Miami Beach? Is that what comes to your mind when you hear the word Florida? Well, let me tell you… There is more. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you 3 destinations that I personally feel you should visit with your friends and family.
Jacksonville – A home for many and a getaway destination for others, Jacksonville has successfully lured many tourists and visitors from all around the world. Endless tropical beaches, the mysterious Everglades and vast citrus groves, you name it – Jacksonville has got it.
Think of that one thing you would love to do and you will find it here. Fun activities like boating, swimming, fishing, sailing and surfing are the most enjoyed. Test the adventurous side of you with jet-ski and water-ski as your sports.
For those who enjoy quieter activities, you can always visit the internationally recognized parks. Atlantic Ocean and St. Johns River give Jacksonville, serenity and spectacular beauty.
- Buses – The Jacksonville Transportation Authority or JTA is an independent agency that manages public transport in the city of Jacksonville, Florida. So, look for JTA buses when you are in Jacksonville.
- Airplanes – Jacksonville International Airport (commonly known as JAX) is 13 miles north of downtown Jacksonville. J AX has 82 departures a day, with 27 nonstop destination cities.
Gainesville – Well known for its music scene, Gainesville has spawned many globally recognized musicians. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Don Felder and Bernie Leadon of The Eagles, The Motels, John Vander slice, Sister Hazel, For Squirrels are a few names from Gainesville that are counted as legends. Blender Magazine even named Gainesville ‘The best place to start a band in America’.
You can also visit places like 34th Street Wall, Devil’s Mill Hoper, Lake Alice, and Gainesville Raceway which are amongst the most visited places.
- Buses – Amtrak Thruway Motor Coach buses connect Gainesville with Jacksonville to the north and Lakeland, Florida (to/from points south, LKL), to the south. Buses arrive / depart stations to connect with the Silver Service.
- Trains – Amtrak Train Service is available at Palatka, Florida, 32 miles (51 km) to the east.
- Airplanes – Formerly known as J.R. Alison Airport, the Gainesville Airport is owned by the City of Gainesville, Florida. It is operated by the Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority.
St. Augustine – Originally known as ‘San Augustin’, it was founded in 1565 by Spanish admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles. One can always get a glimpse of how it used to be during the Spanish rule because of the Spanish colonial-era buildings. The city is also one of the most visited places by tourists in America.
The Fountain of Youth and The St. Augustine Alligator Farm are some of the oldest tourist attractions in St. Augustine.
- Buses – Sunshine Bus Company operates bus services in St. Augustine. Buses operate mainly between shopping centers across town but a few also go to Hastings and Jacksonville. This is where one can connect to JTA for additional services across Jacksonville.
- Airplanes – The city has one public airport located 5 miles north of town. It has 5 runways that were once served by Skybus. Only private flights and tour helicopters use it today.
I’m not saying that these are the only places in Florida that are recommended for tourists. There are certainly more fun places in the Sunshine City. Apart from buses and Trains, you can also book Town Cars or Shuttles in Jacksonville, Gainesville & St. Augustine for your airport and private transportation needs.
Florida has 663 miles of beaches and more than 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways! Fun in abundance