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Best Time to get to island

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Best Time to get to island

We are staying in Tampa friday driving to rental home Saturday. Is there a time of day better to leave to get to island. Morning? Wondering about bridge traffic.

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1. Re: Best Time to get to island

Skyway bridge or the bridge along rt 64?

I would go when you want to go, traffic be darned.

but i would suggest getting there early and seeing if your accommodation is ready, having lunch then stocking up on groceries. In fact, publix on sat pm will see your largest crowds lol.

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We're facing the same dilemma...we visit AMI twice yearly, but never in April and I'm dreading traffic. I don't know if it's the right plan...but here's ours -- we're stopping in Tampa at Whole Foods for groceries and maybe lunch about 1 p.m....and then, by 3 p.m., we'll be in island traffic. I'm hoping most people planning a day at the beach will have arrived by then...so traffic onto the island will be lighter, but who knows. FYI: The Publix on the island is great (and aims a lot of its products at travelers (like tiny spices, etc)...but we're not going there this time because it's going to be packed (it's not a huge store)..also, because we're vegan, we need a Whole Foods stop anyway, so this just makes sense to us. There is a Publix in Bradenton on the way to the island that might make grocery shopping easier, especially if you can bring coolers or cooler bags.

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3. Re: Best Time to get to island

Thanks! Enjoying the pool at the Hyatt right now. Very nice hotel right by airport.

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4. Re: Best Time to get to island

Amagar, just an fyi ... a Trader Joes opened last week in Tampa at the corner of Dale Mabry and Swann.

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Thanks for that info about Trader Joe's, AhHah...I have a follow up question since you are familiar with area...we went to the Whole Foods near there in November (the one across from Total Wines) on a Saturday and it was crushed with people (all places will be on Saturday, I guess). Considering the larger Whole Foods to the north in Tampa this time...do you think we'll have more room to move in that one? I've read it is bigger.

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6. Re: Best Time to get to island

The worst traffic to the island is between about 10 AM and 1 PM. The closer we get to Easter, and with a sunny day, expect to spend an hour or more getting on the island from the mainland.

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