The city of Jacksonville, on the northeast coast of the Sunshine State, hosts millions of visitors a year. Those who come in search of winter sunshine to one of the biggest cities in the United States will be offered miles of uncrowded beaches and some of the world's best golf courses. This is coupled with historic sites and neighbourhoods, unique shopping and dining, lively nightlife and entertainment, and river cruises. There are also several nature and wildlife reserves within the city limits.
A popular seaside city, Jacksonville's busy 'Jaxport' terminal is used as a base for Bahamian cruises. Many visitors who visit Jacksonville are cruise passengers spending a few days before or after their cruise exploring the city and surrounds. Jacksonville Landing (located downtown on the north bank of St John's River) is a hub of restaurants and nightlife in Jacksonville, while Hemming Plaza is surrounded by museums and beautiful city buildings that will appeal to sightseers. Just off the coast are several worthwhile sites, including Amelia Island, a popular weekend destination, drawing tourists with its golf and tennis resorts, and stunning scenery.
Despite being a modern city, Jacksonville still retains its southern charm, with oak-lined avenues, lawns spreading alongside the river, and friendly locals greeting passers-by from their porch-swings. There is seldom a dull moment for travellers, with art galleries, a brewery tour, warm waters, museums, the riverside market, historic architecture, delectable restaurants, and so much more.