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Resorts & Popular Destinations

Resorts & Popular Destinations

FLORIDA
Amelia Island/Fernandina
Perhaps one of Northeast Florida’s best-loved resort destinations, Amelia Island boasts Victorian-style mansions, an historic shopping district, and a quaint seaport village in historic Fernandina. Home to Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island is only 30 minutes from Jacksonville International Airport. It is also home to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, the Amelia Island Film Festival, and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

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Amelia Island State Park

An easy drive from Jacksonville, this park provides visitors a glimpse of the original Florida. It boasts more than 200 acres of unspoiled wilderness, beautiful beaches, salt marshes, and coastal maritime forests. Amelia Island State Park is also unique in that it is one of the only state parks in the Northeast to offer horseback riding and riding tours on the beach.

Fort Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach, FL

A part of the park system since 1935, Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps began preserving and rebuilding many of the structures of the abandoned fort. Daily tours with period actors depicting garrison life are just one of the draws for this artfully preserved slice of history.

For more information: www.ameliaisland.com

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Travel Time from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX): Approximately 35 minutes by car, shuttle, or taxi.
Fare from International Airport (JAX) to Amelia Island: $55
(with Towncar upgrade: $65)

Popular Resorts and Hotels
Amelia Island Plantation
6800 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, FL 32034
Phone: 888.261.6161 or 904.261.6161
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
4750 Amelia Island Pkwy, Amelia Island, FL 32034
Phone: 904.277.1100
Elizabeth Pointe Lodge
98 South Fletcher Ave., Amelia Island, FL 32034
Phone: 800.772.3359

St . Augustine
Take a step back in time and visit St. Augustine, America’s oldest city! Also called the “Ancient City,” Saint Augustine is located between North East and Central East Florida and is convenient to Jacksonville, Orlando, and Daytona airports. Its cobblestone streets, quaint cafes, restaurants, and B&Bs make it the perfect family or romantic get-away!

Castillo de San Marcos Shuttle

Castillo de San Marcos
Taking 23 years to build (1672-1695), this fortress served as the city’s outer defenses−Fort Mose to the north and Fort Matanzas to the south. The Castillo and the town are outstanding reminders of the might of the early Spanish empire in the New World.

 

 

Fort Matanzas
Built 1740-1742, Fort Matanzas is a well-preserved masonry watchtower fort constructed by the Spanish. The fort played a strategic role in warning St. Augustine of potential enemy advancements from the south via the Matanzas River.

Flagler College
Located in what was once Henry Flagler’s first St. Augustine hotel, the Ponce de Leon, Flagler College offers 20 majors and 26 minors in selected studies emphasizing liberal arts, education, and business. With the recent purchase of the Florida East Coast Railway building, the new student center on Sevilla Street, and expansions of the art building and galleries, Flagler College continues to grow in its commitment to education.

For more information: www.oldcity.com
Travel Time from Jacksonville Int’l Airport (JAX): Approximately 60 minutes by car, shuttle, or taxi.
Fare from Jacksonville Int’l Airport (JAX) to St. Augustine: $70-$90
(with Towncar upgrade: $80-$100)

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Popular Resorts and Hotels
Casa Monica
95 Cordova St., St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904.827.1888 or 800.648.1888


World Golf Village
100 Front 9 Dr., St Augustine, FL 32092
Phone: 904.940.2000


The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village
500 South Legacy Tr., St. Augustine, FL 32092
Phone: 904.940.8000

Gainesville
Gainesville is home to the University of Florida, one of the largest universities in the United States. Gainesville is also known historically and colloquially as “Hogtown” after a Seminole village by the same name located near what is now called Hogtown Creek. Dozens of examples of restored Victorian and Queen Anne style residences constructed in the city’s agricultural heyday of the 1880s and 1890s can be found here. Ranked as the #1 place to live in the 2007 edition of Cities Ranked and Rated, Gainesville was also ranked as one of the “best places to live and play” in 2007 by National Geographic Adventure. A known supporter of the visual arts, Gainesville hosts two large art festivals each year: The Spring Arts Festival (hosted by Santa Fe College) and The Downtown Festival and Art Show (hosted by the City of Gainesville).

