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Punta Gorda to Tampa drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets


Punta Gorda to Tampa road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Punta Gorda to Tampa. If you're planning a road trip to Tampa, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Punta Gorda and Tampa. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in Punta Gorda
drive for about 50 minutes

10:50 am  Boca Grande
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:50 am
drive for about 1 hour

1:03 pm  Sarasota
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:03 pm
drive for about 45 minutes

2:48 pm  Saint Petersburg (Florida)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:48 pm
drive for about 31 minutes

4:19 pm  Ybor City
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:19 pm
drive for about 7 minutes

5:26 pm  arrive in Tampa
eat at Ulele
stay at Columbia Restaurant

driving ≈ 3.5 hours


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Punta Gorda, Florida.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.



How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.



Where should I stop along the way?

Boca Grande
Sarasota  (25 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)  (25 answers)
    The Dali Museum  (5 mentions)
    St. Petersburg Beach  (2 mentions)
    Downtown St. Pete / iLovetheBurg.com  (2 mentions)
    Tampa Bay  (2 mentions)
    hotels around Saint Petersburg (Florida):
        Postcard Inn
    questions about Saint Petersburg (Florida):
        St. Petersburg, Florida
        Local restaurants in Saint Petersburg?
        Best free things to do in Saint Petersburg (Florida)?
Ybor City  (14 mentions)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Tampa, Florida.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.



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

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Popular areas in Tampa for shopping?  (7 answers)

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Beaches around Tampa  (5 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in 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 Punta Gorda 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 Punta Gorda to Tampa. Or get a full Punta Gorda 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 Punta Gorda well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Punta Gorda!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 104 miles
driving time of 1 hour, 29 minutes
1 Punta Gorda travel answer
1 Boca Grande travel answer
25 Sarasota travel answers
25 Saint Petersburg (Florida) travel answers
55 Tampa travel answers





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