Port of Jacksonville – JAXPORT in Florida
Located in northeastern Florida the area was ruled by the Spanish, French and British during the 16th century. Since the 1880’s it’s a popular tourist destination and became an important trade port in the late 1890’s.
Today the Port of Jacksonville is one of the largest seaports in Florida. It’s the northernmost cruise port Florida, a busy container ship port and a primary vehicle import/export center in the United States, operated by the Jacksonville Port Authority (JPA).
Carnival Cruises sails from the port to Key West, the Bahama’s (Nassau, Freeport) and the Eastern Caribbean.
Dames Point Cruise Passenger Terminal — embark your ship at the JAXPORT cruise facility, situated near the northwest corner of Dames Point, bordered by Heckscher Drive and I-295 in Northeast Jacksonville.
Not many hotels are located within really close proximity of the cruise terminal, departure point for many Carnival Cruises. Plenty of hotels and motels can be found a short distance away near the airport or downtown area.
Another option is to stay in Jacksonville Beach at a seafront property, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Many properties feature a spacious swimming pool. Downtown is 20 miles away, JAX airport 30 miles, and Adventure landing is a couple minutes drive away.
Dames Point Cruise Ship Passenger Terminal Address
Address & Contact
Address : 9810 August Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226
phone: (904) 357-3006
See also Florida’s cruise ports : Port of Miami Hotels, Tampa cruise terminals, hotels near Port Everglades cruise ship terminals (Ft Lauderdale Hotel with Free Shuttle), Palm Beach fl..
Nearest airport – JAX International
Airport — Port of Jacksonville is well served by Jacksonville International Airport, located about 12 miles or 15 minutes from the pier.
Taxi and shuttle service is available from JAX to the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal.
Parking — safe and secure car parking for cruise passengers is located right next to JAXPORT cruise pier. The terminal building at Dames Point is located at 9810 August Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226.
Parking is $15 per day per passenger vehicle ($60 for a 4-day cruise and $75 for a 5-day cruise), and $25 per day for oversized recreational vehicles ($100 for a 4-day cruise and $125 for a 5-day cruise).
JAXPORT provides also designated handicapped parking spaces.
City at the mouth of St Johns River
Jacksonville is located at the mouth of the St Johns River, along the Atlantic Ocean in northeast Florida, 160 miles north of Cape Canaveral (Disney’s main cruise port). “The River City by the Sea” offers vast stretches of uncrowded beaches, boatloads of water activities, a fishing pier, great shopping, good food, first class museums, fine hotels and lots of entertainment.
Spend a couple nights in a pre cruise hotel or motel in downtown, Jacksonville Beach or near the airport and discover all major sights and attractions.
In downtown Jacksonville fl., stroll along the riverfront in Jacksonville Landing, a great spot for shopping and to hangout.
Worth a visit for those who like modern art is The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, also known as MOCA.
Oriented towards children is the Museum of Science and History (MOSH), located on the Southbank Riverwalk. It’s the city’s most visited museum with lots of interesting exhibits and hands on learning experiences.
At Mayport hop on a St Johns River ferry and head to Fort George Island for a visit to Kingsley Plantation, built in 1798 and Florida’s only existing cotton plantation. The plantation shows the original house as well as the adjacent slave cabins.
The city is home to the largest urban park system in the United States, with 10 state and national parks.
At the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve you can visit the natural coastal wetlands.
Families with kids will love the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, known for its collection of rare waterfowl. Not to be missed is the “Range of the Jaguar” exhibit.
A very exciting place to take children is North Florida’s longest operating wildlife sanctuary: The Catty Shack Ranch. Get up close to the cages and see the big cats climb the cage during feeding time.
Pre or Post cruise lodging with (free) shuttle service to the pier
Some hotels provide free or discounted parking for the length of your cruise and shuttle services to the cruise port terminal. Most hotels will be next to JAX international airport.