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Jacksonville's Southern Hospitality Shines with Hip, Historic and Luxurious Destinations

Jacksonville is known as the "River City by the Sea" and boasts over 70 golf courses. She hosts numerous music festivals throughout the year attracting fans to her her expansive coastline. One of the top "25 Cities for Art" a Symphony, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Broadway series entertain while the dining culture proudly celebrates national recognition.

If you are vacationer looking for an eco-adventure, Jacksonville (also known as the First Coast) boasts 85,000 acres of parks you can escape to for serenity. Family getaway on the calendar? 22 miles of flawless beaches and attractions like the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and Adventure Landing will ensure you'll have plenty to do.

NFL team the Jacksonville Jaguars make Everbank Field downtown their home, and hotels like the Crowne Plaza Riverfront will keep you close to the action.

Play like a Pro with exclusive access to "THE PLAYERS Championship" Stadium Course at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa, or celebrate an iconic history at Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant.

You’ll find trendy Boutique hotels are popping up all over Jacksonville making locals and visitors alike embrace the intimate atmosphere it invites. Whether you are looking to “plug in” at the social Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park, or “unplug” at the neighborhood friendly Hotel Indigo Jacksonville Deerwood Park you will find the kind of warm welcome only the south could create.


Four Points by Sheraton Jacksonville Beachfront is at the heart of all the action at the beaches. Steps from well known live music venues like the Beaches Pavillion, and legendary Free Bird Live you'll find plenty of nightlife nearby. Rent a beach chair and catch some Florida sunshine, or visit one of the local attractions like Adventure Landing water park. Four Point's 72 oceanfront two-room suites provide comfort for the whole family in an idyllic setting minutes from landmark nature preserves like Hanna Park, and the Jacksonville Fishing Pier. Enjoy craft beer? Four Points by Sheraton is located just around the corner from some of Jacksonville's more notable artisan destinations.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Affordable two-room suites are hard to come by at the beach and this location has 72, making it great for families.

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Enjoy the neighborhood at Hotel Indigo Tapestry Park. Created with a hometown feel, this fresh, boutique hotel will have you feeling right at home. Known for it's hospitality and modern design Hotel Indigo's pet friendly reputation keeps visitors coming back again and again. The kids will love the pool, and you'll love the hardwood floors and plush bedding. Business travelers will find plenty of meeting space and stay in shape at the fitness center or local running paths. Grab a snack to go at the 98 Forty Bar and Bistro and discover local shopping and nightlife steps away at the Tapestry Park shopping center. Located in the heart of the city this spot is halfway to the beaches or downtown Jacksonville.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Hotel Indigo is a boutique style hotel that meshes with the local neighborhood and embraces our furry friends.

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This modern hotel sports a chic loft style design that's popular amongst the tech savvy. Located on the Southside of Jacksonville, Aloft Tapestry Park has been embraced by the local social scene for fashionable get togethers. Indeed the Aloft brand has been created with a social mindset from it's sophisticated pool to it's W XYZ Bar. Play pool in the Re:Mix lounge or catch some retail therapy at the nearby St. Johns Town Center outdoor mall. With ample meeting space, Aloft also sets a striking scene for your next business meeting or event.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: You'll love the loft style rooms and social atmosphere. Located in the heart of the city you're minutes from anywhere you want to be.

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The Casa Marina is a Jacksonville Beach treasure nearly 100 years old. Sitting steps away from the Jacksonville Pier, J Johnson Gallery, and rising local culinary hot spots, this ole girl proves that great taste never goes out of style. Mediterranean inspired design sets the scene of timeless elegance and sophistication. The Penthouse Bar serves as an ideal hang out to embrace the ocean breeze and relax with a cool drink and tapas complete with a bird's eye view of the beaches. Sunday brunch has been a favorite among the locals for years now, and never ceases to impress. Stay in one of the twenty three individually themed rooms designed to pay homage to the Golden Years of this glamorous hotel.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Like a fine wine, this hotel gets better with time. Go back in time to the glamorous era of the 1920s while enjoying modern hospitality.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jacksonville Riverfront
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If you are looking for a more urban experience, trade the ocean for the river and stay at the newly renovated Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel. You'll enjoy being front and center to downtown Jacksonville's breathtaking riverscape where you can visit the nearby Jacksonville Landing for dining and shopping, or head on over for a game at Everbank Field. Make reservations at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse located on site with riverfront views that impress especially at night. If you love craft beer and creative cocktails you are just around the corner from the epicenter of Jacksonville's craft beer scene making the Crowne Plaza the perfect spot for culinary ventures.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Crowne Plaza is conveniently located near downtown's many attractions. Recent renovations exceed expectations, and fine dining onsite satisfies tastebuds.

