Flip flops, walking shoes, shorts, jeans (in winter) and T-shirts are standard attire. Bring a dressier outfit just in case you want to experience the fine dining scene or have a romantic evening. Sunscreen, mosquito repellant if you plan to explore the great outdoors Definately bring a camera! Jacksonville abounds in beautiful and scenic photo opportunities. Just look at the various tips I have written.
Shorts and flip-flops welcome. There are many good seafood restaurants in the area, but Singleton's is my all-time favorite. Nestled in the midst of the shrimp boat docks, along the shore of the St. Johns River, it is not a fancy place, but you will feel warmly welcomed by the locals who serve up the freshest and finest seafood selection you can imagine. You will be welcomed just outside the door by resident ducks, pelicans and a few mousers (cats that chase the dock mice away), but be not afraid. Once you are inside you will see why you need not dress up for dinner - folks who come here know that they need comfortable clothes, for the tastebuds will continue to cry for more when the belly begins to say "I can't hold anymore". Seafood platter - a great sampling of everything.
You've got to indulge in the pricey mousse!
This trendy, upscale hangout for the beautiful in San Marco Square projects a sophisticated, artsy aura. Although it is small, it does have some outdoor sidewalk cafe style seating. While it is expensive and I have not sampled any of the chef's entree specialties, I can attest to the delicious richness of the cafe's chocolate mousse. Be sure to stop in and share a slice of pricey mousse with your sweety. You'll be glad you did. The mousse. Yum. Yum.
See the latest IMAX film on a 6-story screen
The IMAX Theater combines an 80-foot wide and six-story high screen with a powerful sound system to provide visitors with a movie experience they'll never forget. Don't be fooled by the theater's location next to the World Golf Hall of Fame as the movies shown here are not golf-themed. Rather they are specially-filmed IMAX productions that range from dramatic geographic adventures to major-name animated features to footage of lively rock concerts. Call ahead to see what is playing at what dates and times.
Enroute from Ft. Myers to Hilton Head
"February 18, 2005"
We got to Jacksonville and the EconoLodge about 6. I found out later that this hotel used to be a Masters Inn. They also had a wireless network, but first it gave me the one at the Hampton Inn instead. I had to go and pick the correct network to use.
We ate dinner at Zaxbys (real chicken). I had a chicken salad, and Bob had chicken fingers.
"February 19, 2005"
After we got screwed out of our meager breakfast, we left the EconoLodge and started east, heading for Fort Caroline. I had spent some time that morning (which made me late for breakfast) writing down the directions of all the places we wanted to go today.
We crossed the St. Johns River, and discovered that there was a new bridge/road that wasn't on the map which took us across to Fort Caroline (another National Park with a stamp for my passport) which is in the Timucan Preserve.
We got there a little before 10, and saw the information at the fort,
and then walked out to the river. The original fort is long gone, and we did not walk out to the reconstructed fort.
We also visited the Ribault monument.
And then we drove down to Mayport to look at the lighthouse(s) and take the ferry across the St. Johns River