Lonely Planet Ranks Jacksonville #9 on World’s Best Value Destinations

Posted on: March 7, 2018

Congratulations to Jacksonville, for being ranked #9 in Lonely Planet’s Best Value Destinations!

For those of us who call Jacksonville home, it’s no surprise, but great to see the accolades. Here’s a look at what makes living here so affordable and fun at the same time!

Outdoor Adventures

There’s always a way to have fun outside in Jacksonville! Yes we love our beaches, but the St. Johns River provides an outdoor playground unlike anywhere else in Florida. Whether you’re kayaking, fishing, or boating, there’s plenty of opportunity for family fun time that leaves lasting memories for everyone.

Historical Sites

Jacksonville has a whole lifetime’s worth of history, if you know where to look. The St. John’s River has been a part of not just Jacksonville’s history, but Florida’s, as well. St. Augustine, one of the oldest cities in the United States is nearby. Take a road trip and visit the Castillo de San Marcos, or the Fort Matanzas National Monument, and learn what life used to be like hundreds of years ago.


Life in Jacksonville is good, and so is the shopping! A vibrant arts culture ensures that there’s no shortage of unique pieces that you could bring home, or cute boutique stores. The St. Johns Town Center is your one-stop place for eclectic designer items, with stores such as Ann Taylor and Bare Minerals. New to the Jacksonville area is Ikea Home Furnishings which is located off of I-295 and Gate Parkway. San Marco Boulevard hosts a variety of independent boutiques, such as Grease Rags Clothing Company and Reve, where anyone can find a funky outfit that fits their style.

Jacksonville, Where The Driving Is Easy

Are you ready to get your tan on, but not excited for the traffic jams that you might encounter along the way? Jacksonville has incredibly easy access to the Atlantic coastline. Instead of waiting in traffic to get to the beach on the weekends or holidays, you can be there in less than twenty minutes.


Schools in St. John’s County have been top rated all over, and are known for their high levels of achievement. Teachers here are involved in their students’ academic lives while also recognizing the need for social activities, and adapt for such. There’s no need for private school when great schools such as Bartram Trail High School, R.B. Hunt Elementary School, and Fruit Cove Middle School.

Great Housing Options

When you’re in Jacksonville, it’s so easy to find a wonderful place to live. The small town atmosphere combined with the close proximity to everything means that residents can enjoy being far away from everything but close enough to the lifestyle that I want. Affordable options stand out in everyone’s minds as well, and allow residents to find a home that suits them best.


What will also stand out in everyone’s mind are the gorgeous residences by Mattamy Homes. Starting in the $200s and having up to 3,760 sq. feet of space, these residences are easily customizable to match your lifestyle, thanks to the Mattamy Design Studio. When you consider how the calm pace and dedicated schools can produce such a healthy, happy lifestyle for local families, you start to realize that you want to be a part of St. John’s County. Be a part of it at RiverTown, one of St. John’s County’s finest communities. New homes start at the $200s and go up to over $1 Million. Families can enjoy themselves at the newly unveiled amenity center, RiverClub. Where they’ll find all of the best parts of Fresh. Water Living.™ Click here to start your path to The First Coast’s New Hometown.™

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