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collectoraholic
02-16-2012, 08:55 PM
Since we booked our Spring Break cruise relatively last minute, the initial plan was to drive to FL. However, I found ok pricing on flights for us, but we're flying into Jacksonville instead of MCO or even Tampa. I'm just wondering about the drive from JAX to Port Canaveral. Google Maps says it's about 2 hours 50 minutes to get from point A to point B. Is this correct? Any and all info would be greatly appreciated!:cutie:

Thanks in advance! :thumbsup2

jlwhitney
02-16-2012, 09:10 PM
Since we booked our Spring Break cruise relatively last minute, the initial plan was to drive to FL. However, I found ok pricing on flights for us, but we're flying into Jacksonville instead of MCO or even Tampa. I'm just wondering about the drive from JAX to Port Canaveral. Google Maps says it's about 2 hours 50 minutes to get from point A to point B. Is this correct? Any and all info would be greatly appreciated!:cutie:

Thanks in advance! :thumbsup2

Well I have not flown into Jacksonville to go on a cruise since I live here....lol.

About 3 hours sounds about right. It is a super easy drive, all you will have to do is hop on 95 and go south for a long time and then follow the directions to the port...they are on disneys site. If you want a good place to stop for gas, wal mart, food that breaks the trip up you will go right through daytona beach.

Other than being a 3 hour drive its easy and the JAX airport is so small and not busy that it is so easy to get in and out of. you can almost see end to end of the terminals...there is a slight bend which is why you can't.

Warning...for on your return there is not much food after security the majority of it is before.

collectoraholic
02-16-2012, 09:45 PM
Well I have not flown into Jacksonville to go on a cruise since I live here....lol.

About 3 hours sounds about right. It is a super easy drive, all you will have to do is hop on 95 and go south for a long time and then follow the directions to the port...they are on disneys site. If you want a good place to stop for gas, wal mart, food that breaks the trip up you will go right through daytona beach.

Other than being a 3 hour drive its easy and the JAX airport is so small and not busy that it is so easy to get in and out of. you can almost see end to end of the terminals...there is a slight bend which is why you can't.

Warning...for on your return there is not much food after security the majority of it is before.

Thanks so much! Sounds like it will be no problem. I really appreciate all the info. :thumbsup2

jlwhitney
02-16-2012, 09:48 PM
Thanks so much! Sounds like it will be no problem. I really appreciate all the info. :thumbsup2

Let me know if you have any questions.

mesaboy2
02-16-2012, 09:52 PM
As another J'villian, I completely agree with jlwhitney.

jrm11697
02-16-2012, 10:10 PM
For our Fantasy cruise in May, we are thinking about driving from SC to Jacksonville and stay in hotel. Then drive to PC the next morning. Google says to just get on I-95 until you get to PC. 3 hours. Doesnt sound bad at all.

What are some good hotels in J'ville?

kcashner
02-17-2012, 12:34 AM
In 2009 we saved hundreds by flying into JAX. As above, easy car rental, easy 3 hour drive. Do sign up for the loyalty program of whatever car company you choose--saves time.

Alexander
02-17-2012, 07:16 AM
We've flown into and out of JAX quite a few times. It is often cheaper than flying into MCO for us. The only caveat is the drive once you land. It isn't a hard drive, just a little long.

It is a small airport, and there is not much to eat there at all. We landed once a little after 10PM and everything was closed so we ended up eating Snickers bars from a vending machine for dinner!

MommaluvsDis
02-17-2012, 07:40 AM
Sounds like a good dinner to me!:thumbsup2.

Never flown into JAX but have driven to and from the port using I-95. Very easy and painless route. Would not hesitate to fly in there.

nzdisneymom
02-17-2012, 07:49 AM
JAX is a great airport and super easy to get to Port Canaveral from here - absolutely agree that 3 hours is plenty of time to get to the port from JAX. Are you planning to fly in the morning of the cruise or the day before?

It's literally a straight shot down I-95 and when you get off at the exit, it's about 15 minutes due east to the port. There's nothing between getting off I-95 and arriving at the port, so if you need a restroom stop or gas or whatever, you have to overshoot the port about a mile. But as others have said, Daytona is a good stop between JAX and PC.

mesaboy2
02-17-2012, 08:01 AM
In case anyone is wondering, there are no tolls between Jax and PC.

rab1022
02-17-2012, 08:32 AM
For our Fantasy cruise in May, we are thinking about driving from SC to Jacksonville and stay in hotel. Then drive to PC the next morning. Google says to just get on I-95 until you get to PC. 3 hours. Doesnt sound bad at all.

