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You're Going to Love Jacksonville

Northern Florida's largest city, Jacksonville (or "Jax") is a beach resort, family vacation destination, sporting center, and cultural hub all rolled into one. If you want to get away to the sunshine and have museums, galleries, and shopping opportunities on your doorstep, it's a great place to visit.

There are bohemian boutiques and a buzzing craft ale scene in 5 Points, gourmet eateries in genteel San Marco, and the chance to lose yourself in the gorgeous gardens of the Cummer Museum.

With the endless sands of Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra a short drive away, Jacksonville is fast becoming one of America's most attractive urban destinations.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Jacksonville

When to Visit Jacksonville

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Jacksonville experiences solid year-round sunshine and temperatures rarely dip below 70 degrees. However, if you are looking to attend music festivals or the Seafood Festival, a spring vacation is the best option (but try to avoid Spring Break as accommodation costs spike dramatically). Otherwise, September to November sees pleasant weather and fewer tourists than the middle of summer.

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Where to Stay in Jacksonville

Downtown is definitely the best place for vacationers to situate themselves during a stay in Jacksonville. Leading city center hotels include the Omni, the Hilton Doubletree, and Hampton Inn. If you want to be near the beach or the golf courses in Ponte Vedra, the Four Points Sheraton and the more intimate Fig Tree B&B are excellent options.

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How to Get Around Jacksonville

The Cost of Living in Jacksonville

Shopping Streets

There are some excellent malls and markets dotted around the city center, including the Jacksonville Landing and the Shops of San Marco, but it's more fun to explore neighborhoods like 5 Points or San Marco to seek out stores you love. Some local highlights include chocolatiers like Peterbrooke, the vintage fashion market Rusted, and That Poor Girl, another vintage fashion boutique on King Street. If you just need a chain store like Macy's, Regency Square Mall in Arlington is a good place to head.

Groceries and Other

Jacksonville is fairly affordable by American standards, with a gallon of milk costing around $3.70 and 12 eggs about $2.80. There are also plenty of supermarkets to shop for groceries, including Walgreens, Rowe's, and Publix, alongside organic delis like Grassroots Natural Market.

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Where to Eat in Jacksonville

The best dining options in Jacksonville can be found in the Downtown area, 5 Points or San Marco, and there's no shortage of great places to eat. In San Marco, check out the tapas at Taverna or the French cuisine at Bistro Aix, while Indochine is an excellent Asian restaurant in the center of town. 5 Points is great for craft ale gastro-pubs like BREW 5 Points, but there are superb restaurants like Black Sheep as well. Expect to pay between $15 and 30 for entrees at the best places.