- For other places with the same name, see Jacksonville (disambiguation).
Jacksonville occupies one of the most coveted spots on the Atlantic coast. The city is in the Northeast Florida region, about 25 miles (40 km) south of the Georgia state line and about 340 miles (547 km) north of Miami. Set amongst abundant beaches and possessing an ideal subtropical climate, its crown jewel is the unique habitat and natural beauty of the St. Johns River. For this reason and more, “The River City” is a popular destination for vacationers looking for a laid-back Sunshine State escape.
Jacksonville is the largest city, by land area, in Florida in and the contiguous United States. It is the county seat of Duval County, with which the city government consolidated in 1968. That merger gave Jacksonville its great size and placed most of its larger metropolitan population within the city limits; with a population of 880,619, it is the most populous city in Florida, and the eleventh most populous in the United States. The surrounding Greater Jacksonville Metropolitan Area had a population of 1,345,596 in 2010.
Simply put, Jacksonville is an authentic Floridian city. Its economy is diversified and not wholly based on tourism. Harbor improvements since the late 19th century have made Jacksonville a major military and civilian deep-water port. Its riverfront location facilitates two U.S. Navy bases and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida’s third largest seaport. Significant industries in the local economy include services such as banking, insurance, healthcare, and logistics. Despite this, Jacksonville is still a city in Florida, and tourism is important to the area, particularly in regards to its historical, cultural, and environmental assets.
Once holding the distinctions of “Insurance Capital of the South” and “Winter Film Capital of the World”, and home to a formidable financial industry, this underrated cosmopolitan city is a composite of northern aesthetics and southern charm. A combination of rich architectural diversity, influential African-American ancestry, and substantial musical contributions have gifted Jacksonville an international appeal for its relatively small piece of the world. The city was listed as a “High sufficiency” world city in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory, ranking alongside Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.
The area was first inhabited by the Timucua people, and in 1564 was the site of the French colony of Fort Caroline, one of the earliest European settlements in what is now the continental United States. Under British rule, settlement grew at the narrow point in the river where cattle crossed, known as Wacca Pilatka to the Seminole Native Americans and Cowford to the British. A platted town was established there in 1822, a year after the United States acquired the colony of Florida from Spain; it was named after Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of the Florida Territory and seventh President of the United States.
- 1 Jacksonville International Airport (JAX IATA). The primary commercial airport in Northeast Florida, with scheduled service offered by American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United. The airport has one terminal building with two concourses. There are two areas for ground transportation, at the center front for taxis and area hotel shuttles, and at the north end for arranged ground transportation, including limousines, rental cars, intercity buses/shuttles, and local JTA city buses. Generally arriving one hour before a flight’s scheduled departure is plenty of time, but during major holidays, such as Thanksgiving, allow one and a half to two hours.
To travel between the city and JAX:
- Local bus – Costing just a dolar, public transit from JAX to Downtown Jacksonville is provided by JTA Route CT-3, every hour, picking up at Pre-Arranged Ground Transportation (north end of the terminal outside Baggage Carousel 1, lower level). Approximately one hour to the city center.
- Gator City Taxi – Local taxi service, no reservation needed for arriving passengers. (904) 999-9999.
- Super Shuttle – Offers shared ride, non-stop, and black car service to and from the airport.
- ExecuCar – Private black car service to and from the airport, as well as around the city.
- Lyft and Uber are both authorized to pick up and drop off at JAX.
Northeast Florida Regional Airport UST IATA, formerly St. Augustine Airport, is four miles north of St. Augustine, and about 30 miles south of Jacksonville. The airport offers service to Trenton, New Jersey through Frontier Airlines. No regular auto service is available to Jacksonville.
Jacksonville has three general aviation airports: Cecil Field, Herlong, and Craig airports, all of which are administered by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority [dead link].
Jacksonville is served by Amtrak via its daily Silver Meteor and Silver Star trains, providing connections from other destinations in Florida such as Orlando and Miami, but also from cities as far north as New York. 2 Jacksonville Station is located at 3570 Clifford Lane, approximately 5 miles northwest of downtown.