What are some good hotels in J'ville?

This is exactly what we did last year from Myrtle Beach and we'll be doing it this year too. I forget which hotel we stayed in, but if you're looking for something to do in the afternoon, the Jacksonville Zoo is great. There is a playground and a splash pool in the middle for kids and its easy to get around.

I think we left MB around 6-7 and got to Jacksonville by 2, went to the zoo, found some dinner, and hit the hotel. The drive the next morning was easy. Left the hotel by 7 and were inside the terminal by 10:30.

ducky_love
02-17-2012, 09:49 AM
For our Fantasy cruise in May, we are thinking about driving from SC to Jacksonville and stay in hotel. Then drive to PC the next morning. Google says to just get on I-95 until you get to PC. 3 hours. Doesnt sound bad at all.

What are some good hotels in J'ville?

Have you thought about Amelia Island? It is the first exit when you enter FL so the drive in the morning would be about an hour longer but it is a really pretty area. There are some clean hotels right off the interstate so you could explore a little but be right back on 95 in the morning.

I have never done the drive from JAX to the cruise port but I have done the drive to WDW literally hundreds of times. Very easy drive! :thumbsup2

collectoraholic
02-17-2012, 04:43 PM
Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks! If I think of anything else, I'll definitely hit ya up! :)

As another J'villian, I completely agree with jlwhitney.

Good to know. Thanks Mesaboy2!

In 2009 we saved hundreds by flying into JAX. As above, easy car rental, easy 3 hour drive. Do sign up for the loyalty program of whatever car company you choose--saves time.

We're definitely going to keep JAX in mind when flying to FL for cruises in the future. We usually do either MCO or TPA, but being so last minute, the prices were wicked crazy! & DH travels all the time, so we've got the rental car loyalty program covered. :thumbsup2

JAX is a great airport and super easy to get to Port Canaveral from here - absolutely agree that 3 hours is plenty of time to get to the port from JAX. Are you planning to fly in the morning of the cruise or the day before?

It's literally a straight shot down I-95 and when you get off at the exit, it's about 15 minutes due east to the port. There's nothing between getting off I-95 and arriving at the port, so if you need a restroom stop or gas or whatever, you have to overshoot the port about a mile. But as others have said, Daytona is a good stop between JAX and PC.

We're flying in the night before and staying @ the Hyatt Place Jacksonville Airport. I think my DH has Hyatt points or something & the on-line reviews for this particular Hyatt were :thumbsup2

We'll have to return our car to Avis, which is past the port, so we'll make our gas and on-board booze stop down that way. :thumbsup2 But maybe we'll stop in Daytona Beach for a quick stretch of the legs & an AM snack and maybe a DB souvenir. :cutie:

In case anyone is wondering, there are no tolls between Jax and PC.

Ooooh! Thanks for the 411! That's definitely good to know. :thumbsup2

Hedd4DW
02-17-2012, 06:34 PM
Yes, JAX is easy to fly into and drive to the port. We did this in October 2010. Stayed at Springhill Suites because we had 5-6 people per room. We had time to kill on the way back and stopped in St. Augustine and toured the Lighthouse and the Castillo de San Marco and there is an awesome playground not far from there.

carolinagirl268
02-17-2012, 09:33 PM
For our Fantasy cruise in May, we are thinking about driving from SC to Jacksonville and stay in hotel. Then drive to PC the next morning. Google says to just get on I-95 until you get to PC. 3 hours. Doesnt sound bad at all.

What are some good hotels in J'ville?

We live in upstate SC and drove to PC for our recent cruise. I got a hotel through Priceline in Jacksonville and it worked out great. We ended up staying at a Quality Suites just off the I95 Baymeadows exit. I only paid about $40 including taxes and fees. There are lots of hotels at the exits south of downtown.

