Jacksonville Travel Guide

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Jacksonville Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great Climate, Beautiful Downtown Skyline, Great Riverfront attractions, Great Beaches, Friendly People 

  • Con
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     Traffic on Freeways and the Vast area may make for long Drives. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Perfect city to party if you're single 

Jacksonville Things to Do

  • Downtown Riverfront

    Jacksonville’s riverwalks are among the finest and most scenic in the nation. Lining the north and south banks of the St. Johns River, the two are connected by either water taxi or by the pedestrian walkways of the Main Street and Acosta bridges. Both riverwalks offer changing perspectives of the city’s downtown skyline, which is split in half by...

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  • Beach

    Travelers seeking a preserved natural beach devoid of development need not leave the city limits of Jacksonville. Little Talbot Island State Park is located in the northeastern part of Jacksonville, just south of Big Talbot Island and north of Ft. George Island along coastal route A1A. Little Talbot's five miles of beachfront is the centerpiece of...

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  • Zoo & Gardens

    Opened in March of 2014, "Land of the Tiger" is the latest and most elaborate of the newer exhibits that have opened at the Jacksonville Zoo over the past couple decades. The tigers here are actually the crown jewel of a whole new extension of the "Asia" part of the park. Leading up to the tigers, the human and animal areas (featuring Asian otters...

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Jacksonville Hotels

Jacksonville Restaurants

  • Salt Life Food Shack

    Salt Life Food Shack This restaurant is inspired by the coastal lifestyle embodied by the Jacksonville Beach-born clothing and bumper sticker phenomenon known as "Salt Life." If you like the beach, surfing, fishing, or boating, be sure to check this place out. It is not really a "shack" but rather a casual yet hip restaurant with a large salt...

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  • Caribbee Key

    Caribbee Key Inspired by the owners' trip to a Caribbean resort, this bright and colorful gem is a unique icon in the popular dining district of Beach Town Center. With windows that open completely to the sidewalk, tropical artwork on the walls, televisions showing surfing footage, a covered and enclosable open-air bar on the second floor and a...

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  • Singleton's

    I had the typical seafood combo platters of fried shrimp, calamari and fish. The catch of the day was flounder for $8 and a lot of fries. The place was started in 1969 to serve shrimp boat group that docked around there. A lot are now gone with the shrimp also gone, but the remainder bring catches to here to serve daily fresh. The place is well...

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Jacksonville Nightlife

  • San Marco area

    San Marco Square, an artsy shopping, dining and entertainment district just south of downtown, is one of Jacksonville's trendiest destinations. Its historic Italian influenced architecture stretches along the Y-shaped intersection of Atlantic and San Marco Boulevards just west of Hendricks. At the center of the Square, a giant statue of three lions...

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  • Jacksonville Landing/Downtown area

    Many cities shoot off fireworks to celebrate Independence Day and maybe New Year's Day, but few shoot them off as frequently throughout the year as Jacksonville. Whether to celebrate the two aforementioned holidays, every weekend of the holiday season, following Jaguars football games, following Suns baseball games or signifying a major festival or...

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  • Beaches area

    The setting of John Grisham's novel, Jacksonville's Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach communities share a lively, beautifully landscaped Town Center full of funky, trendy and casual restaurants, coffeehouses, boutiques, gift shops, galleries and nightspots. Hip and happening yet quaint and homey, Town Center is a pedestrian friendly environment...

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Jacksonville Transportation

  • Bridges

    The Mathews Bridge (a.k.a. the "red bridge") is one of the high bridges that connect Downtown to the city's booming southeastern neighborhoods and beaches. Once you've crested the top, the view heading westbound into Downtown unfolds in an aerial panorama of the skyline fronted by ALLTEL Stadium and the Sports Complex. Heading eastbound, the...

