Located on Florida's First Coast, Jacksonville is one of the largest cities in land area in the United States. The city provides an eclectic combination of southern hospitality, business and recreational paradise.
More than 1 million people live in the five-county area known as Florida's First Coast. The area offers something for everyone, with a temperate climate incorporating seasonal changes, miles of beautiful waterways and beaches, and a myriad of public facilities for work and play.
The St. Johns River flows through the heart of downtown Jacksonville. The area is home to 68 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline and 300 miles of river. Jacksonville has more than 55 world-class golf courses, including the Stadium Course at Sawgrass, beautiful state parks and luxurious spas and resorts. Jacksonville offers a wide array of leisure activities for everyone to enjoy including golf, tennis, boating, deep-sea fishing and much more! Charming St. Augustine, Amelia Island and Jekyll Island are within easy driving distance. Jacksonville also is home to the National Football League franchise, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and hosted Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005. For those who like the aroma of roasted peanuts and the sound of a bat smashing a home run, The Baseball Grounds is the place to watch the Jacksonville Suns professional baseball team.
Tennis and golf are year-round activities for many in the area, and top-notch facilities for both sports abound. Located in Ponte Vedra Beach are the national headquarters for professional golf's PGA Tour and the PGA's innovative Player's Club at Sawgrass, where THE PLAYERS Championship brings together top names in golf every May.
The city's cultural life is rich. The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, multiple art museums and galleries, the Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville Zoo, and professional and amateur theaters all contribute to the cultural opportunities available in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival has set the standard for international jazz festivals. Held each October on the banks of the St. Johns River, the event attracts top artists and thousands of jazz lovers.
Jacksonville is centrally located for day trips to historic St. Augustine, the oldest city in the nation; Sea World and Disney World; St. Simon's Island; Gainesville; Savannah; Charleston and Tallahassee, the state capitol. Four modern seaport facilities, including the newest cruise port, make Jacksonville very convenient for your vacation cruise travel.
But perhaps the most compelling reason for Jacksonville's appeal is the sense of warmth and welcome with which newcomers are embraced. We invite you to visit and see what the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville and the City of Jacksonville can offer.
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