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Sarasota to Charleston drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days   /   no pets


Sarasota to Charleston road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Sarasota to Charleston. If you're planning a road trip to Charleston, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Sarasota and Charleston. 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 Sarasota
drive for about 57 minutes

10:57 am  Tampa
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:57 am
drive for about 60 minutes

12:57 pm  Van Fleet Trail
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:57 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:14 pm  Ocala
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:14 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:49 pm  Macclenny
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Macclenny
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:38 am  Brunswick
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:38 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:51 pm  Savannah
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 3:51 pm
drive for about 58 minutes

4:49 pm  Beaufort
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:49 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:10 pm  arrive in Charleston
eat at Husk
stay at Vendue Inn

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Sarasota, 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?

Tampa  (55 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:
        Ulele
        Piquant Hyde Park
        Oxford Exchange
        Bern's Steak House
        Ava
    questions about Tampa:
        Best new restaurants in Tampa?
        Popular areas in Tampa for shopping?
        Beaches around Tampa
        Best free things to do in Tampa?
        Weekend ideas for a first timer in Tampa
Van Fleet Trail
Ocala  (4 answers)
Macclenny
Brunswick  (6 answers)
    questions about Brunswick:
        What's the best neighborhood in Brunswick for a first time visitor?
Savannah  (93 answers)
    Forsyth Park  (9 mentions)
    Bonaventure Cemetery  (5 mentions)
    Savannah's Historic District  (3 mentions)
    The Pirates House Savannah GA  (3 mentions)
    River Street  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Savannah:
        Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room
        Crystal Beer Parlor
        The Olde Pink House
        Gryphon Tea Room
        Clary's Cafe
    questions about Savannah:
        What is your favorite under rated attraction in Savannah?
        Leisurely trip to Savannah
        What are fun things to do in Savannah on a budget?
        Little Ones in Savannah
        Great restaurants in Savannah
Beaufort  (15 answers)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Charleston, South Carolina.

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



Where's the best place to stay in Charleston?

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 Charleston.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Vendue Inn, which was mentioned 8 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Charleston Place Hotel  (7 mentions)
The Mills House Hotel  (4 mentions)
Francis Marion Hotel  (4 mentions)
Market Pavilion Hotel  (4 mentions)

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





Where's the best place to eat in Charleston?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Husk, which was mentioned 17 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Hominy Grill  (11 mentions)
FIG  (7 mentions)

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





What are some things to do in Charleston?

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:

King Street  (8 mentions)
Boone Hall Plantation  (6 mentions)
The Battery  (6 mentions)
Folly Beach  (5 mentions)
Waterfront Park  (5 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 Charleston. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Christa from Chicago asked:
Two day trip - what are the must sees, eats, and drinks?  (12 answers)

profile  Cindy from asked:
Best oceanfront place to stay closest to Charleston SC  (7 answers)

profile  Rod from Sebastopol asked:
Dinner with family in Charleston tonight...  (6 answers)

profile  Liz from Denver asked:
Afternoon in Charleston  (5 answers)

profile  Brett from Long Beach asked:
Newbie in Charleston, How to Spend an Afternoon  (5 answers)

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





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 Charleston to Sarasota 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 Sarasota to Charleston. Or get a full Sarasota to Charleston 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 Sarasota well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Sarasota!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 487 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 22 minutes
25 Sarasota travel answers
55 Tampa travel answers
4 Ocala travel answers
6 Brunswick travel answers
93 Savannah travel answers
15 Beaufort travel answers
117 Charleston travel answers





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