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  • Jacksonville International Airport

    Its simple. There are only 5 cities in the USA that have non-stop service into Jacksonville through more than 1 airline. Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, D.C. and Atlanta. The theme is you can fly into Jacksonville from a hub airport, otherwise you are going to change planes in a hub.(ie Delta will take you through Atlanta or Cincinnati, US Air you...

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  • Skyway (monorail)

    For a mere 35 cents per ride you can enjoy a fun, uncrowded and convenient journey through the center of the downtown central business district courtesy of the Automated Skyway Express. The Skyway is an elevated monorail that slices through the center of the Northbank, then forks to either whisk passengers across the Acosta Bridge to the...

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Jacksonville Shopping

  • Avenues Mall

    Located near the popular Mandarin and Baymeadows neighborhoods in the southern part of Jacksonville, The Avenues Mall is one of Jacksonville's largest and still holds its own as an upscale mall despite the newer and more popular St. Johns Town Center (see my travelogue). Featuring two stories of stores covered under a canopy of glassy skylights...

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  • San Marco Square

    noidiotsplease's review is right on the money, so i'm just amplifying what's already in that write up. San Marco, like its "sister" shopping district in Avondale, is one of the best JAX shopping and dining destinations for well-heeled locals. Great women's shopping at LUNA (stylish, $$$ casual fashion). 5 Sisters Boutique (eclectic, LA-type...

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  • St. Johns Town Center (mall)

    St. Johns Town Center , an outdoor, pedestrian-friendly, “Main Street” style mall (dubbed a “lifestyle center” in the retail industry), is THE premier shopping and dining destination between tourist-happy Orlando and big-business Atlanta. You could even say it’s a “mall” for outdoors-loving people who hate to go to the mall! I don’t even like most...

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Jacksonville Local Customs

  • Skyscrapers & Architecture

    After a 1901 fire leveled much of downtown, word of the devestation spread across the country and Jacksonville suddenly became a magnet for many of the most famous architects of that era. They arrived interested in the unique opportunity to recreate a city. Henry Klutho and other prominent architects of the early 1900s built a brand new city with...

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  • Christmas in Jacksonville

    Averaging between 50 and 60 feet in height, the Jacksonville Landing Christmas tree, on the river Downtown, is the city's tallest and "official" Christmas tree. Elsewhere in the city. however, are three other landmark trees worth noting. The tree at Atlantic Beach-Neptune Beach Town Center is framed by year-round palm trees and situated just a few...

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  • Beach Ettiquette

    Beaches are celebrated as barefoot wonderlands where adults and children alike can walk, run, bike and swim while enjoying the beautiful landscape. Fortunately, Jacksonville's beaches offer clean, wide strands on which to play, and us locals like to keep it that way. In fact, some local beaches have even been recognized as nationally certified Blue...

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Jacksonville Warnings and Dangers

  • Jacksonville has pockets of crime

    Like most big cities, Jacksonville has areas that you don't want to spend too much time in....for your safety. General speaking, the Northwest area of Jax is to a avoid. There's nothing to visit in that quadrant anyways, but steer clear. That is North of I-10 and West of I-95. Also, anything North of 20th Street and South of the Trout River. That's...

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  • Jacksonville is the most unsafe city in...

    I lived in Jacksonville for 10 years and at first it seemed like a city with potential but sadly I began to see why people in Savannah always warned me never to go there. First let me warn you that there is NO good place to go in Jacksonville! Crime is everywhere! I have never lived in a place with so many lowlifes. You can't go anywhere without...

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  • Avoid the Northwest Quadrant of the city

    Like all big cities, Jacksonville has its "good" side and its "bad" side. While crime can happen anywhere, in big cities it is important to know what side of town you are on. Jacksonville covers an enormous spread of land. Generally speaking, the city's "bad side" is the area to the north and west of Downtown. There really isn't any reason to go...

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Jacksonville Tourist Traps

  • Beware of one-way streets and sharp...

