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Jacksonville 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.

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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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Best Western Hotel Jtb/Southpoint Jacksonville
Enjoy 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. 
Best Western Jacksonville Airport
The 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.
Embassy Suites Hotel Jacksonville
The 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 equipment. 
Hospitality Inn Jacksonville
The 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.
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
The 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. 
La Quinta Inn Jacksonville Mandarin/San Jose
La 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.
La Quinta Inn Jacksonville Airport North
The 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
The 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 Internet access. 
Quality Inn & Suites Baymeadows Jacksonville
The 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. 
Ramada Conference Center Mandarin Jacksonville
The 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
The 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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