Welcome to Jacksonville, let me help you with a quick guide on how to spend the best inclusive weekend!
One Ocean Resort & Spa, located in the heart of Atlantic Beach, is a true local gem. It’s close to shops, restaurants and bars, and most importantly right on the beach with direct access to the water.
The hotel is fully accessible throughout, and one of the best features that doubles as accessible is their text communication. After checking in as a guest, you’ll receive a text message from the front desk wishing you a pleasant stay and offering assistance for anything from a request for towels to more complex assistance requests that can be made through a text message.
The room has a soft beach vibe that brings instant calmness, and the partial ocean view is unbeatable. The room is ADA accessible with a lowered bed, one nightstand that is out of the way for better wheelchair access and a fully accessible bathroom including a shower chair.
After you’re settled in, it’s time for lunch
Azurea at One Ocean is an award-winning restaurant recently named among the “best in the world” by Forbes Travel Guide. It’s spacious with wheelchair friendly tables at an excellent height. The restaurant has an open view of the patio and pool area, which also overlooks the ocean. The staff is the friendliest I have encountered in a long time; they explain the menu in detail and throw in a few recommendations.
The full bar can cater to a wide variety of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. I went with a classic prosecco and a splash of Chambord raspberry liquor.
The local catch trio is a definite go-to because you get three different flavors of white fish: bronzed, beurre blanc and coriander dusted. For dessert, the chocolate raspberry Chambord torte had my heart, but I also sampled the classic vanilla bean crème brulee and iconic Florida Keys lime cheesecake.
After lunch, and possibly a cozy nap in you room, let’s go kayaking – but make it adaptive
Jacksonville has several adaptive kayak launches spread throughout the city, in partnership with Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation who hold monthly clinics staffed with volunteers to assist for a day full of fun.
The volunteers truly take the kayaking experience to a new level. Their goal is to adapt the kayak to you and tailor the entire experience to individual needs. Some of the adaptations include cushions to sit higher and comfortably, padding the front end of the kayak so there isn’t extra space and your feet are touching the foam pads, and assisted kayaking.
I don’t know about you, but animals have my heart and I have the best (and accessible) place for you to meet the cutest farm animals
Celestial Farms is a not-for-profit farm, animal rescue and education center providing sanctuary homes for a variety of animals. The farm offers a unique opportunity for people of all ages to visit, connect and learn about nature and farm life. They cater to people of all abilities making the farm fully inclusive.**Note: Celestial Farms is currently closed.
The animals friendly and adorable, many of them ready for gentle pets and treats. An afternoon at Celestial Farms is the perfect way to wind down.