Jacksonville’s urban grid looks like a huge chessboard if seen from the skies. A multitude of squares formed by its streets perpendicularly intersecting one another, Jacksonville can claim the titles of the most populous city in Florida and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. Not bad for a relatively young city - reconstructed after a fire in the early 20th century - that seems to struggle in finding its identity, as it shows in the confusing jumble of architectural styles it displays. Its urban core lies on the banks of the St. Johns River, but its reach has greatly expanded to include a vast portion of the Atlantic coast. Theme parks, luxurious hotels with hot tub and a lively nightlife attract and entertain the many tourists. For a weekend of relaxation and fun choose among the 10 best beachfront hotels near Jacksonville, Florida.
Classy, clean and elegant with spectacular views on the Atlantic Ocean, this hotel has received many positive reviews from its guests. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a microwave and a small fridge. Complete with an outdoor swimming pool from which you can directly access the nearby beach, a hot tub and a fitness centre, Courtyard by Marriott will not disappoint.
Seated on Amelia Island, a territory north of Jacksonville surrounded by waterways and verdant state reserves, Seaside Amelia Inn is at a short walking distance from the beach. The light-blue exterior with white-washed balconies and fixtures gives it a seaside cottage-like vibe. Yet this is definitely not a cottage, rather a boutique hotel with a rooftop sundeck, an outdoor pool and 46 rooms equipped with all the essentials, and more: some studio-style rooms and suites offer a kitchen sink and a lounge area that will make your stay extra comfortable.
Luxurious, spacious rooms or mini-apartments with a fully equipped kitchen, a seating area and up to three bedrooms: these are some of the options offered at Villas of Amelia Island. All guests can make use of the hotel facilities such as the restaurant, the well-equipped spa, the fitness centre, the free on-site shuttle and bike hire services. Oh, and the beach is just a short walk away! Villas of Amelia Island is the perfect getaway for a family holiday or a weekend away with friends.
If you’re wondering where to stay, this property has a private beach and a swimming pool with four waterfalls and a hot tub. What more can you ask for? They also have spacious rooms with huge TV screens, a microwave and a small refrigerator. The breakfast buffet is served daily at The Oasis Grill and Tides Oceanfront Tiki Bar provides its thirsty guests with a good selection of alcohol-infused libations to inebriate the senses.
Casa Marina is located on Jacksonville Beach, not far from the pier. This beachfront hotel with clean rooms decorated in a 1920s style has received many positive reviews for its elegance, charm and cosiness. The hotel doesn’t have a swimming pool, but the ocean is just a few steps away. Free WiFi throughout and a decent restaurant with a large terrace facing the ocean for a romantic meal are on offer as well. Book the trip and add this to your list of romantic things to do!
Guy Harvey Resort on Saint Augustine Beach is a modern resort with comfortable rooms, a good restaurant, an outdoor pool, and the property has easy access to the beach. Every room comes with coffee and tea-making facilities, a hairdryer and a cable TV. Some rooms can happily accommodate your furry friends so make sure you bring along your pup and let him or her run and play by the ocean.
Who doesn’t like breakfast in bed? It sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Guests at La Fiesta Ocean Inn and Suites are in for a treat as they can expect a generous breakfast to be delivered to their room every morning. Once fed, you can roll out of bed and walk to the nearby St. Augustine beach. Alternatively, you can take a dip in the heated outdoor pool or have a pleasant stroll around the tropical gardens.
A six-storey building, Four Points by Sheraton is just off the busy Highway A1A, yet metres away from the sandy seashore. Treat yourself to a luxurious suite with a private balcony facing the ocean, a spacious living room, a flat-screen TV and all the necessary amenities to warm up a meal and brew a cup of tea, unless you decide to go all-in and order room service. Alternatively, you can have dinner at the restaurant or order a nightcap at the bar. And yes, if you were left wondering, this beachfront hotel does offer an outdoor pool with amazing views.
A good and varied breakfast selection, an outdoor swimming pool and easy access to the beach is what makes the hotel’s guests particularly content and satisfied. Add the kindness of the staff, the ocean views from the balcony if available, and the newly renovated rooms which feature a flat-screen TV, a microwave, a refrigerator and coffee and tea-making facilities, and you’ll understand why the property has received so much praise.
Private balconies with ocean views, a free continental breakfast, an outdoor pool and cosy rooms with a microwave and a refrigerator - these are some of the attractive features of Oceanview Lodge, by Saint Augustine beach. Despite having just a two-star rating, guests have only but positive reviews of the property, especially due to the location and hospitality of the staff.
You don't need to go to Miami
Of the whole state of Florida, Miami tends to get all the attention attracting the majority of beach-goers and fun-seekers. Yet, there’s a long stretch of coast in and around populous Jacksonville that boasts amazingly long, sandy beaches, nature reserves, and vibrant nightlife. It constitutes the perfect holiday destination, whether you visit with your family or friends. There are also various accommodation options, such as townhomes and Vrbo rentals. Book a luxurious hotel by the ocean and leave all your worries behind.
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