- Greyhound, 1111 W Forsyth St Jacksonville, FL 32204. 24 hours. Greyhound offers service west to Tallahassee and New Orleans, south to Orlando and Miami, and north to Charleston and New York, as well as to regional destinations such as St. Augustine and Lake City.
- Megabus, 1100 West Forsyth St. To and from trips for the cities of Atlanta, Daytona Beach and Orlando. Once daily for Daytona and 3 times daily for Atlanta and for Orlando. Bus fares vary with day of the week. The bus stop is located at the Jacksonville Skyway Convention Center Station. The stop will be at the last loading bay which is closest to Johnson St.
- 3 JAXPORT Cruise Terminal, 9810 August Dr, ☏ . Jacksonville departures offers travelers a taste of a different kind of Florida city, before setting sail to more traditional destinations like Key West and the Bahamas. Low airfare and economical accommodations have made cruises from Jacksonville a popular choice. The Port of Jacksonville operates several facilities along the St. Johns River. It is the second largest point of entry for vehicles into the United States along with housing an active cruise terminal.
Jacksonville is sprawling with most of the city’s more popular destinations not within walking distance of each other, with the exception of the city center. There, monorail service is free and connects the north and south banks of the river, offering travelers a great view of the city and an easy route to their destination. Most travelers to Jacksonville will want to venture out, see the beaches, shop and dine in its commercial districts, or visit historical sites and parks. This would be impossible or greatly hindered without a car. Unless you are planning on remaining at the beaches or the downtown area it can be time consuming to travel by bus, and too expensive by taxi.
By public transit
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) operates the Skyway monorail system in the heart of Jacksonville, and a fairly extensive regional bus network. Rosa Parks Transit Station is the main transfer hub between systems. Nearly all bus lines, and both lines of the Skyway stop at Rosa Parks.
The Skyway is a free automated people-mover system in downtown Jacksonville. Eight stations are located throughout the Northbank, Southbank, and LaVilla districts. The system is open to commuters M-F 6AM to 9PM. Extended hours vary with special events, check JTA’s website if you are planning on traveling in downtown during the weekend.
Bus frequency is between 30 minutes and an hour. Buses are reasonably comfortable, but JTA buses struggle with on-time performance. Buses do not run past midnight, and many bus routes stop running at around 8 or 9PM. All buses are linked via GPS to a central control system and stops are well-marked throughout the entire city.
Taxi services are available, but expensive due to the sprawl of the city. Jacksonville is not New York City. Taxis are not readily available in every part of town, though they can be found at some downtown tourist destinations and central hotels. Service is also readily available at the airport.
Given the huge area Jacksonville covers (largest city in the continental U.S.A.), cars are the only practical way of getting around. Lyft and Uber are well established in the city and by far the most practical and affordable mode of transportation if you don’t have your own car. You must have a smartphone and their apps.
Car rentals are also a convenient form of transportation for visitors, with local companies offering better prices but national chains offering more convenience vis-a-vis return policies and times.
Car Rental Companies include:
Biking has become a popular means of getting around in some of Jacksonville’s central neighborhoods and districts, such as Riverside, Avondale, Murray Hill, San Marco, and downtown. Starting in Riverside, you can walk or bike down the Riverwalk to the Main St. Bridge, in downtown. Ride or walk over the bridge to access San Marco and its many shops and restaurants. Biking is a great way to enjoy the urban core’s varied and beautiful architecture which is so easy to miss by car.
- 1 City Hall (St. James Building), 117 West Duval St. One of the most beautiful city halls in America and open to the public. The building was designed in Prairie School style by noted local architect Henry John Klutho. It was constructed as a department store in 1912, purchased by the city in 1993, and became the new city hall in 1997. The name was chosen by its investors, businessmen from Connecticut, the relevance being that Saint James is the patron Saint of travelers. The interior features a spectacular sunlit atrium with a dominating octagonal glass dome. The defining feature of the structure is the large abstract decorative cornices on the buildings exterior.
