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Jacksonville is great, but don't just take our word for it! Here's what travel journalists are writing and blogging about our destination all over the world.

2018

DECEMBER

5 Great Places to Eat if you're Visiting Jacksonville. FORBES

The 20 Best Christmas Towns in Florida. COASTAL LIVING


NOVEMBER

Golden Spoon Winner.FLORIDA TREND

The World's Best Surf Cities. SURFLINE

The Best Destination for Millennials. HOME TO GO

The 10 Best Big Cities to Love in Right Now. TIME


OCTOBER

22 Breweries and Cideries That Double as Wedding Venues. MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS


SEPTEMBER

Kids Free November: Jacksonville Celebrates Family Time. ALLEGIANT SUNSEEKER OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2018

Florida’s First Coast is sprucing up with a slew of new hotels and attractions. MEETINGS TODAY

The Lexington Hotel & Conference Center Review. GLOBAL TRAVELER

One Day in Jacksonville Itinerary: Top Things to do in Jacksonville, Florida. ONEDAYITINERARY.COM

'Geocaching' Challenge Kicks off this Weekend in Jacksonville. FIRST COAST NEWS

Cruise Choices: Florida ports offer plenty of pre- and post-cruise action USA TODAY: GO ESCAPE (Winter 2018 Print issue)


AUGUST

6 Surprising Reasons to Visit Jacksonville. FLIRTING WITH THE GLOBE

America's Most Beautiful Beer Trails. OCT.CO

Taking the Kids: What's New at Museums for Families. LA TIMES

6 Beach Vacations That Craft Beer Drinkers Need To Try. TRIVAGO MAGAZINE

Go: Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is one of National Park Service's more unusual sites. THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT

The must-visit farmers market in each state. POLICY GENIUS

This Secret Gem on the Coast Is Actually Getting Cool Again. THRILLIST

Thrillist Loves Jacksonville. WJCT First Coast Connect

3 Companies Offer Bids for New Jacksonville Convention Center. FLORIDA TIMES-UNION


JULY

48 Hours in Jacksonville: The Ideal Family Itinerary. TOP FLIGHT FAMILY

Glorious Food Tour of the First Coast. DAVIDS BEEN HERE

Surf & Turf with GIANT OYSTER at Cowford Chophouse. DAVIDS BEEN HERE

SIZZLING Tex Mex FEAST + Rice Farm Tour and JAX Craft Beers. DAVIDS BEEN HERE

EXQUISITE Fine Dining in JAX with Bone Marrow & Foie Gras + Craft Beers | Jacksonville, Florida. DAVIDS BEEN HERE

Spicy CHICKEN & WAFFLES from HEAVEN at Metro Diner | Jacksonville, Florida. DAVIDS BEEN HERE

Stop in Jacksonville for the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament – DRIVE i-95


JUNE

Jehovah’s Witnesses Returning To Jacksonville For 2 Arena Conventions, WJCT

Jacksonville is the Perfect Family Getaway, ALLEGIANT SUNSEEKER (Read it in the June/July Issue)


MAY

A Day Trip in Jacksonville, Florida: 7 Things To Do and Eat. TRAVELLING FOODIE

6 Super Florida Family Vacation Ideas (That Are Not Disney). TRAVELING MOM

Dog (and Family)-Friendly Adventures in Jacksonville, FL. LIFE WITH MUTTS

Where To Eat in Jacksonville, Florida: 10 Restaurants You Must Try. TRAVELLING FOODIE

Visit Jacksonville reports record-breaking tourism visitation numbers in 2018. JACKSONVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL


APRIL

Why You Should Book a Trip to Jacksonville, FL. SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE


MARCH

Jacksonville, Florida: Water World- Beach Life- City Buzz. SHORT WEEKS LONG WEEKENDS


FEBRUARY

The 26.1 With Donna Race Recap. MOMS MAGICAL MILES

What to Experience in Jacksonville. MOMS MAGICAL MILES

Visit Jacksonville Unveils New Ad Campaign. TRAVEL PULSE

Florida itinerary: Jacksonville. GROUPTOUR.COM

We Can't Believe How Cool Jacksonville is Being Right Now. SOUTHERNLIVING.COM

My Favorite Things to do in Jacksonville, Florida. THE TAYLOR HOUSE

10 Reasons to Explore Jacksonville's African American Heritage Trail. NBC RIGHT NOW


JANUARY

We Can't Believe How Cool Jacksonville Is Being Right Now. FOOD & WINE (We totally can believe it BTW!)

