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5 Reasons Why Jacksonville is The Perfect Weekend Getaway Destination

Updated: Dec 18, 2023




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My stay at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront was compensated . My views and opinion of the location and accommodation are authentically my own.



If you are looking for a weekend getaway with a mix of outdoor adventures, delicious food, and stunning sights, Jacksonville, FL is the place to be.


As a Tampa resident, I can confidently say that this vibrant city has something to offer to everyone, from its pristine beaches to its vibrant art and cultural scene.


One of the best places to stay during your visit is the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, which offers stunning views of the St. Johns River and the downtown skyline.


In this blog post, I’ll share some of the best things to do and see during your stay in Jacksonville and why the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront is the perfect base for your weekend getaway.

Surprising Fun Facts About Jacksonville, FL



  • Jacksonville was named after Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, who lived in the city for a brief period of time.


  • The St. Johns River, which runs through downtown Jacksonville, is one of the few rivers in North America that flows north instead of south.






A Relaxing Stay at Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront


Visiting Jacksonville and wondering where to stay? Its a no-brainer to book at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.


The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront is a stylish hotel located in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. It is situated along the picturesque St. Johns River, providing guests with stunning waterfront views.


The hotel features modern amenities and sophisticated design, including a recently renovated lobby and guest rooms.


Guests can enjoy a range of facilities such as a fitness center, outdoor pool, and onsite dining options. The hotel is also conveniently located near several popular attractions, making it an ideal choice for both business and leisure travelers visiting Jacksonville.


Location is everything, and this hotel has got it! For the ultimate experience, book a room with a river view. The hotel boasts top-notch dining options, including SHOR Seafood Grille, Tavern, and Morton’s The Steakhouse.


Take advantage of the 24-hour gym, FedEx business center, and rooftop pool with stunning city views.


Travelers tip: Are you a member of Hyatt’s loyalty program? You can use points to offset any additional costs during your stay.


Check-in time is at 4:00 p.m. However, the hotel may honor early check-in requests depending on availability at the time. Check-out time is at 11:00 a.m.


Valet parking is available for $39 per night and includes in-and-out privileges. The hotel’s self-parking garage, located on Newnan Street, costs $20 per night.


The hotel is pet-friendly and provides a pet bed and water bowl during your stay. The front desk will also provide a temporary ID tag on the collar of your pet, which must be returned upon checkout to avoid a $25.00 fee, as per hotel policy.

Transportation to Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront



If you’re driving to Jacksonville from Tampa, it’s a smooth four-hour ride. For those arriving by air, the hotel offers an airport shuttle service for guests departing from JAX airport to the hotel at 1PM, 3PM, and 5PM. To reserve your spot on the airport shuttle, please contact ECT Airport Shuttle.

Efficient and Hassle-Free Check-In Process


The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront boasts over 900 sophisticated guest rooms. During my visit, I was fortunate enough to stay in the Junior Suite, which spans more than 740 square feet and features connecting bedrooms with a choice of king and/or queen-sized beds, as well as a queen-sized sleeper sofa in the parlor.


The Junior Suite is perfect for groups traveling together or families who are looking to book a stay at the hotel.




Love the Pharmacopia products. The Body bar left my hands so clean and moisturized after every wash.




Amenities and Activities Around Hyatt Regency Riverfront


A short distance from the hotel is where you'll find the iconic Florida Theatre and amazing local dining options and shops in Jacksonville's downtown.


I loved seeing the murals all over town, it shows how much the city appreciates and supports artistry in all forms.



At the hotel, guests can take advantage of the hotel’s fitness center, which features cardio equipment and weights, or take a dip in the outdoor pool.


For those who prefer to relax, the hotel’s sun deck and hot tub provide the perfect opportunity to unwind.


Guests looking to explore Jacksonville can take advantage of the hotel’s bike rental program to tour the city on two wheels.