For more information: www.visitgainesville.com

Travel Time from Jacksonville Int’l Airport (JAX): Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes by car, shuttle, or taxi.
Fare from Jacksonville Int’l Airport (JAX) to Gainesville: $120-$140
(with Towncar upgrade: $130-$150)

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Popular Resorts and Hotels
Best Western Gateway Grand
4200 Northwest 97th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32606-3742
Phone: 352.331.3336


Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
1714 Southwest 34th Street
Gainesville, FL 32607
Phone: 352.371.3600


Holiday Inn Gainesville-University Center
1250 West University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone: 877.863.4780
Herlong Mansion B&B
402 Northeast Cholokka Boulevard
Micanopy, FL 32667-4107
Phone: 352.466.3322

Ponte Vedra Beach
Recognized by Money Magazine as the “Best Place To Live In Florida,” Ponte Vedra Beach is in St. Johns County, 18 miles southeast of downtown Jacksonville and 26 miles north of St. Augustine. Best known for its association with golf, it is the home of the ATP Tour, the PGA Tour, and The Players Championship.. Sawgrass is also the new home of The MPS Group Championships, a women’s tennis tournament. Tennis and boating are other popular activities.

Ponte Vedra JAX Shuttle

For more information: http://www.pontevedrachamber.org/

Travel Time from Jacksonville Int’l Airport (JAX): Approximately 40 minutes by car, shuttle, or taxi.
Fare from Jacksonville Int’l Airport (JAX) to Ponte Vedra Beach: $55-$75
(with Towncar upgrade: $65-$85)

 

 

Popular Resorts and Hotels
The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
200 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Phone: 904.285.1111

The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach
607 Ponte Vedra Blvd. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Phone: 904.273.9500

The Marriott at Sawgrass
1000 PGA Tour Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Phone: 904.285.7777
Hilton Garden Inn
45 PGA Tour Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Phone: 904.280.1661

SOUTH GEORGIA

Jekyll Island, GA

Midway between Savannah and Jacksonville, Jekyll Island is an island off the coast of the Georgia, in Glynn County; it is one of the Sea Islands and one of the Golden Isles of Georgia. Explore miles of barrier island beaches and dune lines edging unbothered woodlands. Its beaches are frequented by vacationers and guided tours of the Landmark Historic District are available.

For more information: www.jekyllisland.com

Travel Time from Jacksonville Int’l Airport (JAX): Approximately 1 hour, 10 minutes by car, shuttle, or taxi.
Fare from Jacksonville Int’l Airport (JAX) to Jekyll Island: $100
(with Towncar upgrade: $110)
Jekyll Island JAX Shuttle

 

 

 

Popular Resorts and Hotels
Jekyll Island Club Hotel
371 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island GA 31527
Phone: 800.535.9547
Hampton Inn & Suites
200 South Beachview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Phone: 912.635.3733

www.jekyllislandhamtponinn.comOceanside Inn and Suites
711 North Beachview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Phone: 912.635.2211 or 866.553.5955

St. Simons Island, GA
St. Simons Island is the largest of Georgia‘s renowned Golden Isles The town is also a resort community and has many seasonal residents, as well as a steady base of year-round residents. The original octagonal lighthouse was established in 1811, but destroyed in 1861 during the Civil War by Confederate forces to prevent its use by Union forces. A replacement was completed in 1872 and is still operational. The current structure is an active lighthouse for navigational purposes, as well as a museum, and is open to the public.

Travel Time from Jacksonville Int’l Airport (JAX): Approximately 1 hour by car, shuttle, or taxi.
Fare from Jacksonville Int’l Airport (JAX) to St. Simons Island: $110
(with Towncar upgrade: $120)
St. Simons Island JAX Shuttle

For more information: www.stsimonsguide.com

 

 

 

 

Popular Resorts and Hotels
The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island
1000 Hampton Point Dr., St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Phone: 888.733.5774 or 912.638.7472


The Village Inn & Pub
500 Mallory St., Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
Phone: 912.634.6056 or 800.635.6111


The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

201 Arnold Rd., St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Phone: 800.342.0212
The Cloister at Sea Island
100 Salt Marsh Ln., St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
Phone:
888.732.4752