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Jacksonville Beach

Jacksonville is the largest city by area in the U.S., and it’s the most populated city in Florida. That means there is something for everyone … from sports fans to families to foodies … and more!

Jacksonville is where the NFL Jaguars call home. They play at the spectacular Everbank field. Golfers can take their pick of award-winning courses and visit the PGA Tour’s World Golf Village and the World Golf Hall of Fame.

For the savvy shopper, a stop at the luxurious St. Johns Town Center is a must. This upscale open-air mall features more than 100 stores and includes brands like Apple, Sephora, Nordstrom, Pottery Barn and Ann Taylor.

But there’s one place everyone can agree on … Jacksonville’s breathtaking beaches.

There are 22 miles of sand and surf just minutes from downtown. And one hotel stands out for its distinctive look and feel.

Overlooking Jacksonville Beach is the historic Casa Marina Hotel, which opened in 1925. In 2005 the hotel was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a Historic Hotel of America.

Take a 360-degree view of a Casa Marina bedroom (select the toggle fullscreen option to enlarge, then use your keyboard’s arrow keys or your mouse to move inside the image).

The Casa Marina has an intimate feel with only 23 guest rooms. Many are parlor suites and include a separate living room, hallway and bedroom.

Take a 360-degree view of a Casa Marina living room (select the toggle fullscreen option to enlarge, then use your keyboard’s arrow keys or your mouse to move inside the image).

And it’s all just steps away from the beach.

You’ll also enjoy fine dining for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch in the Casa Marina’s Penthouse Lounge. Or venture outside the hotel for some unique local options.

Take a 360-degree view of the Casa Marina ballroom (select the toggle fullscreen option to enlarge, then use your keyboard’s arrow keys or your mouse to move inside the image).

Fans of Diners, Drive-ins & Dives will recognize the Metro Diner. It’s hard to choose among such favorites as Charleston Shrimp, Huevos Rancheros and Chicken and Waffles topped with Strawberry Butter. 

You can’t visit Jacksonville Beach without sampling some local seafood. The staff at Joe’s Crab Shack will keep you entertained while you’re enjoying fresh-caught crabs, shrimp and more.

Looking for a fine-dining experience during your stay? Ocean 60 has an elegant ambiance and an eclectic menu inspired by the owner’s travels around the world.

Points to keep in mind:

  • Learn about the history of the North Florida beaches at the Beaches Museum & History Park.
  • Kids will love the state parks and the Jacksonville Zoo.
  • Enjoy minor-league baseball and arena football.

If you’re ready to discover the rest of Florida, don’t miss a chance to explore Jacksonville and its beaches.

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