- 2 Florida Theatre, 128 East Forsyth St (at Newnan), ☏ . The Florida Theatre offers 200 cultural and entertainment events annually, bringing 250,000 people to Jacksonville’s downtown every year. The restored theatre is recognized as one of the finest concert venues in the Southeast, and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Florida Theatre has been Jacksonville’s premier entertainment center since 1927.
- 3 Friendship Fountain. Opened in 1965 as the world’s largest and tallest fountain, it’s capable of spraying 17,000 gallons (64,000 L) of water a minute to a height of 120 feet (37 m). The fountain and surrounding park are directly across from the Northbank and offer visitors some of the best views of the city. It is also adjacent to the Museum of Science and History and is part of the Southbank Riverwalk.
- 4 Main Street Bridge. Opened in 1941, the bridge was the second crossing to be built over the St. Johns River. It is one of the most recognized structures in the city and offers visitors some of the best views of the downtown skyline.
- 5 Jacksonville Terminal (Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center). Converted in 1986 into a convention center, Jacksonville Terminal once served as one of the busiest train stations in the South. Designed by famed architect Kenneth MacKenzie Murchison, the station exhibits Beaux-art features and is reminiscent of New York’s Old Penn Station.
- 6 San Marco Theatre, 1996 San Marco Blvd, ☏ . The oldest running first-run single-screen theatre in Jacksonville. Serving up your favorite beers, wine and food while you watch the movie. Fantastic midnight film series.
- 7 Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave, ☏ . Tu 10AM-9PM; W-Sa 10AM-4PM; Su 12-4PM. An art museum and expansive formal garden set alongside the Jacksonville waterfront. Features primarily European and American paintings as well as a large collection of early Meissen porcelain. Pricing notes: Admission is free to all on the first Saturday of every month; college students free Tuesday through Friday. Adults $10; Seniors, Military, Students $6; Children 5 & under free.
- 8 Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 101 West 1st St, ☏ . M-F 10AM – 3PM, Sa 10AM – 4PM, Closed on holidays. Notable collections include the original proposal draft of The Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation Amendment to the Constitution, signed by Lincoln, the Justification letter which accompanied the Declaration of Independence, the Final Declaration of Allegiance Treaty, signed by every Indian tribe in the U.S. and the President, the original drafts of the Constitutions of France, Spain, Mexico, and Ireland, and the Thanksgiving Proclamation. Free.
- 9 Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA), 333 North Laura St (Downtown), ☏ . Tu-W, Fri-Sa 11AM-5PM; Th 11AM-9PM, Su 12PM-5PM. This museum is located downtown in the historic Western Union Telegraph Building across from Hemming Park and presents a large number of innovative contemporary art exhibits created by regional, national and international artists. Pricing notes: Free admission between 5PM and 9PM on the first Wednesday of each month, and to college students between 1:30PM and 5PM Tuesday through Friday. Adults $8; Seniors, Military, Students, Children (2-12) $5.
- 10 Museum of Science & History (MOSH), 1025 Museum Circle, ☏ , fax: . M-Th 10AM-5PM; F 10AM-8PM; Sa 10AM-6PM; Su 12PM-6PM. Also known as the “MOSH” by locals, the museum has many interesting science exhibits, and some interesting information about local history. Adult $15; Senior, Military, Student, Youth, Teacher, Young Adult $12.
- 11 Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829 N Davis St, ☏ . A cultural museum showcasing the people and places that flourished within the Jacksonville African American community during the Jim Crow era.
- 12 University of North Florida Gallery of Art, 4567 St. Johns Bluff Rd, ☏ . M W Th 9AM-5PM; Tu 9AM-7PM, F 9AM-3PM. Features several exhibitions each year including regional and national artists and UNF faculty and student art.
