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Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Jacksonville arguably occupies one of the most coveted spots on the Atlantic coast. The city is located 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 "The River City" is a popular nickname associated with Jacksonville. It is also the westernmost city on the Eastern Seaboard.

Jacksonville is the largest city proper in Florida and largest city, by area, in the contiguous United States. It is the county seat of Duval County, with which the city government consolidated in 1968. Consolidation gave Jacksonville its great size and placed most of its metropolitan population within the city limits; with a population of 827,908, it is the most populous city in Florida... Read more

Jacksonville, Florida, USA


Jacksonville arguably occupies one of the most coveted spots on the Atlantic coast. The city is located 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 "The River City" is a popular nickname associated with Jacksonville. It is also the westernmost city on the Eastern Seaboard.

Jacksonville is the largest city proper in Florida and largest city, by area, in the contiguous United States. It is the county seat of Duval County, with which the city government consolidated in 1968. Consolidation gave Jacksonville its great size and placed most of its metropolitan population within the city limits; with a population of 827,908, it is the most populous city in Florida and the eleventh most populous in the United States. Jacksonville is the principal city in the Greater Jacksonville Metropolitan Area.

Simply put, Jacksonville is an authentic Florida 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 river line location facilitates two U.S. Navy bases and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida's third largest seaport. Significant factors in the local economy include services such as banking, insurance, healthcare, and logistics. As with much of Florida, tourism is also important to the Jacksonville area, particularly in regards to historical, cultural and environmental assets. Once holding the distinctions of Insurance Capital of the South and Winter Film Capital of the World, not to mention currently housing a formidable financial industry, this underrated cosmopolitan city is a composite of northern aesthetics and southern charm. In combination with rich architectural diversity, influential African-American ancestry, and substantial musical contributions, Jacksonville has garnered international appeal for its relatively small piece of the world. Jacksonville was listed as a "High sufficiency" world city in the World Cities Study Group's inventory. It ranks alongside cities such as Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.


The area was originally 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, the settlement grew at the narrow point in the river where cattle crossed, known as Wacca Pilatka to the Seminole 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.


According to the Koppen climate classification, Jacksonville has a humid subtropical climate, with hot and wet summers, and mild and drier winters. Seasonal rainfall is concentrated in the warmest months from May through September, when brief but intense downpours with thunder and lighting are common, while the driest months are from November through April. Rainfall averages around 52 inches (1,300 mm) a year.

Mean monthly temperatures range from around 53 °F (12 °C) in January to 82 °F (28 °C) in July. High temperatures average 64 to 92 °F (18 to 33 °C) throughout the year. High heat indices are common for the summer months in the area, with indices above 110 °F (43.3 °C) possible. The highest temperature recorded was 104 °F (40 °C) on July 11, 1879 and July 28, 1872. It is common for thunderstorms to erupt during a typical summer afternoon. These are caused by the rapid heating of the land relative to the water, combined with extremely high humidity.

The city of Jacksonville averages only about 10 to 15 nights at or below freezing, though in some winters there can be a hard freeze (below 28 F or -2.5 C). Such cold weather is usually short lived. The coldest temperature recorded at Jacksonville International Airport was 7 °F (−14 °C) on January 21, 1985. Jacksonville has recorded three days with measurable snow since 1911, most recently a one-inch (2.5 cm) snowfall in December 1989  and flurries in December 2010.

Jacksonville has suffered less damage from hurricanes than most other east coast cities, although the threat does exist for a direct hit by a major hurricane. The city has only received one direct hit from a hurricane since 1871; however, Jacksonville has experienced hurricane or near-hurricane conditions more than a dozen times due to storms crossing the state from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, or passing to the north or south in the Atlantic and brushing past the area. The strongest effect on Jacksonville was from Hurricane Dora in 1964, the only recorded storm to hit the First Coast with sustained hurricane-force winds. The eye crossed St. Augustine with winds that had just barely diminished to 110 mph (180 km/h), making it a strong Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Jacksonville also suffered damage from 2008's Tropical Storm Fay which crisscrossed the state, bringing parts of Jacksonville under darkness for four days. Similarly, four years prior to this, Jacksonville was inundated by Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne, which made landfall south of the area. These tropical cyclones were the costliest indirect hits to Jacksonville. Hurricane Floyd in 1999 caused damage mainly to Jacksonville Beach. During Floyd, the Jacksonville Beach pier was severely damaged and later demolished. The rebuilt pier was later damaged by Fay, but not destroyed. Tropical Storm Bonnie would cause minor damage in 2004, spawning a minor tornado in the process. On May 28, 2012, Jacksonville was hit by Tropical Storm Beryl, packing winds up to 70 miles per hour (113 km/h) which made landfall near Jacksonville Beach.

