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Cheap areas to stay in Jacksonville

Jacksonville is positioned along Florida's Atlantic Coast, and a top spot for travelers looking for a destination that's as affordable as it is attractive. Cheap places to stay in Jacksonville include the city's downtown, with much of the accommodation found in this area within strolling distance of both the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, and strolls along St. Johns River. Elsewhere, discount hotels near Jacksonville International Airport often prove a convenient choice for fly-in visitors, while out-of-town options include the budget-friendly hotels, motels, and guest houses in the likes of Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach.

Cheap hotels in Jacksonville

Just 15 minutes' drive from downtown, the lakefront La Quinta Inn & Suites Jacksonville Butler Blvd features business and fitness centers, a sparkling outdoor pool, plus free WiFi and parking. To the north, the Jacksonville Plaza Hotel & Suites Airport presents another budget-friendly option, with this hotel offering a shuttle service to both Jacksonville International Airport and the cruise ship terminal, plus a free continental breakfast spread to boot. In the nearby community of Amelia Island, the Amelia Hotel at the Beach is a relaxed pick that's just steps from the sand.

Where to find cheap food in Jacksonville

For cheap eats, head straight to downtown Jacksonville, where a medley of independent and chain restaurants serve up everything from authentic Italian to spicy Tex-Mex. An additional choice of affordable restaurants can be found in and around St. John's Town Center, not far from the University of North Florida, with the options here ranging from juicy, loaded burgers, to rustic American fare, to stone-baked pizzas. For farm-fresh goodies, take a wander over to West Beaver Street, where the Jacksonville Farmers Market is open from dawn to dusk most days, selling locally grown vegetables, handcrafted honey, and specialty jams and jellies.

Cheap things to do in Jacksonville

With so many free and cheap things to do in Jacksonville, you don't need a big budget to experience this Florida hotspot. You might start with a wander through the historic neighborhoods of Riverside and Avondale, home to the trendy 5 Points arts and commerce district, an exciting dining scene, and rooftop bars with a view. Or, perhaps you'd prefer to take in the views of downtown and Jacksonville Landing, from the vantage point of the Southbank Riverwalk. If a little relaxation is on the agenda, you can choose from oodles of gorgeous outdoor spaces, not least Little Talbot Island State Park, where maritime forests, towering dunes, and more than 4 miles of white-sand beaches present the perfect backdrop for a day in the sun. The neighboring larger island, the aptly named Big Talbot Island State Park, is a top spot for birdwatching and photography.

Cheap ways to get around Jacksonville

You'll likely find that the best way to get around Jacksonville is to walk, though there's plenty of shops offering bike hire should you prefer to explore on 2 wheels. For something different, hop aboard the St. Johns River Taxi, a regular service making stops at the Friendship Fountain and the Metropolitan Park Marina, as well as at several of the downtown hotels. Alternatively, ride the Jacksonville Skyway monorail system, to glide above downtown and the river for free. Exploring further afield couldn't be simpler, thanks to the medley of JTA bus routes.

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