- 13 Downtown. The central business district of Jacksonville, on the St. Johns River. Five districts make up the entirety of the area. The Northbank is the district most commonly associated with downtown. It houses many of the city’s largest and most historic structures, as well as serving as the government and financial center for the region. Across the river, Southbank has its lions share of iconic buildings and parks. Most notably its home to the Museum of Science and History and Friendship Fountain. LaVilla and Brooklyn are popular upcoming areas just west of the Northbank. Last but not least, the Sports Complex is a large area to the east of the Northbank, housing TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville Veteran Arena, Metropolitan Park, and the Baseball Grounds.
- 14 Riverside. About a mile southwest of downtown on the banks of the St. Johns River, this neighborhood was built primarily between 1910 and 1930 and features a variety of historic homes, churches and apartment buildings. It has as its commercial center eclectic Five Points which features both unique retail and dining all in a bohemian atmosphere. Also notable in the neighborhood is Memorial Park which is situated near Five Points adjacent to the River. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. and has as its centerpiece a statue of Winged Victory as a memorial to the dead of World War I. To visit this area from downtown, take Jefferson Street which becomes Riverside Avenue.
- Avondale. Along the St. Johns River just southwest of and adjacent to Riverside, was built during the 1920s Florida land boom as “Riverside’s Residential Ideal”. The stately historic houses here were constructed in a variety of architectural styles, including Tudor, Georgian Revival, Prairie, Shingle, Mediterranean Revival and Bungalow. The commercial heart of the neighborhood is known as the Shops of Avondale which are along St. Johns Avenue between Talbot and Dancy Streets. Here, there are many upscale dining and shopping opportunities.
- 15 Springfield. Just north or downtown is a historic neighborhood with architecture varying from Victorian and Craftsmen to Colonial Revival and Prairie School. Characterized by large porches, iconic city parks, and immersed in a blanketing oak canopy, Springfield is quickly becoming a hot spot for any traveler looking for an authentic taste of Jacksonville.
Parks and outdoors
- Beaches – Jacksonville is on the Atlantic Ocean, and has a thriving beach culture, but not as packed or as crowded as the beaches in south Florida. Three cities within Duval county occupy most of the coastal real estate: Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Jacksonville Beach.
- City parks:
- 16 Hemming Park. A block-sized park in the center of Jacksonville’s downtown. Named for Confederate veteran Charles C. Hemming, who in 1898 donated to the City the Confederate monument which was the focal point of the park. The statue was removed by the City in June 2020. The park is surrounded by Jacksonville’s City Hall, the United States Courthouse, the Museum Of Contemporary Art, the new public Main Library for Jacksonville, the former Snyder Memorial Church and various restaurants. Step inside City Hall, which is a restored department store built in 1912 and designed in the prairie style by noted local architect Henry John Klutho, and take a look at the large, sunlit atrium which dominates the interior of the structure. The new downtown Main Library opened in 2005 and is the largest Main Library in the state of Florida. The postmodern structure was designed by noted architect Robert A.M. Stern and features a Grand Reading Room and a quiet Courtyard for outdoor reading.
- 17 Memorial Park, 1620 Riverside Ave (between Margaret Street and Memorial Park Drive), ✉ [email protected]. Perhaps the most iconic city park in all of Florida, it was designed by the renowned Olmsted Brothers who also designed many other national and city parks, including Yosemite. The park is located in the historic neighbourhood of Riverside, near the 5 Points area. It is located along the banks of the St. Johns River and houses the statue known as Life which now has become associated with Riverside in general. Totally worth a gander.
- 18 Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, ☏ . Hosts more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. It is constantly growing and changing and always a pleasurable experience.
- Riverwalk. A scenic walk system along the north and south shores of the St. John’s River. It’s a great place for a date.
- Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, ☏ .
- 22 Little Talbot Island State Park, 12157 Heckscher Dr, ☏ . 8AM-sundown. $5/vehicle, Camping $24/night.
- 23 Big Talbot Island State Park.
- Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Jazz festival featuring major names in jazz as well as local and up-and-coming jazz artists.
