Cruise from Jacksonville
It's Florida, yes, but not as you know it. Not overrun with tourists like Orlando, and not as conspicuously cosmopolitan as Fort Lauderdale or Miami, Jacksonville is comfortable in its own skin — a down-home place to enjoy the outdoors with much less hassle than her state-mates to the south. Jacksonville is huge — it's the biggest city in the continental U.S. by size — so be prepared to drive. Drive 30 minutes east to hit perfect beaches. Drive 50 minutes south to St. Augustine, the oldest European settlement in the U.S. Drive south-west of downtown and into the city's beautiful Riverside and Avondale districts, where shopping and dining rule. Jacksonville doesn't beat its chest. Come find out what they're keeping to themselves.