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Jacksonville
Travel Guide

Friendship Park which includes night scenes, a city and a fountain

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.

Where to stay in Jacksonville

Omni Jacksonville Hotel
Omni Jacksonville Hotel
4 out of 5
245 Water St, Jacksonville, FL
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £102 per night from 6 Jun to 6 Jun
Located in Downtown Jacksonville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts and Florida Theatre.
4.2/5Very Good! (1,442 reviews)
"I have no complaints."

Reviewed on 12 May 2021

Omni Jacksonville Hotel
The Villas of Amelia Island
The Villas of Amelia Island
4 out of 5
8 Amelia Village Circle, Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, FL
The price is £280 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Offering direct access to the beach, this Fernandina Beach resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Amelia Island State Park and George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State ...
4.1/5Very Good! (978 reviews)
"The property offers so many different options. The trails are shady, you forget you are at the beach."

Reviewed on 7 May 2021

The Villas of Amelia Island
Best Western Premier Jacksonville Hotel
Best Western Premier Jacksonville Hotel
3 out of 5
4700 Salisbury Rd, Jacksonville, FL
The price is £61 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Baymeadows, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Dog Wood Park of Jacksonville and Saint Vincent's Medical Center Southside. St. Johns Town Center ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,105 reviews)
"It’s closeness to the Mayo Clinic"

Reviewed on 12 May 2021

Best Western Premier Jacksonville Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Spacious Master Suite With Private Entrance
Spacious Master Suite With Private Entrance
543 Belmont Ct W, Orange Park, FL
Situated on the riverfront, this holiday home is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Orange Park Medical Center and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Orange Park Mall. Jacksonville Naval ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great Stay
"Had no issues checking in, everything was as advertised if not better. Will definitely consider staying here again next time I'm visiting family."

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2021

Spacious Master Suite With Private Entrance
#2 Perfect Sun-filled Beach Townhouse, Only 25 Steps to the Beach! PET Friendly
#2 Perfect Sun-filled Beach Townhouse, Only 25 Steps to the Beach! PET Friendly
348 N Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL
Situated near the beach, this romantic holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Fernandina Beach Main Beach Park and Fort Clinch State Park. Amelia Island ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (52 reviews)
Great Place, Super Locatiin
"You’d really have to go out of your way to find something wrong with this place. It is a perfect little beach retreat. Clean, cute, and comfortable; especially the beds. The location can’t be beat. The beach is right across the street. I walked barefoot the entire time. And a right turn on the main ..."

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2021

#2 Perfect Sun-filled Beach Townhouse, Only 25 Steps to the Beach! PET Friendly
Quaint One Bedroom/ one Bath Oceanfront Condo on Amelia Island Plantation!!!!
Quaint One Bedroom/ one Bath Oceanfront Condo on Amelia Island Plantation!!!!
288 Beachwood Road, Fernandina Beach, FL
Situated near the beach, this condo is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from American Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Palmetto Walk Shopping Village and Plantation Artists' ...
3/5 (1 review)
A nice Stay
"Overall this is a nice place, the unit is a bit dated but was certainly suitable for our needs. We didn't spend a ton of time in the unit since the weather cooperated and we were out and about. A little disappointed that the cable package only had a handful of channels but we didn't go there to watch ..."

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2020

Quaint One Bedroom/ one Bath Oceanfront Condo on Amelia Island Plantation!!!!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Jacksonville

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Dec 2019

Downtown lacked any general conveniences and limited dining. Some good bars and street art though. Stadium conveniently located. Skyway limited in destinations but convenient for a quick hop across the river. Southside pleasant.

4/5 - Good

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31 Aug 2019

Location area of hotel bit isolated, number of closed businesses & construction work. Found without a car it was hard to get places but Went to beach for a day on bus - easy to do & beach amazing

3/5 - Okay

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5 Jun 2019

The locals are nice, but quiet. The city is dangerous if you don’t know where you’re going, but it is nice around a few areas.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Apr 2019

Jacksonville near the beaches is a very nice, affluent area with some amazing properties for locals. Not necessarily a tourist venue unless you are a keen golfer. Beaches are great but not much to do. Picnic and a book to lose yourself on then great.

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