Welcome to Jacksonville & Florida's First CoastOn May 1, 1562 French Huguenots began a colony named Fort Caroline. Within 3 years, the small French riverbank settlement would be destroyed by Spanish forces from the military garrison at St. Augustine. In years to come Spain, Great Britain and local Timucaua Indians fought for control of this area, making Jacksonville the first 'settled' part of the USA.
Today, located at the crossroads of two transcontinental highways, Jacksonville continues to make history as one of the nation's largest cities in land area, a major port city, financial center, site of Navy bases, and home of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars, a Mayo Clinic medical center, Jacksonville Zoological Gardens, beautiful beaches, numerous waterways, and more than one million residents.
From the mighty St. Johns river, to the many creeks that flow into it, to the Atlantic Ocean, just minutes away from downtown, Jacksonville is framed by water. This proximity to water coupled with the mild climate (average daily winter high is 66 degrees Fahrenheit) favors recreational activities year round. Whatever your business or pleasure: golf, tennis, boating, fishing, surfing, theater, museums, history, or shopping, you can enjoy it all in Jacksonville.
If you play golf, you're about to move to paradise. Jacksonville offers over 50 courses playable year-round. The annual Players Championship takes place at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course each spring, the world's best professionals compete in what many consider the 5th Major Championship. The World Golf Village is just to the south of the city. Be educated and entertained while paying homage to the game's greatest players. The PGA Tour National Headquarters also calls this area home.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are the most successful expansion franchise in the history of the NFL. Since entering the league in 1995, the Jaguars have been to the playoffs four times and played in the AFC Championship game twice. The Jaguars won 49 games in their first five seasons, including an NFL-best record of 14-2 in 1999.
The First Coast has a wide array of offerings for all tastes. We have the Florida Theatre and Alahambra Dinner Theatre. At the Time Union Center For The Performing Arts you can see the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra along with many other wonderful events. Be entertained and educated at the Jacksonville Zoo. A variety of special events and live bands can be seen at the Jacksonville Landing , located downtown on the river. In addition there are numerous Night Life spots for all to enjoy. With so much to do and see you won't be surprised to learn there's plenty of space on our beaches for everyone.