Jacksonville hotel with free WiFi and continental breakfast; within walking distance of restaurants and near shopping and beaches
Hotel at a Glance: Ramada Hotel & Conference Center by Wyndham Jacksonville/Baymeadows
The Ramada lies about 20 minutes from area beaches. When guests aren’t strolling along the shore, they can try casual restaurants ranging from barbecue to Indian within walking distance of the hotel, or browse more than 150 stores at nearby The Avenues Mall.
- Best way to start the day: free hot or continental breakfast with eggs and sausage
- In every room: a mini fridge and a microwave, plus free WiFi
- Healthy habits: There’s a fitness center with cardio equipment.
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 is 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.
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 tour past Civil War reenactors or explore native wildlife on self-guided nature trails.