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Offers the Perfect Balance For a Family Getaway by Kirby Collins
Jacksonville is one of my
favorite cities in Florida because while it is very cosmopolitan it still
has the same laid back feel as the rest of Florida. Jacksonville is the
first major city in the Sunshine State, just 25 miles inside the boarder
from Georgia. It's the county seat of Duval County and is constantly in
a fight with Miami for ranking as Florida's largest city; it was named
for Andrew Jackson who was the first military governor of the Florida territory.
Jacksonville is a major banking,
financial and transportation hub which gives it that hip edge, as does
the beautiful architecture of the city. The laid back Florida feel comes
from the St. John's River that runs almost through the middle of the city
which is nice because you can see boats, both private and commercial; floating
along from a window should you work in a high rise office in some downtown
building. There is also the beautiful Blue Bridge that spans the river
in the downtown area near the popular shopping; dining and night spot Jacksonville
Landing. Jacksonville is also home to the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars football
team, when they have a good season they are quite a draw. On game day the
stadium downtown has a big tailgating crowd partying until the final whistle
blows. Jacksonville is becoming a major vacation destination too with the
help of nearby, Amelia Island.
Jacksonville is becoming
major player in the financial field and in other industries; in Expansion
Management Magazine's annual poll, Jacksonville has been consistently rated
one of the "Hottest Cities in America" for business expansions and relocations.
It's been the only city to have taken the number one spot three times,
and has been in the top 10 for six straight years. Inc. Magazine ranked
Jacksonville 11th on its list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in 2006.
The city has a great skyline,
the Wachovia and Sun Trust buildings are very prominent in it; the unique
design of the Modis building is very eye catching and adds to the skylines
architectural character. Jacksonville itself is beautiful; they have parks
with palm trees dotted here and there all over. The Friendship Fountain
at the Museum of Science and History is another example of the city's beauty.
The St. John's River is a
vital part of Jacksonville commercially as well as leisurely. The Port
of Jacksonville is a major seaport for cargo and cruise ships as well as
the Mayport Ferry, a ferry that takes cars and people across the river.
The railways are also a big part of the transportation hub here, they work
their way through Jacksonville picking up people and goods for deposit
all over the country.
The St. John's River is also
a favorite place for the people of Jacksonville to spend a day, sailing,
fishing or roaming up and down on their jet ski. If you don't have a boat
or water craft follow the crowd to Huguenot Memorial Park. On sunny weekends
this place gets full to capacity. You can park right on the beach, in the
surf, here which many people do. You'll see cars and trucks all lined up
with their tailgates down, dogs tied up to the back , music playing, food
spilling put of coolers, footballs and Frisbees flying through the air
and as of that wasn't enough, the ocean. It's a great place for a family
to spend a day.
Just off the coast of northeast
Florida mere miles from the boarder with Georgia is fabulous Amelia Island.
15 minutes off I-95 and 20 minutes from northern Jacksonville, this island
has 13 miles of beautiful beaches, including Fernandina Beach and in 2008,
Conde Nast Traveler's reader's voted it number 6 in the Top 10 North American
Islands in their Reader's Choice Awards. This was the second consecutive
year Amelia Island has been the highest ranked island destination in Florida
and in this state, that's saying something. Amelia Island has world class
resorts and spas, quaint bed and breakfast inns, and many other places
to stay. While there you can explore historic Fort Clinch or catch one
of the many local festivals and events. If you're an outdoor enthusiast
you can enjoy pristine golf courses, hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking
horseback riding on the beach or take a sunset sail.
Jacksonville is a great city
to visit, live, to start or relocate a business or just spend a day. The
architecture, landscaping and river make this one Florida's most beautiful
cities. They have sports, a great downtown area, an excellent transit system,
museums, parks and a fantastic little island just off the coast what more
could a person ask for, Jacksonville truly has it all.
|About the Author - The largest
city in Florida is Jacksonville,
and the beautiful coastline make Jacksonville
Beach a favorite for travelers all over the southeast.
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HOTELS, FLORIDA, USA
browsing hotels in Jacksonville, Fl. and surrounding area
Western Hotel Jtb/Southpoint Jacksonville
convenient access to CSX Transportation, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville University
and a variety of Florida beaches while staying at this Jacksonville, Florida
hotel. Whether traveling for business or for pleasure, the Best Western
Hotel JTB/Southpoint has it all! This pet-friendly Jacksonville hotel offers
guests value, comfortable accommodations and a convenient location to a
variety of area attractions, beaches, businesses and points of interest
throughout the Jacksonville, Florida area. The Best Western Hotel JTB/Southpoint
offers travelers beautifully appointed guest rooms fully equipped with
cable satellite television with HBO®, CNN, ESPN and Disney.
Western Jacksonville Airport
Best Western Jacksonville Airport is located off I-95 in North Jacksonville,
Fla., two miles east of the Jacksonville International Airport. Area attractions
include the Jacksonville Zoo four miles away, the Jacksonville Coliseum,
10 miles from the hotel and the Riverwalk just 13 miles away. The hotel
is 12 miles north of downtown and 20 miles east of the beaches. The hotel's
buildings are connected by covered walkways and situated in a gated community
with a lush tropical landscape. A multilingual staff at the 24-front desk
can arrange for limo and town car service. Guests of the hotel enjoy complimentary
breakfasts each morning.
