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Day 7: Savannah GA to Daytona Beach FL

Day 7: Savannah GA to Daytona Beach FL

Postcard from Daytona Beach, Florida.

A few miles after leaving South Carolina it couldn’t be clearer I was in a different State: trees got shorter, palm trees more frequent, roads larger, drivers more aggressive, people louder.

A pretty forgettable drive till Jacksonville lasted longer than expected thanks to an avoidable misunderstanding between me and the mighty GPS. Once on the Scenic A1A everything got better: 114 straight miles along the Atlantic coast with an alternation of beautiful ocean views and stunning beach houses till Daytona Beach.

If Savannah was charming and elegant, Daytona Beach was quite the opposite: replace the beautiful houses with an uninterrupted line of motels, the gorgeous trees with lights and loud bars, the cobblestone paved streets with a single busy highway. The ocean and the beaches try to make up for the lack of personality but really, it’s a losing game.

Or maybe it’s just me being too old, grumpy and harsh.




Driving from Savannah to Daytona Beach Cheat Sheet

Accommodation in Daytona Beach:

  • Tropical Winds Oceanfront Hotel, 1398 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118. The motel itself is nothing special, just one of the hundreds of hotels in Daytona, but the views and the pool right over the ocean make staying here worth every penny.

Where to eat and what to see between Savannah GA and Daytona Beach FL

  • Joe’s Crab Shack1200 Main St Bridge, Daytona Beach, FL 32118 If you are after a couple of cold beers and a massive fried seafood platter this is the place.


Driving from Savannah to Daytona Beach FAQ

How many miles are from Savannah to Daytona Beach?

From Savannah to Daytona Beach there are 235 miles. I had a couple of issue with the GPS, took a wrong turn end ended up driving for 300 miles instead.

How long does it take to drive from Savannah to Daytona Beach?

Driving from Savannah to Daytona Beach takes more or less 3 and half hours. It took me 7h cause of my itinerary and a few stops along the way.

What’s the best thing about driving from Savannah to Daytona Beach?

the best thing about driving from Savannah to Daytona Beach is the scenic A1A for sure. 114 straight miles along the Atlantic coast with beautiful ocean views all the way till Daytona Beach.

What are the major attractions along the way in a road trip from Savannah to Daytona Beach?

Driving along the coast you have beautiful ocean views and tiny beaches.

What type of car is best to drive from Savannah to Daytona Beach?

A convertible. If the weather is good, and unless you are here during hurricane season, the weather is normally good, driving along the ocean with the rooftop down is legendary. Unfortunately I didn’t have this luxury…

Can you drive an electric car from Savannah to Daytona Beach?

Yes you can. You just need a little bit of additional planning to find an EV charger. Before leaving for Daytona Beach, make sure your EV is enough charged. There are 49 public EV charging stations ports in Savannah.
Here some EV charging station available in Savannah:
– Tesla Supercharger, 400 Airways Ave, Savannah, GA 31408
– Johnson Square EV Charging Station, 15 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401
– ChargePoint Charging Station, 7000 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31406. Phone: (888) 758-4389



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