- Main Street Cruise, 1st St. to 12th St. on Main St.. 4th Saturday of every month. A surreal experience and a fun time, this old school cruise is like stepping into the 1970s movie American Graffiti. Poodle dresses, classic music, and an endless array of cars.
- Springing the Blues. Florida’s largest free outdoor blues festival.
- Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island (about 35 miles from Jacksonville), holds an annual festival every summer, the highlight of which is a mock pirate invasion terrorizing the locals. Additional Awards go to the biggest drunken pirate who plunders the most booty. And there is also the world famous wet wench contest.
- Jacksonville Sea & Sky Spectacular. Air show location alternates each year between Jacksonville Beach and Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The Blue Angels are typically the main event to close the show.
- World Arts Film Festival. May 15–17. The World Arts Film Festival is an event showcasing a diverse array of filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds. The central theme is a global message of inclusion through the arts and education.
- JaxFlow. A spin jam group local to Jacksonville. They spin various flow toys, such as hula hoops and fire poi in various parks and at nightlife spots all over Jacksonville.
- One Spark (creator innovation day conference), Downtown Jacksonville. One Spark is an annual event for creators of all kinds. Artists, entrepreneurs and innovators display projects in different downtown venues each year. It offers the opportunity to get involved, be inspired, connect and collaborate. It connects people with great ideas to the resources they need to make them come true. Participants get the chance to pitch their idea to the voting public for a possible cash prize and a chance to make their project a reality.
- 1 Riverside Arts Market, 715 Riverside Ave (Riverside Ave. under the Fuller Warren Bridge), ☏ . 10-4. More than 100 vendors offer handmade art, specialty foods, farmers’ market, and a variety of entertainment. Open every Saturday, March through December, “RAM” is Jacksonville’s Premiere Outdoor Arts & Entertainment venue! Free.
- Jacksonville Pride (River City Pride), Five Points in Riverside. Activities are usually centered in the Riverside neighborhood, The festival and parade are family friendly and feature friends and supporters of the gay community in Jacksonville. Late nights are whatever you make of them. Jacksonville offers a wonderful nightlife with a host of events at area gay bars and regular bars alike.
2 Adventure Landing. A small amusement park that includes an arcade, food, water park, mini golf, laser tag, a roller coaster, and go-karts.
- Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, ☏ . Jacksonville’s AA Minor League baseball team. Tickets are cheap and the view is good at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Military active/retired $5 tickets.
- Jacksonville Ice Men. Jacksonville’s AA Minor league hockey team affiliated with the NHL. Cheap tickets and great hockey action at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.
- Jacksonville Sharks. Jacksonville’s Arena Football team. Winner of Arena Bowl XXIV in 2011 and the inaugural NAL Championship in 2017.
- The Player’s Championship. If you like golf, Jacksonville is second only to Augusta. The TPC is held each spring in Ponte Vedra, a coastal suburb of Jacksonville.
- Gate River Run. One of the top running events in the US. The most participant 15K race with purse money large enough to attract professional runners from all over the world.
- The Mug Race. A Pursuit Start sailboat race on St. Johns River. The world’s largest river race, boaters start at the Memorial Bridge in Palatka and end at the Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville.
- Downtown. The Jacksonville Landing mall offers plenty of restaurants and a few shops. For a more authentic feel, travel outside that area and explore the surrounding streets. Laura Street near Adams offers a few shops and a lovely atmosphere. Adams Street at Ocean and Bay Street at Market also have some interesting places to visit.
- Five Points. A shopping district on the western edge of the Riverside neighborhood. Home to Riverside Park, Memorial Park, and the Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens, this area attracts an eclectic group of locals and is a haven for trendy shops and hip bars.
- San Marco Square. A good used book store, shops, galleries, restaurants, and a Peterbrooke chocolate shop make up this small shopping area. The Grotto, a nice upscale wine store with a small seating area, is very popular.
- Shoppes of Avondale. Specialty shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants line these few blocks.
