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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.

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