Welcome to Jacksonville
Anyone who thought that Florida was all about theme parks, glitz
and kitsch should take a trip to the north-east coast of the
Sunshine State, where the St John's River meets the Atlantic in
Duval County, to explore the sprawling delights of the biggest city
(by area) in the United States, Jacksonville.
The city's tourist authority boasts that Jacksonville hosts more
than five million visitors a year, and 'luckily we have room for a
few more'. Not surprising, because those who come in search of
winter sunshine have many pleasures in store in this attractive
city, which offers miles of uncrowded sandy beaches and some of the
world's greatest green golf courses, coupled with historic sites
and neighbourhoods, culture, unique shopping and dining, lively
nightlife and entertainment, river cruises, and a plethora of
events. There are also several nature and wildlife reserves within
the city limits.
It is no wonder that a major cruise line uses its busy
Jaxportterminal as a base for Bahamian cruises.
Many visitors who enjoy what Jacksonville has to offer are cruise
passengers who spend a few days before or after their cruise to
explore the city and surrounds.
It may be a big, modern city today, but Jacksonville still
retains its tranquil southern charm with oaks lining the avenues
and lawns spreading alongside the river, with friendly locals
greeting passers-by from their porch-swings. For visitors there is
seldom a dull moment with art galleries to marvel at, a brewery
tour to totter through, warm water to dip in, museums to trawl, the
riverside market to browse through, historic architecture to
admire, delectable restaurants to sample, and so much more.
Information & Facts
Jacksonville experiences a humid subtropical climate
characterised by mild winter weather and hot summer weather.
Average daytime temperatures throughout the year reach around 64F
to 91F (18C to 33C) and thunderstorms are common during summer
afternoons, due to the high humidity in Jacksonville. Winters can
be extremely cold and hard freezes during the night are not
uncommon, but extreme temperatures are usually short-lived.
Although Jacksonville is located on the edge of the hurricane belt,
it does not experience the full force of passing hurricanes, though
tropical storms are common throughout the hurricane season.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.