- 1 St. John’s Town Center. Near the intersection of Butler Blvd and the I-295 Beltway, this is an open-air mall sprawled over a large area. Lots of shopping and fine dining options, it’s hands down one of the most popular and most visited malls in North Florida.
- 2 The Avenues Mall, 10300 Southside Blvd., ☏ . 10AM-9PM. In Jacksonville’s Southside neighborhood, the Avenues is one of the more popular enclosed malls in town. It offers a wide array of stores and most of the one you’d come to expect in a mall setting.
- Black Creek Outfitters, 10051 Skinner Lake Dr, ☏ . M–F 10AM – 8PM, Sa 10AM – 6PM, Su 11AM – 6PM. Outdoor gear store focused on camping and kayaking. Offers kayak sales and rentals.
- Jacksonville Farmers Market, 1810 West Beaver St. (near the corner of Stockton), ☏ . 7AM-6PM. Established in 1938, the farmers market is the oldest in the state. Operating much as farmers markets have for hundreds of years, it offers a unique shopping experience in a festive outdoor market.
- J. Johnson Gallery, 177 4th Avenue North, ☏ . Tu-F 10AM-5PM, Sa noon-5PM.
- Stellers Gallery, 1409 San Marco Square, ☏ . M-F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-3PM.
- Sweet Pete’s, 400 N Hogan Street, ☏ . M 9AM-4PM, Tu-Th 9AM-9PM, F-Sa 9AM-10PM, Su 10AM-5PM. Unique candy store in downtown Jacksonville
- BB’s, 1019 Hendricks Ave, ☏ . This restaurant has good appetizers, desserts, and a good beer and wine selection. The mushroom and bacon pizza is wonderful. The food is great, but it can get somewhat loud; not the place to go for a quiet conversation.
- Brick Coffee House, 214 N. Hogan St (Ed Ball Building Adams St Entrance), ☏ .
- Burrito Gallery, 21 East Adams St. (between Main and Ocean), ☏ , ✉ [email protected]. This restaurant has become an integral part of Jacksonville’s art scene. Rotating exhibits keep the atmosphere fresh while the kitchen keeps your belly full. $8-10.
- The Candy Apple Cafe, 400 North Hogan St., ☏ .
- Chamblin’s Uptown Cafe, 215 N. Laura St. (between Adams and Monroe), ☏ . Good vegetarian selection.
- [dead link]Chomp Chomp (Chomp2), 106 W Adams St. (between Ocean and Newnan), ☏ . A small eat-in with a diverse menu. $6-8.
- Indochine, 21 E Adams St, ☏ .
- Jenkins Quality Barbecue, 830 Pearl St (between State and Union), ☏ , ✉ [email protected].
- The Magnificat Cafe, 231 N Laura St, ☏ . French cuisine
- Olio, 301 E. Bay St (corner of Market and Bay), ☏ .
- Pho A Noodle Bar, 117 West Adams St. (between Hogan and Laura), ☏ .
- Super Food and Brew, 11 E. Forsyth St (corner of Forsyth and Main), ☏ , ✉ [email protected].
- [dead link]Zodiac Bar and Grill, 120 W. Adams St (between Laura and Hogan), ☏ , ✉ [email protected]. Mediterranean cuisine
- Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 1201 Riverplace Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32207, ☏ . 5PM-10PM (9PM on Sundays). Corn-fed, custom-aged Midwestern beef in a lively atmosphere, complete with beautiful views of the St. John’s River and a happening bar area.
- Al’s Pizza, Riverside at 1620 Margaret St, ☏ . Also near Intracoastal West at 14286 Beach Blvd. +1 904 223-0991 and the original location at 303 Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach +1 904 249-0002,
- 13 Gypsies, 887 Stockton St. (at College), ☏ , fax: , ✉ [email protected]. Firmly rooted in tradition, this restaurant offers authentic Spanish cuisine made fresh daily.
- Brick Restaurant, 3585 St. Johns Ave, ☏ . Creative menu with good food; on a street with lots of shops. Outside dining is available.
