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JacksonvilleUnited States of America

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

Downtown Jacksonville featuring skyline, a city and a river or creek

Downtown Jacksonville

2.5/5(4 area reviews)

Downtown Jacksonville is known for its stunning river views, and with sights like TIAA Bank Field and VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Jacksonville.

Downtown Jacksonville
Southside, Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America

Southside

If you're spending some time in Southside, St. Johns Town Center and The Avenues are top sights worth seeing.

Southside
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens featuring art and interior views as well as a couple

Riverside

Riverside is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and River City Playhouse.

Riverside
West Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America

West Jacksonville

Visitors to West Jacksonville enjoy its restaurants, and if you want to do some exploring, Crystal Springs Park is worth a stop.

West Jacksonville
Kingsley Plantation which includes camping as well as a couple

Northside

3/5(3 area reviews)

While visiting Northside, you might make a stop by sights like Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Jacksonville Cruise Terminal.

Northside
North Beach, Florida, United States of America

North Beach

While visiting North Beach, you might make a stop by sights like Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park and Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve.

North Beach

Top hotels in Jacksonville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
One Ocean Resort & Spa
One Ocean Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
1 Ocean Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL
The price is £127 per night

Located in Atlantic Beach, this beachfront hotel is connected to a shopping centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Beaches Town Center and Dutton Island Preserve. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,975 reviews)

"I love the location of this hotel. It’s so close to all the best restaurants and shops on the beach. I’ve stayed several times and have never had a bad experience!"…"

Reviewed on 26 May 2020

One Ocean Resort & Spa
Omni Amelia Island Resort
Omni Amelia Island Resort
4 out of 5
39 Beach Lagoon Road, Fernandina Beach, FL
The price is £227 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Fernandina Beach resort is 8.5 mi (13.7 km) from Fernandina Beach Historic District.

4.3/5Excellent! (1,271 reviews)

"Overall property was clean. However, our room wasn’t cleaned very well. We had a pullout sofa bed that was full of food crumbs and dirty socks under the sofa as well. The screen doors were improperly placed on the balcony and fell during a storm. Pool was well kept. Nice for family."…"

Reviewed on 27 May 2020

Omni Amelia Island Resort
Hampton Inn Jacksonville Beach/Oceanfront
Hampton Inn Jacksonville Beach/Oceanfront
3 out of 5
1515 1st St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £155 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Jacksonville Beach hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from J. Johnson Gallery and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Adventure Landing. Jacksonville Beach ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,918 reviews)

"Hotel was clean and as described. Due to Corona, they couldn't give a full breakfast buffet but they did put stuff out to grab and go. They also had select options of some hot stuff too. I would recommend staying here!"…"

Reviewed on 27 May 2020

Hampton Inn Jacksonville Beach/Oceanfront

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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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Amelia Island showing a festival as well as a large group of people

Fernandina Beach

Jacksonville Beach showing a beach as well as a large group of people

Jacksonville Beach

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