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Jacksonville, Florida, USA: Port Information

JAXPORT Cruise Terminal, 9810 August Dr, ☎ +1 904 357-3006. Jacksonville departures offer 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 multiple 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.

Get around Jacksonville, Florida, USA

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. Downtown monorail service is free and connects the Northbank, Southbank, and LaVilla districts, 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 currently serves as 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 6 AM to 9 PM, Monday through Friday. 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 to 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 9 PM. All buses are linked via GPS to a central control system and stops are well-marked throughout the entire city.

By taxi
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.

By car
Given the huge area Jacksonville covers (largest city in the continental U.S.A.), cars are the only practical way of getting around. Both 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:
  • Alamo Rent A Car, Toll free: +1-800-462-5266
  • Avis Rent A Car, Toll free: +1-800-331-1212
  • Budget Rent A Car, Toll free: +1-800-527-0700
  • Dollar Rent A Car, Toll free: +1-800-800-3665
  • E-Z Rent-A-Car, Toll free: +1-800-277-5171
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Toll free: +1-800-261-7331
  • Hertz Car Rental, Toll free: +1-800-654-3131
  • Thrifty, Toll free: +1-800-847-4389
By bike
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, located 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.

What to see in Jacksonville, Florida, USA

  • 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. Originally constructed as a department store in 1912, the St. James Building was 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 building's exterior. 
  • Florida Theatre, 128 East Forsyth St (at Newnan), ☎ +1 904 355-5661. The Florida Theatre offers 200 cultural and entertainment events annually, bringing 250,000 people to Jacksonville's downtown every year. More than just an entertainment center, The magnificently restored Florida Theatre is recognized as one of the finest concert venues in the Southeast, and also is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Florida Theatre has been Jacksonville's premier entertainment center since 1927. 
  • Friendship Fountain. Opened in 1965 as the world's largest and tallest fountain, it's capable of spraying 17,000 gallons of water a minute to a height of 120 feet. The fountain and surrounding park are located 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. 
  • Main Street Bridge. Opening 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. 
  • 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. 
  • San Marco Theatre, 1996 San Marco Blvd, ☎ +1 904 396-4845. 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. 
  • Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave, ☎ +1 904 356-6857. Tu 10 AM-9 PM; W,F,Th,Sa 10 AM-4 PM; Su 12 PM-5 PM. A recently expanded art gallery and formal garden set alongside the Jacksonville waterfront. Features primarily European and American paintings as well as a large collection of early Meissen porcelain. 
  • Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 101 West 1st St, ☎ +1 904 356-2992. Monday-Friday 10 AM - 3 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM, 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. 
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, 333 North Laura St (Downtown Jacksonville), ☎ +1 904 366-6991. Tu, Fr, Sat, Sun 10 AM-4 PM; Wed, Th 10 AM-9 PM; Closed Monday. This Museum recently relocated to its Hemming Park location in the historic Western Union Telegraph Building and presents a large number of innovative contemporary art exhibits created by regional, national and international artists. 
  • Museum of Science and History, 1025 Museum Circle, ☎ +1 904 396-6674, fax: +1 904 396-5799. M-F 10 AM-5 PM; Sa 10 AM-6 PM, Su 1 PM-6 PM. Also known as the "MOSH" by locals, the museum has many interesting science exhibits and some interesting information about local history. 
  • Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829 North Davis St. A cultural museum showcasing the people and places that flourished within the Jacksonville African American community during the Jim Crow era. 
  • University of North Florida Gallery of Art, 4567 St. Johns Bluff Rd, ☎ +1 904-620-2534. M, W, Th 9 AM-5 PM; Tu 9 AM-7 PM, F 9 AM-3 PM. Features several exhibitions each year including regional and national artists and UNF faculty and student art.
  • Downtown. Is the central business district of Jacksonville, located 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 EverBank Field, Jacksonville Veteran Arena, Metropolitan Park, and the Baseball Grounds. 
  • Riverside. Located 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. Located 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 located along St. Johns Avenue between Talbot and Dancy Streets. Here, there are many upscale dining and shopping opportunities. 
  • Springfield. Just north of 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.
  • 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 is the focal point of the park. 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. 
  • Memorial Park, 1620 Riverside Avenue (between Margaret Street and Memorial Park Drive). 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 neighborhood 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. 
  • 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 south shore of the St. John's River. It's a great place for a date. 
  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve. 
  • Fort Caroline National Memorial. The original French fort, destroyed by Spanish troops from St. Augustine, now lies somewhere beneath the St. John's River. A modern recreation currently stands on the riverbank with a museum dedicated to the first settlements by the French in the area. 
  • Kingsley Plantation. A well-preserved Southern plantation located on Fort George Island. Well worth the trip to see. 
  • Machaba Balu Preserve. Consist of a collection of sites within Timucuan's vast area. The salt march looks much as it did 500 years ago and is a haven of wildlife and biodiversity. The properties are under the management of the Nature Conservancy in partnership with the National Park Service. 
  • Theodore Roosevelt Area. A nature preserve adjacent to the Fort Caroline Memorial. Donated by Willie Browne, the land sits on a marshy patch of riverfront property and offers visitors a taste of "Old Florida". 
  • Little Talbot Island State Park
  • Big Talbot Island State Park

