Jacksonville, Florida

How To Spend 48 Hours In Jacksonville

Jacksonville is a beautiful Florida city that sits along the St. Johns River and against the Atlantic Ocean. It is known as the most populous city in Florida and the largest city by area in the continental United States too. So there are plenty of options to choose from for a fun weekend getaway with 48 hours in Jacksonville.

48 Hours in Jacksonville, Florida

Friday Afternoon

After you check in to your oceanside room at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, throw a casual and comfy outfit on before heading out for some enjoyment. Traveling can make anyone hungry, and there’s no better place to satiate that appetite then visiting Salento’s Steakhouse for some rich Columbian food.

Try the various delicious empanadas for an appetiser before splitting the hearty Salento Combination Special for two. After, grab a drink at the hotel’s The Tavern before turning in for a restful night.

48 hours in Jacksonville


Rise and shine to gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean before going to the original Metro Diner on Hendricks Avenue. Those who love a sweet and savoury breakfast should pick the famous chicken and waffles. Want something just sweet for your vacation? You can’t go wrong with their croissant French toast.

After, shop till you drop at St. John’s Town Center where luxury and practical shops abound. From Target to Nordstrom and Lilly Pulitzer to Tiffany and Co., there is something for everyone. Stop for a ramen-filled lunch at Domu across the street. You can’t go wrong with their delectable Domu wings and Richie Rich ramen. 

Have a love for books? Check out Chamblin’s Bookmine on Roosevelt Boulevard to find the largest bookstore in Jacksonville. You can find anything from new, rare, used, and collectible books, comic books, DVDs, and television box series for all ages for great prices. It’s the perfect stop for booklovers and prepare to possibly spend multiple hours in the giant book warehouse.

Enjoy dinner at Orsay for Southern- and French-inspired fine dining. Try the variety of seafood on the raw bar before pairing it with the lobster pot pie. For dessert, pick the traditional yet delicious crème brûlée – as well as a coconut creme french horn for a midnight snack.

48 Hours in Jacksonville

Sunday Morning

Before heading back to Jacksonville International Airport, have a late brunch at Jax Beach Brunch Haus. Be sure to select the shrimps + eggs + grits for a last seafood splurge before leaving the coast. 

48 Hours in Jacksonville

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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