17 Things To Do in Jacksonville, Florida. TRAVEL + LEISURE

10 Best Florida Vacations That Aren't Disney World. FAMILYVACATIONCRITIC.COM

Fun Things To Do in Jacksonville Florida. WHEREVERIMAYROAM.COM

Festivals and Other Events in the Sunshine State. NEWSDAY

Ready to Hit the Shops in Jacksonville? Spend Your Pennies in Riverside and Avondale. MARRIOTT TRAVELER

Immerse Yourself in Jacksonville Art. CREATORS.COM

History Comes to Life in Jacksonville Florida. CREATORS.COM


2017

DECEMBER

5 Reasons to Visit Jacksonville. TRIPVEEL.COM

7 Things You Absolutely Must do in Jacksonville, FL. DANA FREEMAN TRAVELS

Hip and Happening Jacksonville, Florida. SUNSEEKER ALLEGIANT AIRLINES

12 Best Atlantic Coast Beaches in Florida. TRIPSTODISCOVER.COM

33 Trips Everyone Should Take in the US in 2018. THISINSIDER.COM


NOVEMBER

Jacksonville Announces Kids Free November. FAMILY VACATION CRITIC

Jacksonville Celebrates Kids Free November. ANGELINA TRAVELS

Travel: Jacksonville, FL. THE TAYLOR HOUSE


OCTOBER

Jacksonville’s Great Outdoors (And Beyond). MYFAMILYTRAVELS.COM

Atlantic Beach Named One of America's Favorite Beaches. EXPEDIA


SEPTEMBER

Northeast Florida: 100 Miles of US Route A1A. GONOMAD.COM

Meet The Man Who Started America's Smallest Rice Farm. FOOD & WINE

Jacksonville Ready for Visitors After Rapid Recovery. TRAVELPULSE.COM

25 Best Last Minute Romantic Getaways. VACATIONIDEA.COM


AUGUST

Kona Skate Park: 40 Years of Gnar Celebration in Jacksonville, FL. JUICE MAGAZINE. Visit Jacksonville hosted the magazine editor during Kona’s 40th Anniversary Celebration in June.

What to Do When You Visit Jacksonville? STRESSFREEBABY.COM


JULY

Reasons to Visit Family Friendly Jacksonville. FITDISNEYMOM.COM

12 Best Florida Summer Vacations on a Budget. TRIPSTODISCOVER.COM

Downtown Jacksonville: A Unique Escape on the St. Johns River. HOMETOWN NEWS

Roadtrip in the Sunshine State. REISE REPORT (GERMANY)

First Coast counties see record jump in tourism spending at hotels in first half of 2017 . FLORIDA TIMES-UNION

Online campaign to lure offshore divers and fisherman to Jacksonville . FIRST COAST NEWS


JUNE

First Coast shows strong uptick in tourism for April, reflects state trends of record numbers of visitor. FLORIDA TIMES-UNION

Best Places to Visit in North Florida. TRIPSTODISCOVER.COM

Jacksonville Jazz Fest: Soulful Sounds in a Sunny Setting. DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

Beat the Heat with Florida's Coolest Destinations & Attractions. VISIT FLORIDA- CANADA


MAY

Jacksonville Top 10 Family Travel. AMY WEST TRAVEL

Best Brunch Spot in Every Southern State. SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE


APRIL

Best Road Trips from Tampa. TRAVEL CHANNEL

13 Best Places to Surf in Florida. COASTAL LIVING MAGAZINE


MARCH

A Rich History and Youthful Energy Collide in Jacksonville, Florida. BETTER LIVING


FEBRUARY

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do In Jacksonville, Florida. HUFFINTON POST

Escape to Jacksonville Beach: Florida's Romantic Hideaway. WANDERWITHWONDER.COM

15 Amazing Places to Visit During Black History Month. CHEAPISM.COM


JANUARY

What's New in Jacksonville: Topgolf, Surfer the Bar, New Breweries. ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION


2016

DECEMBER

Jacksonville Is One Of TripAdvisor's Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in the U.S. for 2017. TRIPADVISOR.COM

