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Jacksonville's climate is typically Floridian, meaning: hot and sticky. Daytime summer temperatures can be fierce, averaging 90°F. However, unlike some of its more southerly confreres, December and January can get a bit fresh as mid-winter daytime temperatures stay as low as 65°F. All in all, spring and autumn are the most pleasant times to visit, although early autumn can be quite wet.
Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) is served by major and regional airlines and located 18 miles (29km) north of downtown on I-95, off the Airport Rd exit. You can rent a car or hire a taxi at the airport, and shuttle buses run from there to the main part of town. Greyhound buses run to and from Miami, Orlando and Tallahassee, and other cities. Greyhound buses departs from the station at 10 N Pearl St at the west end of downtown. The Amtrak station is at 3570 Clifford Lane which is 5 miles (8km) northwest of downtown.
Unless you own a car or are willing to hire one, your transport options in Jacksonville are limited. Taxis are available, but are a fairly expensive way to get around. Jacksonville Transportation Authority runs buses and trolleys in town and the beaches as well as a scenic, if underused, river-crossing skyway.
Getting to the beach; if traveling by car from Jacksonville, follow I-10 to Atlantic Beach, and Hwy 90 (Beach Blvd) directly to Jacksonville Beach. Coming from St Augustine, you follow Hwy A1A due north.
Florida hurricane season extends from June through November, but the peak is September and October. Relatively speaking, very few Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico storms become hurricanes, and fewer still are accurate enough to hit Florida, but the devastation they wreak when they do can be enormous. Travelers should take all hurricane alerts, warnings and evacuation orders seriously. Hurricanes are generally sighted well in advance, allowing time to prepare. When a hurricane threatens, listen to radio and TV news reports.
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