Jacksonville, Florida is located on Florida's First Coast and is the largest city by area not only in northeast Florida, but in the entire continental United States. Jacksonville has a wealth of beaches, excellent shopping, great restaurants, and is rich in history.
The city has several historical sites including Kingsley Plantation, Fort Clinch, Fort Caroline, and the Timucuan Preserve. It is also home to the largest contemporary art museum in the southeastern United States as well as the Cummer Art Gallery.
In 1901 a majority of downtown Jacksonville burned down in a massive fire causing the locals to have to rebuild the entire region. The Museum of Science and History has a great exhibit dedicated to this disaster. After the city started undergoing repair, New York filmmakers discovered the area and flocked here in the winters to film movies.
High temperatures in the city range from 50's and 60's in the winter and the high 90's in the summer. The locals say they experience only two seasons, summer and spring, as the leaves never change colors and there is rarely snow.
Jacksonville has a wonderful zoo with many beautiful animals including primates, snakes, giraffes, rhinos, and elephants!
Please be aware of the high crime rate when traveling to Jacksonville, especially for events that are extremely popular, such as the annual Florida-Georgia football game.
Atlantic Beach is a suburb of Jacksonville, and lies on the Atlantic coast. It is north of Neptune Beach.