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lharry 02-28-2007 08:25 AM

Has anyone driven from Atlanta (or Atlanta area) to Port Canaveral? I'm wondering where a good half way point would be to stop and spend the night - I'm thinking Valdosta. I'd even consider driving a little further than half way to spend the night - I don't want to be late getting to the ship the next day!!

carlg 02-28-2007 08:34 AM

Valdosta is good. Another good stop with lots of options is Jacksonville, about 2 hours further. You may want to consider this because traffic can get bad during rush hour in Jacksonville. That way you are there and can start your drive a little later if you want.

29dawgs 02-28-2007 08:56 AM

Hi lharry,

We live in the Atanta area and have driven to Port Canaveral 4 times. We always drive and stop in Orange Park off of I-295 (Jacksonville). This is the Jacksonvill by-pass. Should take you 6 to 6.5 hours. Have fun.

lharry 02-28-2007 09:56 AM

Is there a particular Hotel you would recommend off if I-295 in Jacksonville?

Also, how much further do we have from Jacksonville to Port Canaveral?

Here's the thing - It will be spring break, and we won't be able to leave until after the kids get out of school on Friday - around 4:30ish, so we will be driving in rush hour traffic plus the spring break rush. Our ship leaves Port Canveral on Saturday afternoon.

29dawgs 02-28-2007 10:15 AM

If you do go to Orange Park, there is a LaQuinta, Best Western Hotel & Suits, or Hampton Inn. You will have a little over a 2 hour drive to Canaveral.

You can always stay in Lake Park GA. This is 2nd to the last exit in Ga. just south of Valdosta. They have a Hampton Inn there. You would have a 3 and a half to 4 hour drive to Canaveral from here.

There is not much in between these 2 stops. Hope this helps.

Chef Ken 02-28-2007 10:22 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by lharry:
get out of school on Friday - around 4:30ish, so we will be driving in rush hour traffic plus the spring break rush. Our ship leaves Port Canveral on Saturday afternoon.
All the more reason to get farther on Friday if you can! You don't want to be arriving late to port! http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo...icon_smile.gif

jrowell24 02-28-2007 04:09 PM

I live halfway between Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL. If you take I-16 to SAvannah, that would be a good place. Or you could drive down I-95 to Brunswick, GA or St. Simons/Jekyll Island. It will take around 4 hours to get to the port from Brunswick straight down I-95.

When are you cruising?

Josh

Big Papa 03-01-2007 03:12 AM

Don't forget, there is currently 30 miles of construction going on I-75 between Cordel and Valdosta. Police are very active in these areas.
(even during the hours of darkness)
(they also use unmarked SUV's)


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