- Biscotti’s, 3556 St. Johns Ave, ☏ . Cool atmosphere with delicious, interesting food. Take a look at the desserts in the display case. They taste even better than they look.
- The Loop Pizza Grill. Restaurant chain that started in Jacksonville. Good burgers, pizza, salads, onion rings, milk shakes, etc. Several locations in Jacksonville.
- Metro Diner, 3302 Hendricks Ave. (at Inwood Terrace), ☏ . Daily 6:30AM-2:30PM. A popular breakfast spot for locals.
- St. Johns Seafood & Steaks. Several locations in Jacksonville. Just what it sounds like, a variety of seafood and steak with all the trimmings. Make sure to have grits as a side.
- Gene’s Seafood. Several locations in Jacksonville. The usual fried shrimp, fish, etc. in addition to delicious entrees like stuffed flounder. Consistently delicious.
- Havana-Jax Cafe, 2578 Atlantic Blvd, ☏ . Delicious Cuban food. Most dinners come with rice, black beans, and plantains. Very good flan.
- The Madrid, 11233 Beach Blvd, ☏ . Caribbean and Cuban cuisine. Everything is delicious.
- Grinder’s Cafe, 10230 Atlantic Blvd, ☏ . Ste 8-9. One of the very few “down home” southern food restaurants in Jacksonville. Very friendly atmosphere with a wide selection of southern specialties.
- [dead link]Clark’s Fish Camp, 12903 Hood Landing Rd, ☏ . A local favorite with lots of atmosphere. If you are a vegetarian, you might not enjoy this restaurant. Try the Fish Camp Platter or the Prime Rib, you’ll be glad you did. Great place to take the kids.
- Angies Subs at Jax Beach, 1436 Beach Blvd, ☏ . Jacksonville Beach, When seen from the street you may think twice about eating there, but the large number of cars outside shows that it is a great favorite of the locals. For enjoying the best subs and experiencing local beach flavor, a visit here is a must. Lunch time is peak time and may be crowded. Hours are 11 to 8PM Monday through Saturday.
- Beach Hut Cafe, 1281 Third Street South, ☏ . Jacksonville Beach. This is where locals go for breakfast. Weekend mornings are very busy.
- 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St. (between Bay and Forsyth), ✉ [email protected]. Beer and wine only. It does offer great local music and a great atmosphere.
- Dos Gatos, 123 E. Forsyth St., ☏ . Full bar. A nice place to dress up and go out to. Great selection of cocktails.
- Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., ☏ , ✉ [email protected].
- Downtown Cigar Lounge, 11 N. Ocean St., ☏ , ✉ [email protected].
- The Volstead, 115 West Adams St., ☏ .
- Mavericks, 2 Independent Drive, ☏ .
- Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St..
- Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., ☏ .
- The Garage, 2692 Post St., ✉ [email protected].
- Rogue, 927 King St., ✉ [email protected].
- The Loft, 925 King St., ✉ [email protected].
- Blind Rabbit, 901 King Street, ☏ .
- Park Place Lounge, 931 King St., ☏ .
- Shantytown Pub, 22 W 6th St., ☏ . 1 mile north of downtown in Jacksonville’s historic Springfield, this hole-in-the-wall bar offers hundreds of beers and boasts a spacious backyard which hosts barbecues once a week.
- Uptown Kitchen and Bar (Uptown Market), 1303 N Main St., ☏ .
- The Birdhouse, 1827 N Pearl St.
- Lynch’s Irish Pub, 514 N. First St, Jacksonville Beach. A well known Irish pub in Jacksonville Beach. Many good imported pints on tap, with live music, and a raucous atmosphere.
- Pete’s Bar, 117 1st Street, Neptune Beach, FL. Cheap beer and 25 cent pool. One of the oldest bars in Jacksonville. It is definitely a staple at the beaches. Opened the day prohibition was repealed.
- Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, Fl 32233. Featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives.