Why You Should Follow Us To Jacksonville Right Now. FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE

Flock to Florida this Winter. MONTREAL TIMES


NOVEMBER

A Long Weekend in Jacksonville and St. Augustine. TRAZEE TRAVEL


OCTOBER

A Guide to the National Parks of Florida. TRAVEL + LEISURE

Where to Take the Kids in November. TRIPSAVVY.COM


SEPTEMBER

9 Reasons to Visit Jacksonville, Florida. FODOR'S TRAVEL

Daniela Caputo's Destinations: Jacksonville, Florida. THE SUBURBAN, CANADA

Where to Watch Football in Jacksonville. WHERE MAGAZINE

Take a Scenic Drive on Florida's Highway A1A. WHERE MAGAZINE


AUGUST

Orlando, FL to Jacksonville, FL: Distance & Other Travel Tips. VACATIONIDEA.COM

Which Florida city should you visit? CHEAPFLIGHTS.COM

Florida on a Tankful: Timucuan Preserve National Park. BAY NEWS 9


JULY

11 Absolutely Amazing Places To Visit In Jacksonville. ONLYINYOURSTATE.COM

4 Places For Beer Lovers To Go For Summer Vacation. ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION

Travel on Tap: The Rise of Craft Beer Tourism. SKIFT.COM


JUNE

Solo Travel Destination: Jacksonville, Florida. SOLOTRAVELERWORLD.COM

10 Surprising Cities for Affordable Beach Vacations. BANKRATE.COM

Florida Destinations That Rival the World's 7 Natural Wonders. LIVABILITY.COM

The 12 Best Beaches of Northeast Florida. WHERE MAGAZINE

21 Best Things to Do in Jacksonville, FL. VACATIONIDEA.COM


MAY

The 20 Best Cities for Travel this Summer. FORBES

5 Surprising Foodie Cities To Visit Right Now. FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE

Experience Jacksonville Like a Local in Downtown's Hemming Park. WHERE MAGAZINE

America's 13 Most Misunderstood Cities. THRILLIST.COM


APRIL

There’s more to Jacksonville area than its beautiful beaches. THE BOSTON HERALD

‘Shark Tank’ meets SXSW at the One Spark festival. THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS


MARCH

Things To Do Outside in Jacksonville. WHERE LOS ANGELES

National Parks in Florida. TRAVEL CHANNEL ONLINE

4 Places to Explore in Jacksonville, FL. ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION

16 Sites in Florida that Will Remind You How Stunning america Truly Is. ONLYINYOURSTATE.COM


FEBRUARY

The Southern Charms of Jacksonville, Florida. ARAB NEWS


JANUARY

Seven Unique Jax Dining Experiences. METRO JACKSONVILLE

2015

DECEMBER

Here’s What to Do if You Have Just One Day to Spend in Jacksonville. AXS.COM

Three Exceptional Road Trips to Consider From Tampa. ARTICLESBASE.COM


NOVEMBER

3 Ways to Experience Jacksonville’s Beaches. WHERE MAGAZINE

The Brewers of the Ale Trail. FIRST COAST MAGAZINE ONLINE


OCTOBER

6 Reasons Why Jacksonville, Florida, Should Be Your Next Beach Vacation Did you know Jacksonville, Florida, is the largest city by landmass in the continental U.S.? Yeah, me neither, until I paid a little visit to this East Coast beachfront and riverfront destination. And I have returned to tell you why it needs to be added to your beach bucket list. ASAP. COASTAL LIVING MAGAZINE

5 Reasons To Love Five Points. This chic district has always been ground zero for the city’s bohemian culture and today it continues to thrive with a decidedly upscale, hipster urban gloss. Here are a few reasons why we love this part of town. WHERE MAGAZINE

A Guide to Jacksonville's Neighborhoods Jacksonville, the largest city by landmass in the nation and Northeast Florida’s historic urban economic engine, is a natural water wonderland that sports more shoreline than any other city in the U.S., with 22 miles of beaches, 40 miles of the Intracoastal Waterway and the longest stretch of the St. Johns River in the state of Florida. WHERE MAGAZINE

Top 10 Beaches in Florida Take advantage of the Sunshine State’s surf, sun and sand at these top 10 beaches in Florida. TRAVEL CHANNEL

