Just across the border from Georgia, but with a sandy coastline along the Atlantic, Jacksonville is the convergence of quintessential Florida beach town and proper Southern city. The city’s many islands, rivers, and beaches mean there’s more beauty than one has time to sit around and sigh over.
But should beach life not sustain you for days on end, the San Marcos neighborhood has an excellent theater, and there are a number of wild animal experiences in town. So grab the keys to a Jacksonville airport car rental and start crossing some bridges.
Cruise over to the string of glorious beaches just east of downtown, and stop in at these well-known Jacksonville gems.
Jacksonville is not short on beaches, but this island park is hard to beat. Head over to where the Atlantic washes up on pristine shores and otters traverse the salt marsh.
While the extensive art collection at the Cummer is legit, the museum’s art education and community events in the manicured 2.5 acre gardens make it super fun and accessible.
Home of the PGA Golf Tour and Player’s Championship, this groomed, upscale resort area is one of the best places to golf in the country, and the rolling dunes on the beach aren’t too shabby either.
An hour south in your Jacksonville car rental gets you to the red tiled roofs and elaborate fountains leftover from the city’s founding in 1566 by the Spanish. The Ancient City remains a delight to explore.
Dust off your Jacksonville car rental for the quick jaunt north to this barrier island, where the beaches are swept with white quartz sand and you’ll find the oldest bar in Florida.
This is the ultimate swimming hole. Pack your Jacksonville car rental with inflatable tubes and hit this series of nine sparkling blue springs, where even manatees come to splash around.
While this entire highway is overflowing with palm-lined ocean views, the stretch between Fernandina Beach and St. Augustine is a real treat in a drop top Jacksonville car rental.
Roll down the windows on your Jacksonville car rental for this causal meander along the St. Johns River. You’ll pass beneath moss-laden oaks and by historic homes, like that of the writer Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Head west to Perry in your Jacksonville car rental to pick up this seaside highway that runs through wildlife preserves, before zipping between the Gulf coast and the Apalachicola Forest.