BeeTeacher
02-18-2012, 01:09 AM
It is a real easy drive down 95 (altho visually BORING!). There are places to get supplies between 95 and PC--At the exit onto State road 3, in Meritt Island (Courtenay Parkway). It looks sparse, but just about 1/2 mile south there is a Target and loads of other stores, including a Publix. Less out of the way than the Cape Canaveral Publix.

If you have an extra day on your way home I highly reccomend seeing some if the sights that St. Augustine has to offer. The Fort, Flagler College, the Fountain of Youth, the lighthouse, really neat stuff.

jrm11697
02-18-2012, 09:58 AM
We live in upstate SC and drove to PC for our recent cruise. I got a hotel through Priceline in Jacksonville and it worked out great. We ended up staying at a Quality Suites just off the I95 Baymeadows exit. I only paid about $40 including taxes and fees. There are lots of hotels at the exits south of downtown.

We live in Florence which is right off I-95. We plan to leave Florence and go to JAX for the night. Probably a rest room stop somewhere in Georgia. On road trips our 2 favorite restaurants are Chilis and Cracker Barrel. So depending on time, we will stop to eat.

There is an Embassy Suites that looks nice in Jacksonville. We will stay there (free breakfast!) and then head to PC. Then its just 3 hours away!!

MomsOf2boys
02-18-2012, 09:14 PM
We are former Jax people and still have family there. We drive from Charlotte, NC to Jax and stay at the Hospitality Inn which is privately ran and the owners stay onsite. Continental breakfast, pool etc. $49 a night right off the freeway. Most rooms have refrigerators and microwaves. From there we are just 2.5 hours from the port as you are almost out of Jax by that time. Gas stations and fast food a plenty. Try the Sheik as it is pretty yummy! Steak in a pocket is like a philly in a pita sandwich and the best limeaide! http://hospitalityinns.com/

princesscinderella
02-18-2012, 09:20 PM
If you don't mind the three hour drive might as well price flights out of palm beach (2:15 minute drive) or fort lauderdale (3:15 minute drive), maybe they will be cheaper. We live a few minutes from fort lauderdale airport and it is always the cheapest.

PrincessMer
02-18-2012, 10:08 PM
Try the Sheik as it is pretty yummy! Steak in a pocket is like a philly in a pita sandwich and the best limeaide! http://hospitalityinns.com/

The Sheik is very yummy!!!

Alexander
02-19-2012, 12:33 PM
If you don't mind the three hour drive might as well price flights out of palm beach (2:15 minute drive) or fort lauderdale (3:15 minute drive), maybe they will be cheaper. We live a few minutes from fort lauderdale airport and it is always the cheapest.

From NY flights to MCO are always cheaper than PBI or FLL--believe me I've looked! We have a home in Vero Beach and our favorite airport is MLB, but since they have so few flights it is often hard to get a good price. We have gotten a few good prices into PBI.

I think for us, the fact that we can get direct flights to MCO keeps the price a bit lower. FLL, PBI, and even JAX require a plane change. For a while we had direct flights available to FLL but they went away as quickly as they started and we never had the chance to take one.

For some reason we can get last-minute (a month or less) cheapest into JAX even with the connection.

OP--you should look for flights into PBI or FLL as the PP mentioned. They too are super easy drives straight up 95.

marshmellow86
02-19-2012, 02:51 PM
I live in Northeast Jacksonville (near airport). It is about a 180 miles to the port and can get there in 3 hours. It is easy (but boring) drive down I-95 to the port.
Our friends from VA drove down this summer, spent the night at our house and we drove the port the next day. No issues.

WDW Princess 71
02-19-2012, 03:32 PM
We drive down from NJ to Disney for the past 3 years. Once we drove straight through, never again. Next we stopped and stayed over in Jacksonville and stayed at the Sheraton which was about 5 min drive from St. John's Town Center which is an awesome area with lots of shops and well-known restaurants like Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano's, etc. Last year we stayed at Homewood Suites by Hilton which is actually IN St. John's Town Center so that was perfect- we could park and then walk to dinner, stroll the shops, and really relax for the night without any more driving. We are staying there again this year before driving to the port in the AM. Its a little over $100/night with taxes but that gets you a "suite" with a separate bedroom area, a living area with pull out sofa, and kitchen. Plus, as I said it has much nicer restaurants than the typical rest stop chains near cheaper hotels. If you are looking for a step up, I highly recommend the St. John's area and this hotel in particular.