Top Reasons to Visit Casa Marina
- Located steps from the Atlantic Ocean, this historic 1920s hotel offers direct access to the beach.
- The Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier is just a short walk away; you can angle for pompano, flounder, and king mackerel here—no fishing license required.
- Penthouse Lounge serves tapas and specialty martinis on an outdoor veranda overlooking the ocean.
- A Sunday brunch buffet includes fresh seafood, carved-to-order prime rib, and mimosas.
- Some of the individually decorated guest rooms have ocean views.
- The hotel is a half hour’s drive from shopping, dining, and nightlife at The Jacksonville Landing, an indoor-outdoor pavilion along the St. Johns River.
Jacksonville, Florida: Beaches, Live Entertainment, and the Scenic St. Johns River
The St. Johns River—which meanders through the middle of Jacksonville, Florida—is one of the only rivers in America that flows north. Along its banks lies the Jacksonville Landing, which has been attracting residents and visitors for more than 20 years with international eateries, live-music clubs, and more than 300 special events held every year. It’s worth walking across the bright-blue Main Street Bridge to Southbank to see Friendship Fountain, which puts on a dazzling light show at night. Next door to the fountain, at the Museum of Science & History, you’ll find several aquariums filled with Floridian fish and unambitious nature documentarians.
Jacksonville sits right off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, and its beaches are frequented by kiteboarders and surfers. More than 80,000 acres of parkland lie within the city limits—for a low-key hike or bike ride, head to one of the many state parks. Little Talbot Island State Park’s beaches are rife with sand dunes, and at Fort Clinch State Park, you can take a daily tour past Civil War reenactors or explore native wildlife on self-guided nature trails.