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Play on one of three championship golf courses, indulge in a sumptuous spa experience, or soak up the sun on the multi-tiered pool deck. Whatever you can imagine, you can do at the newly renovated Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. A perfect romantic getaway, family retreat, or destination wedding venue. Tour Amelia Island's preserved natural landscape (just thirty minutes from the Jacksonville airport) by segway, bike, or island hopper. Young ones will enjoy the award winning kids camp, nature center, or variety of water sports available. Adults looking for a little refreshment must visit the Rum + Tequila Experience, a boutique bar dedicated to artisanal spirits, where mixologists will whip up something just your style. Local attractions within a forty mile radius include the Jacksonville Zoo, Jacksonville Museum of Science and History, and Fort Clinch State Park leaving no lack of things to do during your Omni Amelia Island visit.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: An 85 million dollar Re-Imagination of the Omni makes it a destination full of fun for the whole family. Did I mention the amazing pool?

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Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

With eighty plus years of excellence in service and hospitality, the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club boasts a legacy lasting generations. This charming retreat on the sea is a family vacation favorite for it's well preserved beaches, and plethora of recreational offerings including tennis, world class golf, four stunning pools, and an 8,000 sq ft oceanfront fitness center. Make sure after all the excitement to schedule a pampering session at the award winning spa, a 30,000 sq ft state of the art facility that is the epitome of sophisticated elegance. A local landmark full of prestige and history, at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club you are only 30 minutes from downtown Jacksonville, and 40 minutes from St. Augustine. Whether your'e visiting for a family vacation, wedding, business meeting, or sports outing you'll feel right at home at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Ponte Vedra Inn and Club is a class act where families unite and the business savvy network.

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If you are looking for an ideal rejuvenating Golf and Spa retreat, look no further than Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa. This newly renovated destination is located on the historic coastline of Ponte Vedra Beach, minutes from downtown Jacksonville and St. Augustine. Enjoy this peaceful locale surrounded by natural riches including pristine beaches, and Guana State Park just a few miles away. Gain exclusive access to THE PLAYERS Championship golf course at TPC Sawgrass and play like a pro. When hunger calls visit Vernon's, their signature restaurant, for tasty locally inspired cuisine and hand crafted cocktails. Traveling with kids? There is plenty to keep them entertained including the Cabana Beach Club where they can enjoy surfing, kayaking, and more with the Kids Club. Rounding out the Sawgrass Marriott, is their 61,000 sq ft meeting and conference space making this the perfect spot for your next business event or celebration.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Sawgrass Marriott is the perfect beach resort for golf aficionados, and families, not to mention their vast meeting and conference space.

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The luxurious AAA Five Diamond designated Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is situated on a barrier island just thirty minutes from the Jacksonville International Airport. With miles of untouched beaches just outside your private balcony, the stress of the world will melt away. Find "Heaven in a Hammock" at the Ritz-Carlton Spa, or rediscover your inner calm with their unique "Himalayan Salt Crystal Therapies". Get active with PGA Championship Golf, tennis, or ocean sports like kayaking all on property. World class service and elevated dishes will impress at award winning fine dining restaurant Salt. The Ritz-Carlton offers the ultimate in luxury on their Club Level where you can indulge in a variety of culinary treats presented throughout the day. Be sure to give the kids their own special adventure with pirate tuck ins and plenty of activities available through the Ritz Kids program.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: As one of the few AAA Five Diamond designated hotels in Florida, The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island experience is truly one of a kind.

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One Ocean Resort and Spa is is a luxurious getaway by the sea. Located a stones throw from Jacksonville city limits in Atlantic Beach, Fl. It shares the local coastline with a charming neighborhood town center where shopping and refreshment can be found. Housing 193 ocean front guest rooms and suites, this destination is just minutes from downtown Jacksonville and St. Augustine. One Ocean is a convenient place to stay if you are visiting for an NFL football game, or planning to play golf at one of the many legendary courses nearby. Personal docent service for each room, ensures guests needs are always met. Pay close attention to the stimulating artwork spaced through out the resort, including coral inspired installations and suspended water droplets. Make sure to visit One Ocean's Award winning restaurant Azurea, and relax with ocean inspired treatments at the Spa.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: One Ocean makes it to the top of the list as an exceptional destination that impresses with it's design, hospitality, and service.

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