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4.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

By Jodi Thompson
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Jacksonville

Jacksonville offers a great blend of outdoor appeal. It's got terrific beaches -- in fact, some 21 miles worth begins just a dozen miles from downtown. Other attractions include golf courses and hiking and cycling trails. The city's cultural scene is vibrant. Jacksonville is also a great family destination because so many of its attractions are kid-friendly.

About Jacksonville


Pro

Great beaches, golf courses, huge shopping centers and an overall kid-friendly atmosphere

Con

It's tough to get around to all the sights without a car

Bottom Line

If you can't find it in Jacksonville, there's nearby access to St. Augustine and Amelia Island


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And, finally, Jacksonville (and surrounding areas like St. Augustine) boasts something that few Florida ports of call can -- there's a lot of nearby history.

Where You're Docked

Jacksonville Cruise Port Address:
9810 August Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226

Ships currently dock at Jaxport's Dames Point Cruise Terminal (9810 August Drive), although the city is looking to build a new cruise port. Dames Point is about a 15-minute drive from downtown, and even closer to the airport.

Good to Know

As with any big city -- and Jacksonville is very large geographically -- use common sense to keep safe. Don't flash valuables or walk around alone at night. Locals suggest avoiding the northwestern area of the city at night.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Currency is the U.S. dollar, and ATM's are readily available.

Language

English is spoken.

Shopping

A “Don't Give Up the Ship!” t-shirt from Adams Class Naval Ship Museum Store (904-647-5177) in Jacksonville Landing.

Or a dual-logo golf shirt from TPC Sawgrass Golf Shop for you or the duffer in your life. If you're style-challenged, enlist one of their personal shoppers to help. (110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach; 904-273-3235)


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