This truck stop, about 30 miles north of the Tampa area, almost always has parking despite the proximity to a large business area, which is that Tampa area, and then Orlando. It’s typical Flying J parking, which can be tight and demanding, but for those willing to take the time to seek it out, it can be found. Some of the spaces are difficult because they’d require blind backing and therefore a spotter, so some drivers will take up space around the location’s periphery. This is a hassle because they’re consuming turning space, and there’s always a big, pretty Peterbilt with some chrome corners right at the edge of the row.
There are ample showers, and they’re fine as far as the industry goes. Your humble author has never waited more than twenty minutes for a shower at this location. Plus, while you’re there washing you, you can also wash your clothes as they have a laundry facility.
The restaurant of choice at this truck stop is Denny’s, which is a decent choice, particularly for breakfast. For those on the go, however, the choices are all processed, fatty and too sweet. There are few if any real healthy yet satisfying choices for drivers on a budget. The food available near the register and behind the window is all deep-fried and heavy. But they offer decent slices of pizza, two for five bucks.
A good thing about this truck stop is the proximity to the Tampa region when coming from the north, down I-75. It allows one some confidence in parking at a late hour when delivering in that region the next day.
When this review was done, the scales were down and being repaired, which informs you they have scales when repairs are completed.
Comparing this truck stop to numerous others that recognize that a good cup of coffee is important, this truck stop lags and has failed to acknowledge the issue. It isn’t that coffee isn’t available because it is. However, numerous other chains have raised the bar when it comes to achieving a good cup of coffee, and this one doesn’t make the grade. Almost every time I’m by this truck stop, the creamers are out except for that vulgar, awful tasting powdered creamer. I am quite fond of good coffee, particularly in the morning but not necessarily, and I’ve passed on what this location has available because of this problem. If I can’t have my coffee the way I prefer it, I just won’t have it. I’ll turn to something else, such as tea or hot chocolate, and I honestly don’t know if there’s tea readily available.
But other than the shortcoming on the coffee at the coffee dispensing location, this truck stop is fine and very convenient when coming through the area. It is located in San Antonio, FL, off of exit 285. But there is a word of warning to consider: If a driver is leaving this truck stop and heading north on I-75, be advised that the onramp getting northbound is narrow, steep, and in poor condition. Further, if your load is heavy, the ability to pick up speed is a challenge, but you need to because the merge lane into traffic is far too short and potentially dangerous. This is not Flying J’s fault, but something the driver visiting this location must endure.
For those who like to just go in and sit down to get out of the truck, there is a large TV area and some booths appearing set aside for those wanting to get on their personal laptop computers. This is a nice feature and I would like to see it at other locations. But it should be pointed out that one must pay for WiFi access, which is rather ridiculous in this day and age. Flying J asks quite a hefty price for accessing their WiFi, and because it is free in so many places just about anywhere, one feels like a sucker when paying for it without a vital reason. One should be able to at least receive an access code if one’s purchased so much fuel or other merchandise.
Overall, I would give this location a positive rating and worth keeping in mind when passing through the area. Besides, there isn’t really much of anything else for miles in any direction, so that makes it that much nicer and convenient.
It would be appreciated if any drivers reading this would leave their comments or information on something this article missed.