Spanning the St. Johns River, Jacksonville is a gem on the south Atlantic coast. Downtown Jacksonville is a vibrant center of activity during weekdays and on weekend afternoons and evenings, when many locals head to the restaurants and bars of Jacksonville Landing and Southbank Riverwalk. These two dining-and-entertainment complexes face each other across the river and have helped to revitalize the downtown area.
Transportation to Jacksonville is easy. Jacksonville International Airport – JAX – is located 12 miles north of downtown. The airport is served by most major airlines. Transportation from the airport to the hotel is available by taxi, rental car, or shuttle. Express Shuttle (tel. 904/353-8880; www.airportexpresspickup.com ) provides van service to and from hotels and resorts throughout the area. Per-person fares are about $25 to downtown Jacksonville. If you are planning photography in the area, a rental car is suggested.