    Be careful -- like many large cities, Jacksonville has lots of one-way streets. Also, in many locations, you can't just get off the exit and immediately locate the street you are looking for. You may have to change several lanes, zipping through heavy traffic.If you are not a seasoned driver, don't worry about missing an exit. Just drive on and...

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  • The horseback riding was...

    The horseback riding was managed quite well, but we were in a group of people who preferred to converse - and had some expectation that we would have been able to do so. Unfortunately, we were assigned to horses in accordance with our hosts' perception of compatability of horse and rider - not social groups. We did a short jaunt through a wooded...

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Jacksonville What to Pack

  • Beach Casual

    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 wooded or wetland areas on a hot day Certainly bring a camera! Jacksonville abounds in beautiful...

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  • Some Musts.

    I always favor a Large Rucksack with any traveling i do, as you will have to do a lot of changing of transport etc to get to where you going. Have found that large suitcases are just to awkward. Light weight, it awlays seems to be very hot here no matter what time of year im there. However it is alway worth taking a light poncho or rain proof...

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Jacksonville Off The Beaten Path

  • Beaches

    Looking for public access in ritzy Ponte Vedra Beach? Exclusive Ponte Vedra Beach boasts the gargantuan oceanfront mansions of millionaires, world-class resorts including the five diamond rated Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and its sister resort The Lodge & Club, and shopping villages filled with high-end boutiques. It is actually said to be the third...

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  • St. Augustine (45 minutes S of Downtown)

    Located a short 45 minute drive south of Downtown Jacksonville, the historic city of St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the continental United States. It was founded by the Spanish in 1565, 42 years before the English colonized Jamestown and 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Attractions...

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  • Kingsley Plantation Historic Site

    pictured is a restored slave house on the plantation. these houses were built out of "tabby" tabby is a building material made out of oyster shells and sand. this material formed a type of concrete which was popular in the coastal south in the 1700 and 1800's. the kingsley plantation is a very interesting place to visit when in the jacksonville...

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Jacksonville Sports & Outdoors

  • Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL football)

    The Jaguars, Jacksonville's National Football League franchise, play regular season games and a couple of preseason games at Everbank Field from August-early January. If you happen to be in town then, definitely see if you can get your hands on some tickets. I've been to several games including one playoff game in the past (though since having kids...

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  • Jacksonville Suns (professional...

    The Jacksonville Suns baseball club is the AA affiliate of the Miami Marlins. The team, which plays in the Southern League, has a long history in Jacksonville, and has had the likes of Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Alex Rodriguez, and many other big names of the game play on its rosters. After many years of playing at Wolfson Park, the Suns began playing...

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  • JU Dolphins (NCAA...

    While most college football fans in Jacksonville root for the nearby powerhouse teams at the University of Florida (Gainesville) or Florida State University (Tallahassee), Jacksonville does have a college football team of its own. From August-November, the Jacksonville University Dolphins play NCAA Division I FCS (Division I-AA) football. The...

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Jacksonville Favorites

  • Flowers, Trees and Wetland Plants

    If you're visiting in late April and May it could be the jasmine vines with their tiny fragrant flowers in full bloom. Then again, it could also be the ligustrum hedges that also bloom at this time, or perhaps the magnolia blossoms that emerge a couple weeks later. At any rate, by late spring the scents of the season are everywhere.

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  • Downtown Riverfront/Jacksonville Landing

    Coming to Jacksonville don't get over excited about "The Landing", come see a concert at the Florida Theatre...Primo!!! Tony Bennett decide to do his concert acapella after entering the venue, enough said... This is the last place on earth I intend to live...South Georgia with a beach...Southern Hospitality through and through...

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  • Beaches

    Beaches offer everything to almost every age. Wake up on the beaches, while enjoying an early brunch at any one of the diners, after spending the day out tanning and getting burnt get some relief, while eating at the beach side resturants. Enjoy the food, as the sun starts to go down the music starts. Take you pick of music/bars/clubs while you are...

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