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.
Get to Know Jacksonville's Different Beaches
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.
Atlantic Beach & Neptune Beach
South of Mayport are the communities of Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach. The intersection of Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach is a hot spot called the Beaches Town Center. It's a perfect spot where you can enjoy casual and upscale dining, 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. At night, grab a blanket and head to the Sea Walk Pavilion on Jacksonville Beach for movies and music. Spring and Summer events include music festivals, the Moonlight Movies Series and Summer Jazz concert series. Cap off the day with a pint from one of Jax Beach's local breweries or a beachy cocktail from any number of amazing craft coctail bars in the area. Nightlife is also hot in Jacksonville Beach, with oceanfront clubs and intimate pubs.
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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