The hotel is also within walking distance of popular attractions such as the Jacksonville Landing, the Museum of Science and History, and TIAA Bank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

Discover Delicious Dining Options at Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

There’s plenty to choose from dining wise when staying at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. The hotel has 3 on site dining options to choose from.



SHOR Seafood Grill is a contemporary American seafood restaurant located within the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. The restaurant boasts a menu featuring a wide selection of fresh seafood sourced from the local waters, as well as prime steaks and chops.


Start your meal with appetizers such as crab cakes, fried calamari, or shrimp cocktail. For the main course, enjoy dishes such as grilled salmon, jumbo shrimp scampi, or the signature SHOR seafood paella.


If you’re in the mood for meat, the restaurant also offers options such as filet mignon and New York strip steak.


The restaurant’s bar serves a variety of handcrafted cocktails, beer, and wine, and also features a daily happy hour.


With its waterfront location, stunning views of the St. Johns River, and outdoor patio seating, SHOR Seafood Grill is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or a casual meal with friends and family.


SHOR is easy to find in the hotel, right in the lobby, not far from the check in counter, can't miss it!


The Tavern, located in the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, offers a variety of delicious food and drinks.


The menu features classic American dishes, including burgers, sandwiches, and salads, as well as a variety of craft beers and signature cocktails.


Guests can start with an appetizer such as the Tavern Nachos or Fried Green Tomatoes before moving on to the main course.


The Tavern Burger is a popular option, featuring a beef patty topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, and a fried egg. Other favorites include the Fried Chicken Sandwich and the Classic Caesar Salad.


The drink menu includes a variety of local and craft beers on tap, as well as a selection of wines and signature cocktails like the Riverfront Margarita and the Southern Belle.


Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a casual meal with friends, the Tavern is a great spot to grab a bite to eat.


Tavern is set up right next SHOR and is the perfect place to grab a drink and unwind. TAVERN offers everything from signature cocktails, to craft beer, and world class wine. Happy hour is from 4PM – 7PM and includes food and drink specials.

There's also a nicely situated gift shop in the lobby area of the hotel. Perfect for grabbing keepsakes before you check out!


Jacksonville’s food scene doesn’t disappoint, so its no surprise that I didn’t have a hard time finding a brunch spot to enjoy.


Southern Grounds & Co is a short drive from the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront and is known as as a chef curated cafe; serving coffee, wine and food with live music on weekends, how cool is that?!


During my brunch experience at the cafe I ordered their shrimp and grits dish it was ahhhmazing! Might not be a bad idea to take a peak at the menu and have your order ready, it was pretty busy when I stopped by, I decided to dine in as many were sitting around eating and working on their laptops or conversing with their friends. You can dine indoors or out.

Things To Do Around Jacksonville


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Online the hotel has a list of local area attractions and seasonal events and happenings to keep you in the know of what’s available to you in town during your visit.


One of them being the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the largest free jazz festival in the country, that began four decades ago as the Mayport and All That Jazz Festival. This years lineup was star studded with acts like Stephanie Mills, Kem, Damian Escobar and the iconic Pattie Labelle.



Final thoughts on my stat at the Hyatt regency Jacksonville Riverfront


Jacksonville has been an unexpected delight for me, full of surprises and new experiences.


My stay at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront only added to the many reasons why this city is worth visiting.


From its picturesque views of the river to the exceptional dining options, the Hyatt Regency was a top-notch choice for my weekend getaway.


Not to mention, the variety of amenities and nearby attractions made my stay even more enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Jacksonville.


If you’re looking for a city that has a unique blend of history, culture, and entertainment, then look no further than Jacksonville.


With so much to explore and experience, I know I’ll be back to discover more of what this hidden gem has to offer.


Comment below any travel related questions that you may have and I will be sure to answer your question personally.


My stay at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront was compensated . My views and opinion of the location and accommodation are authentically my own.



Have Your Trip To Jacksonville Planned By A Professional!

Experience all that Jacksonville has to offer with a custom itinerary tailor made for you.



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