Florida may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19.

Find out moreOpens in new tab or window

JacksonvilleUnited States of America

From world-class golf greens to beaches ideal for swimming, wildlife-filled waterways to precious art collections, this sun-soaked city has lots to offer.

Though long overshadowed by its more well-known neighbors, under-the-radar Jacksonville, or “Jax” as the locals calls it, is fast becoming known for its exciting array of tourist-friendly activities. Laze on spacious beaches, spot wildlife in its waterways, admire striking 20th-century architecture and explore fascinating museums that reveal little-known facts about local history.

The first outsiders to settle in this part of Florida were the French Huguenots, who established a village here in 1564. The French settlement was later destroyed by the Spanish. Visit Fort Caroline National Memorial to see a reconstruction of the original French fort.

For most visitors, Jacksonville’s biggest appeal is its sandy coastline, which stretches for 22 miles (35 kilometers). To the north is the casual, surfer hot spot Atlantic Beach. Bordering it to the south is family-friendly Neptune Beach. Head even further south to Jacksonville Beach for lively bars, restaurants and nightlife, or go further south again to the dune-bordered Ponte Vedra Beach for up-scale beachside resorts and golf clubs including the famous TPC Sawgrass.

The city is crisscrossed by waterways, with more than 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers) of navigable routes to explore. Rent a kayak and paddle through Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve or take a water taxi across St. Johns River, between Downtown and the neighborhood of San Marco. Admire the Henry John Klutho-designed Bisbee Building, a 10-story high rise dating back to 1909 in Downtown, then stroll around the boutique, gallery and restaurant-filled historical district of San Marco.

For a culture fix, tour the galleries of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, which features both indoor galleries stocked with paintings, decorative art and antiques, as well as gardens planted in English and Italian styles. The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville spotlights contemporary works, including installations, photographs and film.

To reach Jacksonville, fly into Jacksonville International Airport, located around 20 minutes from the city’s downtown area. Buses, trolleys and a river-spanning monorail can be used to get around. As the city is large and sprawling, renting a car is advisable.

Where to stay in Jacksonville

Downtown Jacksonville showing a river or creek, skyline and a city

Downtown Jacksonville

4/5Very Good!(845 area reviews)

Downtown Jacksonville is known for its stunning river views, and with sights like VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena and TIAA Bank Field, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Jacksonville.

Downtown Jacksonville
Marshy

Southside

4/5Very Good!(912 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Southside, St. Johns Town Center and The Avenues are top sights worth seeing.

Southside
Wondering around, when this creature is sunning its self in front of your car. Tread Lightly!

West Jacksonville

3.5/5Good!(98 area reviews)

Visitors to West Jacksonville enjoy its restaurants, and if you want to do some exploring, Crystal Springs Park is worth a stop.

West Jacksonville
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens which includes interior views and art as well as a couple

Riverside

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Riverside is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and Riverside Park.

Riverside
Kingsley Plantation featuring camping as well as a couple

Northside

3.5/5Good!(855 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Northside, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Jacksonville Cruise Terminal are top sights worth seeing.

Northside
Beautiful walk this morning...💙   #beach

North Beach

4/5Very Good!(72 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in North Beach, Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park and Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve are top sights worth seeing.

North Beach

Top Hotels in Jacksonville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Omni Jacksonville Hotel
Omni Jacksonville Hotel
4 out of 5
245 Water St, Jacksonville, FL
The price is $106 per night

Located in Downtown Jacksonville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts and Florida Theatre.

4.2/5Very Good! (1,454 reviews)

"Loved this property!! Everything was clean and sanitary, masks were provided by housekeeping in every room, the pool was open and sooo relaxing. The food was great too!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Omni Jacksonville Hotel
Omni Amelia Island Resort
Omni Amelia Island Resort
4 out of 5
39 Beach Lagoon Road, Fernandina Beach, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $242 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Fernandina Beach resort is 8.9 mi (14.3 km) from Fernandina Beach Historic District and 9 mi (14.5 km) from Fort Clinch State ...