Where to Take the Kids in November The end of the autumn shoulder season brings lower prices in many destinations, only to be interrupted by Thanksgiving kicking off the holiday season. Here are some great recommendations for a terrific November escape. ABOUT.COM

7 of Florida's Great Natural Wonders It doesn't take much to hook people on natural Florida. You discover an osprey nest atop a power pole or come upon a wetlands of cypress knees. An eagle soars above a velour-smooth lake or, before your eyes, the rainy edge of a cold front greens an oak limb's ruffle of resurrection fern. PALM BEACH POST

10 Perfect Dates For You And Your S.O. In Jacksonville Need a place to take your significant other that is budget friendly? ODYSSEY

10 Things to Do and Try in Jacksonville on Georgia/Florida Weekend While football is the reason that thousands flock to Jacksonville each year, Jacksonville offers a heck of a lot more than just tailgating and football. Jacksonville is the business, cultural and entertainment capital of North Florida and there is something for everyone to do and try on this long weekend in one of America’s most underrated cities. GEORGIA FOLLOWERS


SEPTEMBER

12 Shopping Stops in Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Amelia Island Whether you’re searching for a wardrobe change or just want a special keepsake to remember your trip, there are numerous shopping districts along the First Coast. From high-end designer stores to locally owned shops and boutiques, great shopping is in the bag. WHERE MAGAZINE

Sip and Savor Jax Is Here The month of September just got a whole lot better for all the foodies out there, thanks to Sip and Savor Jax. From September 14th to the 27th, prepare your taste buds for a 14-day culinary experience like no other. JACKSONVILLE.COM


AUGUST

La historia de Jacksonville: sus playas y arquitectura La historia de Jacksonville se remonta mucho antes de que los europeos llegaran a la desembocadura del Río St. Johns. Los indios Ossachite, nombre que proviene de la lengua de los Timucua, vivieron en esta zona y su cultura se desarrolló alrededor del año 500 A.C. FAMA

Discover Gay Florida - Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Daytona Beach Jacksonville grew around a large Naval base, one of the largest in the country, to become one of the state's major cities. EDGE MEDIA NETWORK

Jacksonville's Got Sunshine, Sand and So Much More A visit to Jacksonville, aptly coined the “River City by the Sea”, is likely to end up in the water at some point. However, you may be surprised at the variety of things to do on the First Coast. Whether it’s the need for speed you’re craving, or a taste of North Florida’s culture, we’ve narrowed down the best of the best attractions for you and the whole family. USA TODAY 10BEST


JULY

21 Best Things To Do in Jacksonville From romantic river views and great parks to must-see museums and unique tours, Jacksonville is a fun weekend destination for couples and families. DREAM VACATION MAGAZINE, July 2015.

Psst: Secret Beaches For a Non-Crowded Florida Getaway Boneyard Beach: Step into the ethereal scene inside Big Talbot Island State Park just south of Amelia Island, where salt-dusted skeletons are all that remain of the oak and cedar trees that once guarded this stretch of coast. TRAVEL + LEISURE

5 Fantastic Florida Zoos Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens: right here in our own little piece of the world is Jacksonville Zoo. Open Mon-Friday 9-5 and weekends 9-6 you can easily spend all day at this zoo and more! Jax Zoo was recently named one of the top 25 in the nation. We’d have to agree. EXAMINER

The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Jacksonville Jacksonville is a foodie town. Maybe it's the Southern influence or the fresh seafood from the river and the ocean. Maybe it's the cultural melting pot of nearby St. Augustine, the country's oldest European city. But whatever the case, Jacksonville offers locals and tourists a dynamic dining scene with a plethora of locally owned eateries and breweries. WHERE MAGAZINE


JUNE

Secrets of Florida The Florida national park you've never heard of. For years, I thought the only national park in northern Florida was the wonderful Spanish fort in St. Augustine, Castillo de San Marcos. Wrong. There's the Timucuan Preserve, a part of the National Park Service northeast of Jacksonville. ORLANDO SENTINEL

“Wows” and “Who Knew” on The New Old Florida Trip It’s not often you have a former president as a tour guide, but that’s how the New Old Florida Post-IPW FAM began, with none other than General Andrew Jackson guiding the media from the top to the bottom of the city named after him, Jacksonville. VISIT FLORIDA

