Best Jax Beaches
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