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Jacksonville, Florida is The River City by the Sea

Best things to do in Jacksonville Florida - Ruby Escalona - Jacksonville Beach by Lance Asper on Unsplash

Jacksonville Beach. Photo by Lance Asper on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Ruby Escalona of A Journey We Love about Jacksonville, Florida. Ruby’s tips for the best things to do in Jacksonville are awesome because she moved to the city for a job, but then fell in love with the small-town feel, even though Jacksonville is geographically the largest city in the US.

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Best things to do in Jacksonville Florida - Ruby Escalona - Jacksonville Downtown at night by Trevor Neely on Unsplash

Jacksonville Downtown at night. Photo by Trevor Neely on Unsplash.

Jacksonville, Florida

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Jacksonville, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Jacksonville Florida Ruby Escalona Little Talbot Island

Visit Little Talbot Island when you’re in Jacksonville

Getting around Jacksonville

The local airport is Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), which is about a fifteen-minute drive to downtown.

Ruby says that public transportation is not very reliable so it’s a good idea to rent a car. Uber and Lyft are also excellent ways to get around.

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Best things to do in Jacksonville Florida Ruby Escalona Players Championship

If you love to play or watch golf, the Players Championship is held here each year.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Ruby Escalona about Jacksonville, Florida. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Green dots = best things to do in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Jacksonville, Florida

Who is Ruby Escalona?

Ruby Escalona loves travel hacking, finding deals, and thinking of ways to save more money! You can visit her other website, Ruby Loves Adventure which hosts articles that she’s written since 2007. Originally from the Philippines, Ruby moved to the USA to pursue an employment opportunity. She now lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and has been to more than 30 countries and 16 US States. She has also backpacked around South East Asia. While she hasn’t quit her job to pursue her passions – yet, that will happen once she and her husband reach financial independence.

Best things to do in Jacksonville Florida Ruby Escalona St Augustine Alligator Farm

Ruby at the St Augustine Alligator Farm

Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Ruby on her website and on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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The Florida Theater. Photo by Trevor Neely on Unsplash.

Stay tuned for our next episode

Listen to the next episode when Lauren Wood of Travel is the Cure shares the best things to do in Santa Barbara, California. In this episode, Lauren and I talk about the best places to sample wine, touring the rose gardens at an old Spanish mission, and hiking to Inspiration Point for incredible views of the city, beach, and ocean. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

What’s your favorite part of Jacksonville, Florida? Send us a Tweet, let us know in the comment section below, or continue the discussion in our Facebook group!

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