What to do in Jacksonville, Florida, USA

  • 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 1970's 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 at Jacksonville Beach. 
  • 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 a 20-square-block, multi-venue gallery in downtown. 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 pitch their idea to the voting public for a possible cash prize and a chance to make their project a reality.
  • Riverside Arts Market, 715 Riverside Ave (Riverside Ave. under the Fuller Warren Bridge), ☎ +1 904 389-2449. 10-4. More than 100 vendors offer handmade art, specialty foods, farmer's market, and a variety of entertainment. Open every Saturday, March through December, "RAM" is Jacksonville's Premiere Outdoor Arts & Entertainment venue! 
  • Jacksonville Pride (River City Pride), Five Points in Riverside. Gay pride for 2014 is scheduled to occur October 5th-6th. 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.
  • Adventure Landing.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville's NFL team. Catch one of their home games during football season in the fall. 
  • Jacksonville Suns. Jacksonville's AA Minor League baseball team. Tickets are cheap and the view is good at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. 
  • Jacksonville Sharks. Jacksonville's Arena Football team. Winner of Arena Bowl XXIV in 2011. 
  • 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 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. 

What to eat and drink in Jacksonville, Florida, USA


  • BB's, 1019 Hendricks Ave, ☎ +1 904 306-0100. 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), ☎ +1 904 354-9945.
  • Burrito Gallery, 21 East Adams St. (between Main and Ocean), ☎ +1 904 598-2922, e-mail: eat@burritogallery.com. 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.
  • The Candy Apple Cafe, 400 North Hogan St., ☎ +1 904 353-9717. 
  • Chamblin's Uptown Cafe, 215 N. Laura St. (between Adams and Monroe), ☎ +1 904 674-0870. Good vegetarian selection. 
  • Chomp Chomp (Chomp2), 106 W Adams St. (between Ocean and Newnan), ☎ +1 904 762-4667. A small eat-in with a diverse menu. 
  • Indochine, 21 E Adams St, ☎ +1 904 598-5303. 
  • Jenkins Quality Barbecue, 830 Pearl St (between State and Union), ☎ +1 904 353-6388, e-mail: info@jenkinsqualitybarbecue.com. 
  • The Magnificat Cafe, 231 N Laura St, ☎ +1 904 353-3588. French cuisine.
  • Olio, 301 E. Bay St (corner of Market and Bay), ☎ +1 904 356-7100.
  • Pho A Noodle Bar, 117 West Adams St. (between Hogan and Laura), ☎ +1 904 353-0320. 
  • Super Food and Brew, 11 E. Forsyth St (corner of Forsyth and Main), ☎ +1 904 723-1180, e-mail: info@superfoodandbrew.com. 
  • Zodiac Bar and Grill, 120 W. Adams St (between Laura and Hogan), ☎ +1 904 354-8283, e-mail: zodiacgrill120@gmail.com. Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Ruth's Chris Steak Hosue, 1201 Riverplace Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32207, ☎ +1 904 396-6200. 5 pm-10 pm (9 pm on Sundays). Ruth's Chris Steak House in Jacksonville serves only the finest 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, ☎ +1 904 388-8384. One of the best pizzas I have eaten in the world. also located near Intracoastal West at 14286 Beach Blvd. 904.223.0991 and the original location at 303 Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach 904.249.0002.
