a guide to the Jacksonville Beach Hotels
Travelers to Jacksonville Florida have many options for lodging in the area. If you are traveling to Jacksonville on business or pleasure, or just to visit friends or relatives, don’t overlook the Jacksonville Beach hotels. Located about a half hour from downtown Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach has more hotels than any of the other local beaches, and most of the hotels are oceanfront - offering up our beautiful wide sandy beaches as your playground away from home. All of the Jacksonville Beach hotels are within walking distance, or a short $5 cab drive from some of the best restaurants and nightlife Jacksonville has to offer.
From Beach Blvd. north to 16th Ave, 1st Street is the place to be for hotels, dining and dancing, shopping, and just hanging out in general. For the traveler, Jacksonville Beach hotels include such well knowns as Quality Suites, Best Western, the Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn, and the Fairfield by Marriot. For the adventurous, a vanishing breed of mom and pop hotels still exist, for now, on the strip. Paradise Alley and the Surfside Inn offer somewhat cheaper lodging than the big boys, and also seem to have less of a corporate feel.
Join me as we review the Jacksonville Beach hotels one by one, and you’ll
see the variety of lodging possibilities the Jacksonville hotel scene has to
offer. Jax Beach: oceanfront lodging at it’s best!
The Fairfield by Marriott
Just behind the Holiday Inn, and owned by the same Shaner Hotel Group, is the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites. Not being on the ocean, the Fairfield caters to the traveling business person. Equipped with high speed internet access in the rooms and lobby, there are also several Jacuzzi Suites available to help you relax after a hard days work. A swimming pool and hot tub outside, the Fairfield and Holiday Inn encourage their guests to share their amenities.
The Comfort Inn Oceanfront
Next door is the Comfort Inn, best known for its huge faux rock waterfall swimming pool. Plenty of fun for the kids, the Comfort Inn Oceanfront also caters to adults, with the famous Kokomo's lounge, for shooting pool and weekly Karaoke. Out of towners can really get to know the locals here. The Tiki Bar and deck, between Kokomo's and the sand dunes, is a great place to hang out in the sun with your favorite cold beverage. Summer weekends commence with live local bands outside, accompanied by plenty of dancing beach goers on the deck.
Another place that you can’t miss is the elegant Casa Marina. A great place to get married, the Casa is right behind the dunes at 6th Ave., and is the north end beginning of the boardwalk Old world charm, elegance, and romanticism sum up this Spanish looking castle like structure. Dining at the Casa includes an inside formal dining room, and an oceanfront courtyard and veranda, serving a “new beach cuisine” for lunch and dinner, and a killer Sunday Brunch (in season). The Casa’s newest addition is the Penthouse Lounge and Restaurant. Sitting on top of the north wing with an outdoors covered deck, the Penthouse has some excellent views of the Atlantic Ocean and the boardwalk, and is becoming a favorite happy hour destination. Even if you don’t stay at the Casa Marina, you gotta check it out!
Best Western Inn
If you want to be where the action is, the Best Western is smack dab in the middle of it. One of the smaller hotels in Jax Beach, its oceanfront rooms all have balconies right above the Boardwalk. A great ocean view and a great place for people watching! Being in the middle of the Strip, you can park your car inside their ground floor garage and walk to all the great restaurants, clubs, and shops that JB has to offer. High speed Internet access, an outdoor swimming pool, and whirlpool tub rooms are also available.
The Quality Suites
Located oceanfront on the southern end of the Seawalk Pavilion, the Quality Suites is the newest hotel in Jacksonville Beach. Their pool is on the south side nestled between the hotel and the lifeguard station (no drowning here), and across the street is the ever popular Sneakers Sports Bar. All of the 72 rooms are 2 room suites with oceanfront balconies, and some of them are whirlpool suites. High speed Internet and a business center make this upscale Jacksonville hotel a favorite of corporate travelers.
For business or pleasure, if you're looking for some great Jacksonville hotels, the Jacksonville Beach hotels are the place to be. Conveniently located, Jacksonville Beach hotels will make your stay in Jacksonville fun and memorable. Jacksonville Beach, a great place to stay!
How to get there:
If you’re coming from the north on I95, take 9A south, just 2 exits after Jacksonville International Airport, to Atlantic Blvd heading east to the beaches. After you cross the Intercoastal Waterway, you are at the beach and will soon be on A1A. Continue on to the last major intersection and turn right, following A1A south (aka 3rd Street). A couple of miles later, you will see in the median the “Welcome to Jacksonville Beach” sign. All of the major hotels in Jax Beach are located between 16th Ave. North and Beach Blvd.
Coming from the south in I95, exit onto 9A North at the I295/9A intersection
(if you miss the 9a exit, continue on to Butler Blvd. (202)). Exit onto Butler
Blvd heading east to the beaches, take the last exit and that will loop you
around heading north on A1A. Continue on to Beach Blvd., then turn right, go
2 blocks to First Street and turn left. You are now on “The Strip”
in beautiful Jacksonville Beach!