Additional places to visit within a close proximity to the Jacksonville area.
Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach:
Located less than 30 minutes north of the Jacksonville International Airport is Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach. Amelia Island is a golf and spa haven for leisure and business travelers. Fernandina Beach to the north is a quaint historic town known for its artwork, antiques and boutiques. Some must see attractions on Amelia Island are Fort Clinch State Park which served as a military post during the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War II; Amelia Island Lighthouse which began operating in 1839 and still operates today and American Beach, which was founded in 1935 by A.L. Lewis, Florida's first African-American millionaire. It served as the only beach opened to African-Americans until the late 1960s.
Palm Coast/Flagler County:
Flanked by the Atlantic and bisected by the Intracoastal Waterway you'll find Palm Coast, approximately 45 minutes south of Jacksonville. The area has slowly evolved into a fully functional resort community with its own natural elegance. Whether it's a golf course view or an ocean view you're sure to find a resort to suit your taste. Looking for a relaxing getaway filled with great golf and spa treatments? Don't miss the Hammock Beach Resort, located along the oceanfront with golf courses designed by Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus.
St. Augustine/Ponte Vedra Beach:
St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city, features magnificent attractions and historic landmarks at virtually every turn. Guided tours on buses and trams are a great way to appreciate the city's splendor and stop at all the major points of interest that include an authentic Spanish fort and the Fountain of Youth.
You'll also want to consider a scenic boat ride or helicopter tour. Just off I-95 in St. Augustine is a bargain hunter's dream, the St. Augustine Premium Outlets and the Prime Outlets. Nearby, a golfer's paradise awaits at the World Golf Village with two exhilarating golf courses, the World Golf Hall of Fame and an IMAX® Theater. Haven't had enough time on the greens? Stop in Ponte Vedra, host to THE PLAYERS Championship. Away from the tee box are upscale restaurants and shops.