Hit the Beach
Your guide for finding the perfect spot on the beach.
Jacksonville and Amelia Island have a beach for every personality with their 22 miles of shoreline connecting their communities. Jacksonville Beach is where the action is with shopping and dining near the water and a party vibe during the evenings. Nearby Neptune and Atlantic Beach have a mellower feel—perfect for romantic strolls or plopping down a beach chair to work on your tan as the kids play. Amelia Island captures both a rustic and sporty approach to beach life with driving permitted on most beaches and secluded spots with nary a soul in sight. Pick your pleasure for sand and sun.
Neptune Beach lures surfers for its sporty culture and good waves. At its heart is Beaches Town Center, a pedestrianfriendly area that’s home to boutiques, pubs and cafés and a good place to find beach gear. Beginning at One Ocean, a towering resort hotel, is Atlantic Beach. The mostly residential area features quiet beaches and dining and shopping on nearby Atlantic Avenue.
The closest beach to downtown Jacksonville, this is the place for a festive beach- going excursion. Surf shops, patio bars and restaurants serving seafood and burgers line the beachfront. The pier is a popular destination for catching fish or catching ocean views.
Driving on the beach is by permit only on these beaches: American, Peter’s Point and Seaside Park. If you are an angler, a hot spot is Amelia Island State Park, where you can drop a line from the long pier or fish directly from the shore. Convenient to the town of Fernandina Beach, Main Beach is family-friendly with a playground and a simple putt-putt course.
While much of this beach is private, you can access a beautiful stretch at Mickler’s Landing, popular for surfers and casual beach goers. For a nature fix beyond the beach, go to the GTM Research Reserve for kayaking and getting glimpses of wildlife such as egrets and alligators. And nearby, TPC Sawgrass happens to be a destination golf course.
The beautiful Atlantic
is a child’s paradise
The Jax Beach Pier