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Jacksonville

From world-class golf greens to beaches ideal for swimming, wildlife-filled waterways to precious art collections, this sun-soaked city has lots to offer.

Though long overshadowed by its more well-known neighbors, under-the-radar Jacksonville, or “Jax” as the locals calls it, is fast becoming known for its exciting array of tourist-friendly activities. Laze on spacious beaches, spot wildlife in its waterways, admire striking 20th-century architecture and explore fascinating museums that reveal little-known facts about local history.

The first outsiders to settle in this part of Florida were the French Huguenots, who established a village here in 1564. The French settlement was later destroyed by the Spanish. Visit Fort Caroline National Memorial to see a reconstruction of the original French fort.

For most visitors, Jacksonville’s biggest appeal is its sandy coastline, which stretches for 22 miles (35 kilometers). To the north is the casual, surfer hot spot Atlantic Beach. Bordering it to the south is family-friendly Neptune Beach. Head even further south to Jacksonville Beach for lively bars, restaurants and nightlife, or go further south again to the dune-bordered Ponte Vedra Beach for up-scale beachside resorts and golf clubs including the famous TPC Sawgrass.

The city is crisscrossed by waterways, with more than 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers) of navigable routes to explore. Rent a kayak and paddle through Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve or take a water taxi across St. Johns River, between Downtown and the neighborhood of San Marco. Admire the Henry John Klutho-designed Bisbee Building, a 10-story high rise dating back to 1909 in Downtown, then stroll around the boutique, gallery and restaurant-filled historical district of San Marco.

For a culture fix, tour the galleries of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, which features both indoor galleries stocked with paintings, decorative art and antiques, as well as gardens planted in English and Italian styles. The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville spotlights contemporary works, including installations, photographs and film.

To reach Jacksonville, fly into Jacksonville International Airport, located around 20 minutes from the city’s downtown area. Buses, trolleys and a river-spanning monorail can be used to get around. As the city is large and sprawling, renting a car is advisable.


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Red Lion Jacksonville

Red Lion Jacksonville

4700 Salisbury Rd, Jacksonville
3.9
of 5, from 658 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This hotel in the Southpoint Corporate Park is just off I-95 and Butler Blvd, 6 miles from downtown and 10 miles from ocean beaches.

The Villas Of Amelia Island Plantation Florida

The Villas Of Amelia Island Plantation Florida

6800 First Coast Hwy,39, AMELIA ISLAND
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Amelia Island, this spa resort is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Plantation Artists' Guild & Gallery and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Palmetto Walk Shopping Village. Big Talbot Island State Park and Fernandina Beach Golf Club are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£30
Motel 6 Jacksonville FL Airport Area - South

Motel 6 Jacksonville FL Airport Area - South

812 Dunn Ave, Jacksonville
2.5
of 5, from 269 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in North Jacksonville, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Anheuser-Busch Brewery and within 6 mi (10 km) of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Pier 68 Marina. Oceanway Community Center and River City Market Place are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£45
Travelodge Inn and Suites Jacksonville Airport

Travelodge Inn and Suites Jacksonville Airport

1153 Airport Rd, Jacksonville
3.1
of 5, from 312 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in North Jacksonville, this motel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from River City Market Place and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Oceanway Community Center. Pecan Park Flea and Farmers' Market and Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£44
Red Roof Inn Jacksonville Airport

Red Roof Inn Jacksonville Airport

1063 Airport Road, Jacksonville
2.8
of 5, from 215 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in North Jacksonville, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from River City Market Place and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Oceanway Community Center. Pecan Park Flea and Farmers' Market and Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£48
Jacksonville Plaza Hotel & Suites

Jacksonville Plaza Hotel & Suites

14585 Duval Rd, Jacksonville
3.6
of 5, from 686 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in North Jacksonville, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from River City Market Place and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Oceanway Community Center. Pecan Park Flea and Farmers' Market and Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£43
Days Inn Jacksonville Baymeadows

Days Inn Jacksonville Baymeadows

8255 Dix Ellis Trl, Jacksonville
2.7
of 5, from 208 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Jacksonville, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Saint Vincent's Medical Center Southside, The Avenues, and St. Johns Town Center. University of North Florida and Museum of Science and History are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£93
Omni Jacksonville Hotel

Omni Jacksonville Hotel

245 Water St, Jacksonville
4.3
of 5, from 466 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

The Omni Jacksonville Hotel is downtown, in the cultural and business districts. The hotel is opposite the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, one block from river-front Jacksonville Landing shops, and four blocks from the convention center.

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