The Best of the Beachfront Hotels in Jacksonville- One Ocean When planning a visit to Jacksonville, Florida, you must plan to check out the 22 miles of beautiful beaches within the city limits. While I would advise renting a car to see the incredible variety of neighbourhoods within Jacksonville, I would recommend staying at one of the best beachfront hotels in Jacksonville; One Ocean Resort & Spa in Atlantic Beach. SOLOMOMTAKESFLIGHT.COM

Family Fun in Jacksonville, Florida As Florida’s most populated city and a hotbed for new technology companies, Jacksonville is a pretty cool place to live. What you may not know is that it’s also an incredible place to take a family-friendly vacation. For families visiting Jacksonville, there is plenty to do at the beach, downtown and throughout the many. FAMILY VACATION CRITIC

JAX – River City of the South What we liked most about Jacksonville was its beautiful long beaches. We were fortunate and stayed in a Courtyard Hotel directly at Jacksonville Beach, with balcony, ocean view and just a couple of steps away from the ocean. TRAVELING TRAMPS


MAY

10 Often Overlooked Beaches Near Atlanta Take on 22 miles of white sandy beaches: Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach. Opportunities abound for relaxing, waterplay, nightlife and more. ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION

Secrets of Florida Visitors have been touring Florida for so long, they think they know it. They've seen the postcards; they've toured the popular destinations. Been there. Done that. But Florida still holds plenty of secrets, even for those who have vacationed or lived here for years… THE SUN SENTINEL

First Coast should be hot this summer following record spring tourism Officials with Visit Jacksonville report that year-over-year tourism has increased for 17 straight months, citing Smith Travel Research’s tracking of hoteliers and trends. In March alone, Duval County hotel-room revenue was $34.97 million, a 14.2 percent change from 2014 — up $4.3 million from the same time period. FLORIDA TIMES-UNION

10 Best Breakfast Spots in Jacksonville From the beaches to the riverbanks Jacksonville has the most important meal of the day covered. Traditional family favorites and reinvented classics remind diners that great taste never goes out of style and old dogs can learn new tricks. USA TODAY 10BEST

The Best Cities for a Budget Vacation Thinking about doing some traveling this summer but don't want to break the bank? This list does include a bunch of cities that might be a surprise bargain to many travelers, and can be a good starting point for summer travel plans. TIME INC MONEY

Seniors Travel to Jacksonville The locals choose to call Jacksonville, just plain JAX. This senior was curious about the largest cities in Florida, and was I ever surprised. SENIOR CITIZEN TRAVEL


APRIL

Spring Break @ Four Points Sheraton in Jacksonville Beach While in Jacksonville for Pow-Wow IX, the good folks at the Four Points by Sheraton provided the most dope beachfront King Bed Suite available during the busy Spring Break season this March. The hotel boasts free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour fitness center, outdoor heated pool, and whirlpool literally adjacent to the sparkling Jacksonville Beaches. STUPIDDOPE.COM

9 Reasons To Visit Jacksonville Whether you’re looking for a family friendly destination, or the ideal spot for a quick fun getaway, Jacksonville has the perfect mix of Florida Flair, Southern Hospitality, and exciting festivals to put a spring in your step this new season! HEALTHY TRAVEL MAGAZINE


FEBRUARY

Jacksonville’s Reinvented Downtown Flares With Fun Downtown Jax has changed dramatically over the past three years as spots to eat, shop and party sprout in the heart of northeast Florida’s sprawling metropolis. Like a wallflower turned hottie, the city core has gone from drab to dynamite. THE MIAMI HERALD

Florida by Water: Learn to Surf Jax Beach is like a slice of southern California in Florida: a surf and skateboard culture with a Southern hospitality twist. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC



JANUARY

Easy Beaches: Six Hassle-free Florida Escapes The whole point of the Florida beach vacation is to relax. During peak season, the most popular beach towns attract tens of thousands of sun seekers, all looking to relax, which can make the atmosphere decidedly unrelaxing. Fortunately Florida has about 1,350 miles of coastline — east, west, south and north — much of it lined with sandy beaches. USA TODAY

Jacksonville Overflowing With New Thrills Downtown and Riverside are bursting with restaurants, food trucks, markets, boutiques, art studios, music stages and craft-brew bars. Their indie owners aim not just to please, but to thrill. TAMPA TRIBUNE

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