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    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.

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    Jacksonville experiences a humid subtropical climate characterised by mild winter weather (December to February) and hot summer weather (June to August). Average daytime temperatures in summer hover between 64°F (18°C) and 91°F (33°C), and thunderstorms are common during summer afternoons, due to the high humidity in Jacksonville. Winters can be cold, with temperatures ranging between 41°F (5°C) and 68°F (20°C), and hard freezes during the night are not uncommon, but extreme temperatures are usually short-lived. Snow is extremely rare in Jacksonville. Despite the city's location on the edge of the hurricane belt, Jacksonville does not experience the full force of passing hurricanes, though tropical storms are common throughout the hurricane season, between August and October.

    Jacksonville International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated 14 miles (23km) north of downtown Jacksonville.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: All ground transportation services, including rental car agencies, taxi, and limousine services, are located on the lower level of the terminal building, adjacent to baggage claim. Some hotels offer pick-up services, and shuttle companies offer a door-to-door service to nearby destinations. These services should be booked in advance, if possible.
    Car Rental: Car hire companies represented include Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and Thrifty.
    Airport Taxis: Gator City Taxi is the official taxi company serving the airport. It is a good idea to book a taxi at the desk in the terminal and enquire about rates beforehand, as the drivers have been known to overcharge tourists.
    Fascilities: The airport has numerous ATMs, bars, cafes, restaurants and shops. There is a nursing room, a spa, an art gallery, a pet relief area, and a meditation room available at the airport. There are also fax and photocopy facilities available.
    Parking Parking in all lots is charged at $2 per 30 minutes. Daily rates start from $20 in the Hourly Lot, $17 in the Daily Lot, $11 in the Daily Surface Lot, and $6 in Economy Lots 1 and 2.

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    Although many visitors do choose to hire a car, it is possible to get around Jacksonville using public transport. The elevated Skyway provides free transport around downtown Jacksonville on weekdays from 6am-9pm. The charming Riverside Trolley is also useful for tourists, and departs roughly every 20 minutes weekdays. Taxis and rental cars are also available and those hiring cars will find that Jacksonville is easy to navigate and provides plenty of public parking.

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