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Place Category: Beach Towns
Nestled along Florida’s northeast coast is the vibrant and scenic Jacksonville Beach. It is part of the popular beach communities in Duval County, northeast of Florida. Jacksonville Beach offers gorgeous white sand, vast stretches of a gorgeous beach, a popular fishing pier, a newly redesigned golf course, and plenty of water activities.
Incorporated in 1907, this beach is a considered a coastal city resort. Every year, thousands of tourists visit the city driven to experience its excellent white sand beaches, affordable accommodations, and fun activities.
Jacksonville Beach is a perfect destination for any type of getaway, whether you are looking for a simple weekend rest or a 7-day vacation. It is very near the popular city of Jacksonville, and accessible from other neighboring beaches. In fact, during summer seasons, tourists can rent beach trolleys, allowing them to get around other beaches in the area easily.
Jacksonville Beach Attractions
Adventure Landing – Adventure Landing and Shipwreck Island Water Park is considered the largest Family Entertainment Center in Northeast Florida. The water park offers individual and family activities that will surely make your vacation a memorable one. You can visit various themed-parks such as Go-Karts, roller coasters, teddy bear factory, and many more.
Florida’s First Coast of Golf Courses – If you plan to enjoy a golfing experience like no other, Jacksonville Beach is something to look forward to. Head to Jacksonville Beach Golf Club for a fun day of golfing adventure
Beaches Museum and History Park – This museum features a restored 19th century house that was once used by the Florida East Coast Railroad Section Foreman. You will also have the chance to see one of the oldest structures in the area – the Beaches Chapel – built in 1887
Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier – For some relaxing afternoon, you can drop a line at the popular hangout, the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier. This pier is almost a quarter mile long, at the end of the pier is a T-shape area where you can relax and enjoy an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Oceanfront Park – located at 1st Street South, this park is best for families and friends to enjoy the tranquil beach. You will find quaint picnic spots in the area, as well as, a volleyball court.
South Beach Park and Sunshine Playground – This small park is perfect for walking around, picnics, and a great destination for kids. The park comes with an amazing skating area, walking trails, volleyball and basketball courts, and a fitness trail.
Enjoy nightlife– At night, you can head over to the Sea Walk Pavilion right at the heart of Jacksonville Beach to enjoy music and movies. During spring and summer, special events like a music festival, summer jazz concerts, and moonlight movie series are annual events.
Water Sports – There are plenty of fun activities which you can enjoy when in Jacksonville Beach. Paddle boarding is a nice activity that you and your family will be able to enjoy. Waves are also to die for in these beaches, you can enjoy swimming lessons from local surfing schools. Additionally, for an even “deeper” experience, the waters of Jacksonville Beach also offers an extensive and impressive reef system, making it one of Florida’s best diving spots.
How To Get There
You can easily get to Jacksonville Beach from the big city of Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) is accessible from many other major airports around the country. If you are driving into Florida from the north, you can take 1-95 South and exit at State Road 9-A to Jacksonville. Driving from south of Jacksonville, you should take I-95 and exit at Heckscher Drive, pass Jacksonville Zoo. Finally, if you are coming from the west, Take I-10 East towards JAX, then take I-295 North and Exit #395.
From the downtown area, Jacksonville Beach is about 28 minutes away via Beach Boulevard. You can also take the Mathews Bridge to Arlington Expressway east until you reach A1A, turn left towards Jacksonville Beach.