- Holiday Inn Express Jacksonville Beach, 1101 Beach Blvd, ☏ . New hotel, including 32″ flat panel televisions, free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi.
- [dead link]Springhill Suites Jacksonville Airport, 13550 Airport Ct, toll-free: . An all-suite hotel property. Free hot breakfast, courtesy airport shuttle and free Wi-Fi.
- 1 Residence Inn Jacksonville Butler Boulevard, 10551 Deerwood Park, ☏ . Check-in: 4PM, check-out: noon. Offers extended stay accommodations with full size kitchens. Complimentary hot breakfast buffet and free WiFi provided.
- 2 SpringHill Suites Jacksonville, 4385 Southside Blvd, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11PM. All suite accommodations offering free Internet and hot buffet breakfast daily.
- Amelia Island Surf & Racquet Club, 4800 Amelia Island Parkway (Amelia Island), ☏ , toll-free: . Resort with condo rentals, oceanfront views, family vacations.
- One Ocean Resort, One Ocean Blvd, Atlantic Beach, ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ [email protected]. Atlantic Beach Hotel at the Jacksonville Beaches offers a turn-down service, oceanfront views and wireless Internet.
- Courtyard Jacksonville Mayo Clinic/Beaches, 14390 Mayo Blvd (On the campus of the Mayo Clinic), ☏ . Features a state-of-the-art lobby and stylish guest rooms. $109-120.
- [dead link]Residence Inn Jacksonville Baymeadows, 8365 Dix Ellis Trail, ☏ . Offers spacious suites with full kitchens, living areas and separate bedrooms, complimentary breakfast each morning and high-speed Internet access.
- The Riverdale Inn (Adjacent to Memorial Park). Another beautiful B&B in Riverside, this one has a renowned restaurant.
- DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront, 1201 Riverplace Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32207, ☏ , toll-free: . Nestled in the downtown area on the south bank of St. John’s River, DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront has completed a $12 million renovation, emerging with 293 sophisticated accommodations, various dining options, including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, a new business zone to keep corporate travelers linked in, an expanded Precor fitness center and large riverfront pool and sundeck.
- The Elizabeth Pointe Lodge (On the beach at Amelia Island). Bed & breakfast amenities.
- Marriott Sawgrass Beach Resort. Home of the Players Championship, on the beach.
- Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts, 200 Ponte Vedra Blvd.. Historic — open since 1928. Rated a 5 Diamond resort by AAA. Features four challenging golf courses, tennis facilities, swimming pools, luxury shops, and fine dining restaurants on site.
- Denmark (Honorary), 609 Wyndham Ct., ☏ , fax: , ✉ [email protected].
- France (Honorary), 7255 Salisbury Road, Suite 4, ☏ , fax: , ✉ [email protected].
- Netherlands (Honorary), 644 3 Independent Dr, ☏ , fax: , ✉ [email protected].
- Norway (Honorary), 50 N. Laura St., Suite 3900, ☏ , fax: , ✉ [email protected].
- Amelia Island – A beautiful island about an hour north of Jacksonville along FL-A1A, it is home to upscale houses, and the Amelia Island Plantation. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Amelia Island was used as a pirate base for raids on Spanish shipping. Known as the Isle of Eight Flags, it is the only location in the United States to have been under the allegiance of eight different nations.
- Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
- Olustee Battlefield – About an hour’s drive west along I-10 in Olustee is the Olustee Battlefield, site of the only Civil War engagement in Florida. The battle is reenacted each February, and is a popular site for Civil War buffs.
- St. Augustine – Founded by Spanish colonists in 1565, St. Augustine lays claim to being the oldest permanent settlement in the United States. It is about a 45-minute drive south of Jacksonville by I-95, or about an hour taking the more scenic route down FL-A1A. It boasts many fine restaurants and tourist attractions, as well as a unique blend of old world architectural styles inherited from its Spanish and British masters. The fort, the old city, the Flagler Museum, St. George’s Street, the St. Augustine Lighthouse, and the Bridge of Lions are all recommended.
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