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Jacksonville Jazz Festival

 

There are many parts of Florida that, through no fault of their own, are often overshadowed by Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, simply because of the peerless nightlife that can be found in these cities. Jacksonville is one such city; it is Florida’s largest, and has a huge number of activities and attractions, but you rarely hear it mentioned in the same breath as Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, or even Orlando. There’s really no reason for this, other than its comparatively remote location, and serious Florida travelers should consider visiting, as you will never run out of things to do in Jacksonville.

 

Jacksonville offers shops and restaurants that rival those found in any other part of Florida, has twenty miles of Atlantic coast, several championship golf courses, and a handful of state parks to explore. Having an abundance of both city and outdoor attractions means that Jacksonville is a fantastic vacation destination. For those who enjoy shopping (as well as historic districts), check out the Avondale/Riverside district on the north bank of the St. Johns River. There is also a quaint shopping district in San Marco Square, south of the river. If you seek more cultural/educational destinations, Jacksonville has those in spades as well – check out the Jacksonville Historical Center and the Jacksonville Maritime Museum. If you enjoy music, you’re in luck, because Jacksonville hosts the second largest jazz festival in the nation.

 

If there is one thing you should go to Jacksonville for, it is the Jazz Festival. They have so many fantastic musicians all in one place, it’s really a must see for jazz fans. Last year, the highlight for me was undoubtedly Herbie Hancock performing with Marcus Miller on bass and one of my favorite up-and-comers on guitar, Lionel Loueke. One of the best things about the festival is that it is by no means only for aficionados. Many people get there first real exposure to jazz at this festival, and end up loving it for the rest of their lives. It’s really worth it if you can make it – the 2007 festival runs from April 12-15.

 

But, how best to get to Jacksonville for the festivities? Why, it shouldn’t surprise you that a limousine from Mirage is the preferred mode of transportation for anyone in Florida. Limousines enhance any pleasurable experience, so keep Mirage in mind when you head to the festival this coming April!