Miami Beach drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

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

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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 283 miles
driving time of 4 hours, 5 minutes
26 Miami Beach travel answers
53 Fort Lauderdale travel answers
20 Naples (Florida) travel answers
25 Sanibel travel answers
2 Punta Gorda travel answers
35 Sarasota travel answers
30 Saint Petersburg (Florida) travel answers
69 Tampa travel answers





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