Suites Hotel Jacksonville
Embassy Suites Hotel is located eight miles southeast of downtown Jacksonville,
Fla. Baymeadows Golf Club is located one-half mile from the hotel. This
property offers buffet and cooked-to-order breakfasts each morning. A complimentary
manager's reception is hosted daily in the atrium lobby. The on-site Omaha
Steakhouse specializes in steaks and is open for lunch and dinner. The
complimentary business center houses two computer stations and offers fax,
photocopy and print services. Wireless Internet access is available throughout
the hotel for a fee. Recreational amenities feature an indoor pool and
spa tub. The complimentary 24-hour fitness center contains cardiovascular
Hospitality Inn is located 25 miles from the Jacksonville International
Airport, and 10 miles from downtown. This hotel offers affordable rates
for comfortable all ground floor rooms with plentiful amenities to make
any stay comfortable. All the rooms are tastefully decorated mini-suites
with fully equipped kitchen areas, including a full size refrigerator,
microwave oven, toaster oven, coffee maker, sink and counter area, and
dish service for four. The rooms feature either one king size bed with
a sofa sleeper and a recliner, or two queen size beds. All rooms include
cable television with 60+ channels including HBO and ESPN.
riverfront Hyatt Regency is located in Jacksonville, Fla. This property
stands in the downtown business district adjacent to Jacksonville Landing
shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. The Alltel Stadium is located
two miles away. The hotel lobby overlooks the river and houses Trellises
Restaurant. This cafe-style eatery offers seafood selections and American-style
fare. JAXX Sports Bar features five big-screen, plasma, high-definition
televisions tuned to sports events. The bar menu includes sandwiches, salads
and wings. Currents Lounge offers entertainment via plasma-screen televisions,
and serves Starbucks coffee.
Quinta Inn Jacksonville Mandarin/San Jose
Quinta Inn Jacksonville Mandarin/San Jose is a leader in providing comfort
and convenience at an affordable price. Amenities such as free local phone
calls, a large color TV, free voice mail for each guest, in-room coffee
and a complimentary USA Today newspaper are standard. We are growing rapidly
as we move into the century ahead and we are dedicated to continuing to
provide excellent lodging that meets the needs of our guests. A good location,
nice amenities and service that is unparalleled makes this property the
ideal choice for both business and leisure travelers.
Quinta Inn Jacksonville Airport North
La Quinta Inn Jacksonville Airport North is just south of Jacksonville
International Airport and offers free shuttle service to/from the airport
from 9am to 9pm. The hotel is located near several local attractions, including
Alltel Stadium and Prime-Osborn Convention Center. A great place to stay
while visiting Blount Island Marine Terminal, Mayport Naval Air Station,
and for Pre/Post Cruises departing Mayport. From here, visit Amelia Island,
Jacksonville Zoological Gardens, Imeson Park, Anheuser-Busch Brewery (and
Training Group Business), and the School of Healing Prayer.
Marriott Jacksonville (Fla.) is located in suburban Jacksonville, just
seven miles south of the city center and 10 miles from beaches. Breakfast,
lunch and dinner are available at Bistro 202, while cocktails and dinner
are served at the Lobby Bar. The hotel boasts 13 meeting rooms with over
13,000 square feet of flexible conference facilities. Business amenities
include event catering, an on-site 24-hour business center and high-speed
Internet access. Both an indoor and outdoor pool are available, along with
a spa tub and fitness room. Beds feature down comforters and designer duvets.
Amenities include cable television, minibar, coffeemaker and high-speed
Inn & Suites Baymeadows Jacksonville
Quality Inn & Suites Baymeadows provides its guests with a place to
relax at the end of a hectic day. Guests staying with the Quality Inn &
Suites Baymeadows enjoy the convenience of a complimentary continental
breakfast buffet and an evening manager's reception Monday through Thursday
nights. They may also delight in unwinding from the day in the beautiful
courtyard with outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. With the amenities and wonderful
staff, guests are ensured a memorable, enjoyable stay. Friendly and professional,
the hotel's well-trained staff pays attention to every detail and caters
to every guest's needs.
Conference Center Mandarin Jacksonville
Ramada Conference Center Mandarin offers its guests charming Southern hospitality
combined with well- appointed Ramada Inn hotel accommodations and thoughtful
amenities in a central upscale suburban area of Jacksonville, Florida.
When you are ready to venture out of the relaxing haven of your hotel room,
visit the large outdoor cloverleaf pool with separate children's wading
pool or enjoy the excitement of our game room. GiGi's restaurant serves
breakfast, lunch and dinner in a first class atmosphere. When the sun goes
down, relax in the Piano Bar, a favorite Jacksonville gathering place for
a casual evening of entertainment. If it's laughter you need, the Comedy
Zone features nationally known comedians.
Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk stands across from Jacksonville Landing
in Jacksonville, Fla. Prime Osbourne Convention Center is located less
than one mile away. Downtown Jacksonville and Alltel Stadium are located
one mile from this property. Dining choices include the casual St. John's
Café that serves buffet-style breakfasts and à la carte lunches.
Current lounge offers televisions tuned to sporting events and light dinner
fare. Wireless Internet access is complimentary in public areas. Recreational
amenities include an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center equipped
with cardiovascular equipment and free weights.
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