Jacksonville, or Jax as the locals call it, truly has something for everyone in your group. A major metropolis, the city boasts a booming downtown area offering everything those who love the flash of bright lights can expect. Visitors can also soak in some old-fashioned Southern charm found in the stunning architecture of the homes that line St. John’s River. Jacksonville is also home to the country’s largest urban park system, making it the perfect place to visit for the outdoor lover. No matter what you are looking for to spare, Jacksonville certainly has it all.
One Ocean Resort & Spa
The One Ocean Resort & Spa is a gorgeous hotel offering the best of both worlds. It is one of the only luxury beachfront hotels that’s also within walking distance from the heart of bustling Atlantic/Neptune Beach.
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
If you have a golf lover in your party, Sawgrass Marriott is the best spot in town to call home during your stay. It is named as one of the top golf resorts in the country. Non-golfers can relax on the pristine shores of Ponte Vedra Beach or hit the luxurious Sawgrass Spa. The resort boasts 4 lavish pools and the private Cabana Beach Club.
Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman or simply want to give it a whirl, Jacksonville is home to dozens of top-tier charter fishing companies. Hit the open seas with the likes of North Florida Fishing Charters, Big River Fishing Charters, or, for those looking for a river adventure, take a trip on Captain David’s Backwater Fishing Adventures.
Visit the Thrasher-Horne Center
Take in some culture at the Thrasher-Horne Center, a hub of the most entertaining arts in North Florida. Music, theatre, dance, art galleries, and live performances are all held daily at the impressive Thrasher-Horne Center.
Best Places to Dine
Singleton’s Seafood Shack
Jacksonville is home to dozens of top-tier seafood “shacks.” These restaurants showcase a casual beach vibe, yet they offer some of the freshest, most delicious seafood on the coast. If you ask a local which to try, they will likely recommend the famed Singleton’s Seafood Shack. This waterfront haven offers any type of seafood you may be craving: oysters, shrimp, clams, crab, mahi-mahi, conch fritters and more (the gator bites are legendary). Don’t forget to save room for a side of spicy hush puppies!
If beach shack-style seafood isn’t your scene, bb’s offers the type of chic, upscale urban cuisine that is sure to please. Bb’s specializes in serving up creative dishes that fuse traditional American favorites with luxe European influences. The Thai barbecue-glazed pork tenderloin and the pan-seared scallops are two local favorites. Bb’s is also widely renowned for its decadent cheese plate, adorned with dried fruits, candied nuts, and local honey.