Travel & Area Information

Welcome to Jacksonville, where Florida begins! ACES attendees will find extraordinary attributes in Jacksonville’s nature, water, attractions, dining, nightlife, sports, and arts scene. There is much to do at any given time in this beautiful River City by the Sea.

Check out Visit Jacksonville for detailed area information, and download the Downtown Jacksonville Map to help you get around the heart of the city!


Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)

  • 15 miles, approximately 25 minutes to Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
  • Ground Transportation – Rental Car, Taxi, Shuttle Services
  • Estimated Cab Fare: $20 USD (One-Way)

Transportation Options

After you land…

Enterprise is pleased to offer ACES Conference participants discounted rental car rates prior to, during, and after the conference. To take advantage of these reduced rates, simply make your reservation through this link, which has the discount automatically built in. If making a reservation by phone (1-800-RENT-A-CAR), be sure to reference account #L430984 to receive the discounted rate.

GoAirport Shuttle: To make shuttle arrangements, visit this website. Estimated GoAirport Shuttle fare to the host hotel is $26 USD one-way and $52 roundtrip for a shared van.

SuperShuttle: To make a reservation, call 1-800-BlueVan (1-800-258-3826) or visit

ShuttleWizard: To make a reservation and receive $4 off, visit ShuttleWizard and use the code UF4 or call 310-626-0067 and mention the discount code.


Once you’ve arrived…

Host Hotel Shuttle: During your stay, the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront offers complimentary shuttle service within a 2-mile radius of the hotel. The shuttle is available on a first-come, first-served basis from 6am-10am and 5pm-9pm daily. Shuttle drivers will give passengers a card with a phone number to call for return transportation. Please speak with a bellman at the front drive of the hotel to use this service.

Water Taxi: St. Johns River Taxi provides transportation to points on both sides of the St. Johns River in the heart of downtown. ACES attendees can board the taxi at The Jacksonville Landing, just steps from the host hotel. Be sure to take a nighttime water taxi ride for a breathtaking view of the Jacksonville skyline by boat! Click here for hours, fares, routes, and a map of stop locations.

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Weather Conditions

December in Jacksonville is often sunny and crisp, with highs in the high 60s, and lows in the high 40s.

Current Weather:

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Important Deadlines

November 10, 2016
Regular Registration Deadline

November 15, 2016
Hotel Reservation Deadline (Extended)

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