  • 13 Gypsies, 887 Stockton St. (at College), ☎ +1 904 389-0330, fax: +1 904 389-0220, e-mail: 13g@13gypsies.com. Firmly rooted in tradition, this restaurant offers authentic Spanish cuisine made fresh daily.
  • Brick Restaurant, 3585 St. Johns Ave, ☎ +1 904 387-0606. Creative menu with good food; on a street with lots of shops. Outside dining is available. 
  • Biscotti's, 3556 St. Johns Ave, ☎ +1 904 387-2060. Cool atmosphere with delicious, interesting food. Take a look at the desserts in the display case. They taste even better than they look. 
  • ¡Hola!, 1001 N Main St (corner of Main and Phelps), ☎ +1 904 356-3100, e-mail: manager@holamexicanrestaurant.com. Authentic Mexican restaurant located on Confederate Park in the beautiful neighborhood of Springfield. 
  • Chan's Chinese, 1508 N Main St (corner of 5th and Main), ☎ +1 904 358-2808.
  • Tapas Old World, 1417 N Main St (between 3rd and 4th), ☎ +1 904 379-7850. European cuisine.
  • Island Tropics, 2527 N Main St (corner of 16th and Main), ☎ +1 904 355-9050. Caribbean cuisine.
  • Uptown Kitchen and Bar (Uptown Market), 1303 N Main St (corner of 3rd and Main), ☎ +1 904 355-0734. 
  • Wafaa & Mike's Cafe, 1544 N Main St (corner of 6th and Main), ☎ +1 904 683-8313. Middle-eastern cuisine.
San Marco
  • The Loop Pizza Grill. The restaurant chain that started in Jacksonville. Good burgers, pizza, salads, onion rings, milkshakes, etc. Several locations in Jacksonville. 
  • Metro Diner, 3302 Hendricks Ave. (at Inwood Terrace), ☎ +1 904 438-3321. Daily 6:30 AM-2:30 PM. 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, ☎ +1 904 399-0609. Delicious Cuban food. Most dinners come with rice, black beans, and plantains. Very good flan. 
  • The Madrid, 11233 Beach Blvd, ☎ +1 904 642-3741. Caribbean and Cuban cuisine. Everything is delicious. 
  • Grinder's Cafe, 10230 Atlantic Blvd, ☎ +1 904 725-2712. Ste 8-9, Jacksonville, One of the very few "down home" southern food restaurants in Jacksonville. Very friendly atmosphere with a wide selection of southern specialties. 
  • Clark's Fish Camp, 12903 Hood Landing Rd, ☎ +1 904 268-3474. Jacksonville. 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, ☎ +1 904 246-2519. Jacksonville Beach, When seen from the street you may think twice about eating there, but a large amount 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. Lunchtime is peak time and may be crowded. Hours are 11 to 8 PM Monday through Saturday.
  • Beach Hut Cafe, 1281 Third Street South, ☎ +1 904 249-3516. Jacksonville Beach. This is where locals go for breakfast. Weekend mornings are very busy. 
  • Max's International Restaurant, 1316 Beach Blvd, ☎ +1 904 247-6820. Jacksonville Beach. Eclectic European food in a pleasant atmosphere. Several fish dishes are always delicious.


