Visit Jacksonville and prepare your trip well

Jacksonville, where Florida offers you the best of sunshine and idleness! A real competitor of Miami, this city offers you the best of the “American way of life”, so welcome to the city of the Jaguars (American football team)!

Located in northeastern Florida, Jacksonville is one of the largest cities in the United States. Built around the Saint Johns river, also known as the black water river because of its particular colour, and on the Atlantic Ocean, it perfectly succeeds in the improbable marriage of a modern city and an omnipresent nature.
The city enjoys a humid subtropical climate allowing very mild temperatures in all seasons. However, summers can be hot. Spring is hot and dry enough which makes it the best time to visit the city. The region has not been hit by hurricanes for more than a century but is regularly hit by storms.
Nature lovers will love these immense white sandy beaches, these small coves and nature reserves on the edge of the city, but in reality, with 320 km² of urban gardens, nature is everywhere!
Culture lovers will not be disappointed with the Florida Theatre, a recently restored 1927 building that offers many shows, or the Kingsley plantation (former cotton plantation). As a film city, many silent films were produced in Jacksonville at the beginning of the last century before being competed by Hollywood.
A city of cinema, culture and nature, Jacksonville has many facets that make it a unique destination, appreciated by all.

Visits to Jacksonville

It is unthinkable to come to Jacksonville without visiting EverBank Field; an American football stadium, it is the host of the famous Jaguars of Jaksonville. With a capacity of up to 82,000 spectators, it has hosted major events such as the superbowl in 2005 or the gator bowl. Inaugurated in 1995, this stadium is regularly renamed according to its sponsors, so it is likely that you will find it under a different name as early as 2015!

Transportation and travel in Jacksonville

When you get to Jacksonville Airport, you’ll be just three kilometers from downtown. Once there, no problem to cross the river according to your wishes, many taxi boats are at your disposal throughout the day. Taxis and buses also criss-cross the city to take you where you want to go.

Sleeping in Jacksonville

There are many options for sleeping in this city, from the most economical to the most luxurious. To find the hotel or apartment that suits you, go to FindHotel to do your research and book your accommodation at the best price.

Outings in Jacksonville

All the lively places are on the banks of the Saint Johns river, which will easily help you find what you are looking for: all the shops and historic buildings are on the north shore, while museums and walks are on the south shore. Shopping enthusiasts must absolutely go to the Saint-Johns center, the Champs-Elysées in Florida version!


Characteristics of the city

Located in Duval County, Florida, Jacksonville is an industrial city. Renowned for its hospitality, it also has long white sandy beaches and many buildings from the 1920s. The
city is also famous for hosting studios where hundreds of silent films were produced in the early 20th century.

Number of inhabitants

The City of Jacksonville has a population of approximately 782,623 (2005 estimate).


It was in 1562 that the city was founded by the Frenchman Jean Ribault. The following year, the French were driven out of Jacksonville by the Spaniards. Cotton allowed Jacksonville to enjoy a great economic boom in 1850, but it was ravaged by flames several times during the Civil War and experienced a serious yellow fever epidemic at the end of the 19th century.
In 1918, the city was home to heavy traffic following the construction of the railway.
In 1974, Jacksonville became Florida’s financial center.


Jacksonville, located in Duval County, is located northeast of the Florida coast in the United States.
It has an area of 2,264.5 km².

How to get around town?

Jacksonville offers a variety of transportation options, including Bus, Taxis or Car Rental.
The bus: many buses allow visitors to travel around the city.
Taxis: it is possible to use the taxi company “Gator City Taxi”, reachable at (904) 355 8294.
Car rental: many rental agencies are present in the city, as well as at the airport

What to see?

Jacksonville has many tourist attractions to see. Tourists will mainly visit the Florida Theater, Fort Caroline National Memorial, but also the Friendship Park Fountain or the Zoological Gardens.
Other sites such as the Ritz Theater, the Villa Museum, the Cummer Museum, or the Budweiser Brewery, will also attract visitors.
Jacksonville Tourist Office website.

What to do about it?

– Relax on the city’s many beaches such as Atlantic Beach or Vilano Beach.
– Strolling through the city’s huge open-air shopping mall: Jacksonville Landing.
– Stroll along the sea on the Highway and dine in one of its restaurants.
– Take a boat trip to learn about deep-sea fishing.

Gastronomy and local recipe(s)

Dishes: fish such as snapper, grouper, mahi-mahi, marlin or swordfish; conch (a kind of conch), crab claws, oysters, mixed salads, grilled pork with fried plantains and black beans, Cuban sandwich.

Desserts: key lime pie (lime and condensed milk pie), cheese cake.

What to see in the region?

In the surroundings of Jacksonville, various tourist sites are to be seen.
Fort Mose National Historic Landmark; Osceola National Forest; the city of Saint Augustine.