• All you need is a blanket and your favorite book. While you're here, don't miss these five beachside attractions.
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    Escape on Jacksonville's beaches.

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  • Jump right in, the water is warm and perfect for boogie boarding or stand up paddle boarding.
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    Catch a wave at Jacksonville Beach.

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The Beaches & Historic Mayport

22 miles of wide, uncrowded beaches to relax and play on.

Bring your flip-flops and pack that sunscreen, Jacksonville has 22 miles of wide, uncrowded, white-sandy beaches that offer visitors majestic sunrises and star filled nights. Visitors will find plenty to do and a variety of water activities. Restaurants, nightlife hotspots, souvenir shops, and oceanfront hotels blend into the scene without crowding views of the shorelines in Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Mayport.

There are four separate beach areas, each with its own unique characteristics:

Farthest north, the quaint, historic village of Mayport is home to casino boats and seafood restaurants, offering their freshest catch. Dine on freshly-caught seafood, including the local specialty, Mayport shrimp. Then head over to Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, providing what many consider to be Jacksonville's favorite biking and hiking trails. The park also offers camping and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding wilderness.

South of Mayport are the communities of Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach. The intersection of Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach is a hot spot where you can enjoy casual and upscale dining at places like Azurea Restaurant, diverse shopping options, and a very happening nightlife scene. 

Rounding things out is Jacksonville Beach.  Get a tan, catch a wave on a boogie board, or have a picnic on the beach. For just $1 dollar (children under 6 are free!) take a walk down the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier, where local anglers reel in catches amidst stunning ocean views. At night, grab a blanket and head to the Sea Walk Pavilion on Jacksonville Beach for movies and music. Summer events include the Moonlight Movies Series and Summer Jazz concert series. Cap off the day with a pint from Jax Beach's local breweries Green Room Brewery and Engine 15 Brewing Co. or a beachy cocktail at Nipper's Beach Grille. Nightlife is also hot in Jacksonville Beach, with oceanfront clubs and intimate pubs. 

While you're here, dont' miss these five beachside attractions!

Getting Here from Downtown: Take the Mathews Bridge to the Arlington Expressway/Atlantic Blvd. east until you reach A1A. Turn right to go to Neptune and Atlantic Beach, left for Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beaches. There is plenty of free parking at the beaches and two city-owned lots that charge a small fee during the summer.



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