  • 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St. (between Bay and Forsyth), e-mail: Booking@1904musichall.com. Beer and wine only. It does offer great local music and a great atmosphere.
  • Dos Gatos, 123 E. Forsyth St., ☎ +1 904 354-0666. Full bar. A nice place to dress up and go out to. Great selection of cocktails.
  • Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., ☎ +1 904 699-8186, e-mail: booking@underbellylive.com.
  • Downtown Cigar Lounge, 11 N. Ocean St., ☎ +1 904 353-4411, e-mail: info@downtowncigarlounge.com. 
  • The Volstead, 115 West Adams St., ☎ +1 904 414-3171.
  • Mavericks, 2 Independent Drive, ☎ +1 904 356-1110. 
  • Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St.
Five Points
  • Birdies, 1044 Park St., ☎ +1 904 356-4444, e-mail: Birdiesfivepoints@gmail.com. 
  • Rain Dogs, 1045 Park St., ☎ +1 904 379-4969. 
  • Wall Street Deli and Lounge, 1050 Park St., ☎ +1 904 355-6969. 
  • Black Sheep, 1534 Oak St., ☎ +1 904 380-3091.
King Street
  • Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., ☎ +1 904 388-9551. 
  • The Garage, 2692 Post St., e-mail: info@kingstreetdistrict.com. 
  • Rogue, 927 King St., e-mail: info@kingstreetdistrict.com. 
  • The Loft, 925 King St., e-mail: info@kingstreetdistrict.com. 
  • Blind Rabbit, 901 King Street, ☎ +1 904 337-0146.
  • Park Place Lounge, 931 King St., ☎ +1 904-389-6616.
  • Shantytown Pub, 22 W 6th St., ☎ +1 904 798-8222. Located 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., ☎ +1 904-355-0734. 
  • 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.

Shopping in Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Shopping districts
  • Downtown. Don't get me wrong, The Landing offers plenty of restaurants and a few shops are left. For a more authentic and less Disney feel, travel outside the Landing area and explore the surrounding streets. Laura Street near Adams offers a few shops and a lovely atmosphere. Adams at Ocean and Bay at Market also have some interesting places to visit. 
  • Five Points. A shopping district on the western edge of Riverside. 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. 
  • San Marco Square. Good used bookstore, shops, galleries, restaurants, and a Peterbrooke chocolate shop. Nice upscale wine store with a small seating area, the Grotto, is very popular. Olive upscale clothing store. 
  • Shoppes of Avondale. Specialty shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. 

Shopping malls
  • The Avenues Mall, 10300 Southside Blvd., ☎ +1 904 363-3054. 10 AM-9 PM. Located 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 
  • Jacksonville Landing. Located downtown, this festival market style shopping center sits adjacent to the St. Johns River. It houses quite a few restaurants and offers weekend nightlife. shopping is limited to a few stores, though downtown offers its own selection of retail stores just blocks away.
  • St. John's Town Center. Located near the intersection of J. T. Butler Blvd and Gate Parkway, this is an open-air mall sprawled over a large area. Lots of shopping and fine dining options. Hands down one of the most popular and most visited malls in North Florida. 

Specialty Stores
  • Black Creek Outfitters, 10051 Skinner Lake Dr, ☎ +1 904 645-7003. Mon – Fri: 10 AM – 8 PM, Sat: 10 AM – 6 PM, Sun: 11 AM – 6 PM. Outdoor gear store focused on camping and kayaking. Offers kayak sales and rentals. 
  • Burro Bags, 228 E Forsyth St. (between Market and Newnan, The Letter Shop), e-mail: info@burrobags.com. quality travel bag and accessory manufacturer with a focus on durable urban gear. 
  • Jacksonville Farmers Market, 1810 West Beaver St. (near the corner of Stockton), ☎ +1 904 354-2821. 7 AM-6 PM. 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, ☎ +1 904-435-3200. Tu-F 10 AM-5 PM, Sa 12 PM-5 PM. 
  • R. Roberts Gallery, 3606 St. John's Av, ☎ +1 904 388-1188. 
  • Stellers Gallery, 1409 San Marco Square, ☎ +1 904-396-9492. M-F 10 AM-6 PM, Sa 10 AM-3 PM. 
  • Sweet Pete's, 400 N Hogan Street, ☎ +1 904-376-7161. M 9 AM-4 PM, Tu-Th 9 AM-9 PM, F-Sa 9 AM-10 PM, Su 10 AM-5 PM. Unique candy store located in downtown Jacksonville.

Safety in Jacksonville, Florida, USA

You should know that Florida has a high occurrence of hurricanes (Hurricane Season: June 1-November 30)

Tourist-oriented areas rarely have violent crimes, but theft is an occasional occurrence.

Language spoken in Jacksonville, Florida, USA

English is the official language.


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