Best Jax Beaches

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There is no get­ting around surf and sand when you are vis­it­ing Jack­sonville. Head east on 90/212 from down­town, and you’ll hit the area known as Jack­sonville Beach, which is a collection of beaches with in­di­vid­ual per­son­al­i­ties. The beach scene in gen­eral is more ur­ban with commercial thor­ough­fares and res­i­den­tial ar­eas close to the waves. To make the most of your time at the ocean, con­sider one of the many fish­ing char­ters in the area or pick­ing up a surf les­son or two.


This long stretch of beaches clos­est to Jack­sonville’s city core off of High­way 90, is where people come to min­gle for more of a fes­tive beach- go­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Plenty of pa­tio bars and restaurants serv­ing fried fish line the beach front. The pier is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for people angling for a fish or look­ing for ocean views.


Surfers flock to this beach where the breaks are good and the people are ded­i­cated to the ocean’s more sport­ing side. At the heart of it all, Beaches Town Cen­ter at 200 First Street (where the boule­vard meets the ocean) is a pedes­trian-friendly area home to bou­tiques, pubs and cafés. It’s also a good place to stock up on beach tow­els and biki­nis.


Nat­u­ral beauty is Ponte Ve­dra’s al­lure. It’s much qui­eter and less dense due to all the pri­vate beaches. Ask your concierge for the best place for pub­lic ac­cess, some­times dif­fi­cult to find but well worth the ef­fort. Deep sea and fresh­wa­ter fish­ing, horse­back rid­ing and hik­ing miles of na­ture trails at the Guana Tolo­mato Matan­zas Na­tional Es­tu­ar­ine Re­search Re­serve are a few of the ac­tiv­i­ties to pur­sue be­yond loung­ing on the beach. Ponte Ve­dra is con­sid­ered one of the most lux­u­ri­ous recre­ational and res­i­den­tial des­ti­na­tions in Florida, and many fa­mous golfers never miss an op­por­tu­nity to visit.

A muted sky over the Jax Beach pier

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