Family of 4 with two children (9 & 10) driving down to Port Canaveral for a Disney cruise in August. We've done the drive a few times to Orlando and have taken various routes. Once stopping in Northern Fl for the night and making our way directly to Orlando. The other time, we stopped in Hilton Head for 2 nights before heading to ORL. We are considering taking the Hilton Head way again, but are looking for a different place to stop. We would like to go to the beach, which we loved in HH and eat some good southern food. Someone at work told me to stay clear of Savannah due to it's crime (not sure how true that is or not), but we are looking for a place between Savannah and possibly the Florida border.
We'll probably leave Chicago around 4am and would like to arrive at our destination no later than 10-11pm, if that's possible. I've heard good things about Jekyll / St. Simons Islands, but have, honestly, not done any research on either.
All recommendations are appreciated!!!!