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Driving from Clearwater/St. Peterburgh airport to Fort Myers

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Montreal, Canada
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Driving from Clearwater/St. Peterburgh airport to Fort Myers

Hello experienced travellers!

We are flying into Clearwater/St.Petersburgh airport from Plattsburgh, then driving to Fort Myers. The cheaper airline rates through Allegiant were just too good to pass up! So we'll be in Clearwater the first day. Any suggestions on where to stay (hotel, beach?).

Also, how long is the drive from there to Fort Myers? The drive looks pretty interesting using the Skybridge...

Thanks for your help!

Josée

Clearwater, Florida
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1. Re: Driving from Clearwater/St. Peterburgh airport to Fort Myers

Depends where you want to stay. There are many hotels by the airport (just about every chain has one along Ulmerton Road, which is just SE of airport). So if getting in later, and just looking for somewhere to stay nearby to start the drive the next day, this would be the area.

But, if you will be in Clearwater longer, and want to go a little out of your way to see the beach. Check out the Hilton. It is directly on the beach, right in the heart of it all. Also, a nice Holiday Inn on Gulfview Blvd. Budget friendlier is the Travelodge. Walk to everything from these.

You could also drive from the airport to St. Pete Beach. You will be headed South on I-275 to get to FM, and you could take the Pinellas Bayway exit, just before the Skyway Bridge, then stay on St. Pete Beach. Then, head back to I-275 the next day to drive to FM. This may be a way to hit the beach going less out of your way than going to Clearwater Beach.

Tampa, Florida
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2. Re: Driving from Clearwater/St. Peterburgh airport to Fort Myers

Something else to consider when renting a car, as of early last year there are toll transponders in many of the rental cars. Read www.sunpass.com to see how the various rental car companies charge for use of these transponders if you rent a car with one.

Toronto
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3. Re: Driving from Clearwater/St. Peterburgh airport to Fort Myers

I believe that the Allegant flight from Plattsburg arrives around 9.30 at night. You probably don't want to go scouting for a place to stay that late. There are a number of hotels & restaurants right on Ullmerton road, between the airport and I275. (Hampton, Days Inn, La Quinta, etc.). Any one of these should do. Turn left on Ullmerton as you exit the airport.

The drive from there to Ft. Myers should be around 2 1/2 hours. The toll over the Skyway was $1.00, but they may have raised this now to $1.25. There shouldn't be any othe tolls on your drive.

Montreal, Canada
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4. Re: Driving from Clearwater/St. Peterburgh airport to Fort Myers

Thanks for your comments evreyone! We will be landing in Clearwater at 2:30 in the afternoon, so want to stay near the beach. We'll head out to Fort Myers after lunch the following day.

5. Re: Driving from Clearwater/St. Peterburgh airport to Fort Myers

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