4.2/5Excellent! (939 reviews)

"Our room was nice and the beach was right at the back door. They also had complementary umbrellas and lounge chairs on the beach. Wonderful!!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

Omni Amelia Island Resort
One Ocean Resort & Spa
One Ocean Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
1 Ocean Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL
The price is $127 per night

Located in Atlantic Beach, this beachfront hotel is connected to a shopping center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Beaches Town Center and Dutton Island Preserve. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (945 reviews)

"excellent hotel. everyone was very accommodating. hotel was exceptionally clean. staff was very friendly and was right on the beach. will be back!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

One Ocean Resort & Spa

Getting around Jacksonville

If you’re planning to stay in downtown Jacksonville, you can make use of the Jacksonville Skyway, a monorail which connects eight stations in the city center. The Riverside Trolley also serves downtown, while the Beaches Trolley connects Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach. Many of Jacksonville’s attractions are spread out, so renting a car is the best way to make the most of your time here. Visit the Jacksonville Transportation Authority website.Browse Jacksonville rental cars.

Best time to visit

Like much of Florida, Jacksonville has a subtropical climate, and it has both its hottest and wettest weather in the summer months. In July average highs reach the early 90s F (early 30s C), but there are also thunderstorms at this time of year. The most pleasant times to visit are in spring and fall, when temperatures are warm but not too hot, there is less rain and there are fewer tourists.

Popular places to visit in Jacksonville

Mayo Clinic Florida
Image for Mayo Clinic Florida

Mayo Clinic Florida

4.5/5(433 reviews)

If Mayo Clinic Florida is what brings you to town, hopefully you'll have a chance to explore more of Jacksonville. Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or seek out the golf courses.

Jacksonville Naval Air Station
Image for Jacksonville Naval Air Station

Jacksonville Naval Air Station

4/5(300 reviews)

After visiting Jacksonville Naval Air Station, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Westside. Experience the great live music or attend a sporting event in this family-friendly area.

TPC Sawgrass
Image for TPC Sawgrass

TPC Sawgrass

4.5/5(293 reviews)

Hit the links in Palm Valley at TPC Sawgrass, a popular golf course. Discover the area's acclaimed theater scene, or seek out its golf courses.

TIAA Bank Field
Image for TIAA Bank Field

TIAA Bank Field

4/5(386 reviews)

Capable of seating over 80,000 fans, this modern football stadium is the exciting home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, international soccer games and music events.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Image for Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

4.5/5(463 reviews)

Admire thousands of animals and plants across entertaining exhibits in this family-friendly zoo that also has a children’s play area and a 4-D experience.

Jacksonville Beach Pier
Image for Jacksonville Beach Pier

Jacksonville Beach Pier

4.5/5(264 reviews)

Stroll along this charming fishing pier that extends into the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings in your pursuit of a big catch.

Top things to do in Jacksonville

Playground Escape Room
Image for Playground Escape Room

Playground Escape Room

$35
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Jacksonville Inshore Fishing
Image for Jacksonville Inshore Fishing

Jacksonville Inshore Fishing

$158
Per adult
Adventurous Electric Skateboard Guided Tour
Image for Adventurous Electric Skateboard Guided Tour

Adventurous Electric Skateboard Guided Tour

$45
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Florida
Image for City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Florida

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Florida

$10
Per adult
Gold Rush Escape Room
Image for Gold Rush Escape Room

Gold Rush Escape Room

$35
Per adult
Jacksonville International Airport One Way Airport
Image for Jacksonville International Airport One Way Airport

Jacksonville International Airport One Way Airport

$18
Per adult

Reviews of Jacksonville

4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1508
5 - Excellent 29.005577995768416%
4 - Good
2455
4 - Good 47.22061934987497%
3 - Okay
1018
3 - Okay 19.580688593960378%
2 - Disappointing
124
2 - Disappointing 2.3850740527024428%
1 - Terrible
94
1 - Terrible 1.8080400076937873%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

I was not happy that the breakfast I paid for was coffee only. This is not acceptable.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

Nice to have Starbucks in the morning for an option however no breakfast even tough I paid extra room rate for this option! Noisey a/c unit in room but overall would stay here again and recommend.

4/5 - Good

RC

Jun 3, 2020

Originally from here

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

This is one of the nicest areas of Jacksonville! Plenty of shopping and restaurant options.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jun 1, 2020

Many homeless people walking around the Hyatt and all over town.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

May 31, 2020

Jacksonville downtown homelessness is pretty rough. Right across from this hotel was the riots

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Jacksonville

Image for Getting the chills in amazing destinations across the country

Getting the chills in amazing destinations across the country

Getting the chills in amazing destinations across the country
Image for Celebrating life’s biggest moments in the best destinations

Celebrating life’s biggest moments in the best destinations

Celebrating life’s biggest moments in the best destinations

Cities near Jacksonville

Amelia Island showing a festival as well as a large group of people

Fernandina Beach

Jacksonville Beach which includes a sandy beach as well as a large group of people

Jacksonville Beach

Other places like Jacksonville