Jacksonville's beachside shopping district features hundreds of choices for shopping and plenty of opportunities to find treasures amongst the sand. From local boutiques to regional favorites, the A1A strip is a shopper's paradise, all within a neighborhood setting. Stop into Cottage by the Sea for treasures from the beach.
Named one of the top "100 Golf Shops" by Golf World, the TPC Sawgrass Golf Shop in Ponte Vedra Beach is truly a golfer's shopping paradise. TPC Sawgrass offers everything from Nike, adidas, Greg Norman Collection and Cutter & Buck to Titleist, Callaway Golf and TaylorMade. Enlist one of the shop's personal shoppers if you're in a style bind, but that shouldn't be a problem with its great selection.
For all the "hot mamas" in Jacksonville, stop in at another one of Ponte Vedra hippest shops. Hot Mama's Boutique equips all soon-to-be moms with everything needed to make sure little baby is comfortable, all while mom is laced in the latest haute couture. From Chip & Pepper jeans and Lauren Kiyomi sundresses to Ritzy Sitzy shopping cart chair covers and Bugaboo strollers for a comfy ride, everything needed for a swanky mommy and baby is at Hot Mama's.
If you're looking for a perfect accessory to complete your ensemble, head north to It's Eclectic in Jacksonville Beach. This boutique carries hard-to-find designer jewelry as well as a large collection of handbags and sunglasses. Their extensive Tarina Tarantino line is unmatched in size and shipments are received weekly. Nearby Rosie True and Ellie Bing also carry the latest in designer fashions.
For a sample of the beaches' fine art, cruise on over to the J. Johnson Gallery located just one block off the beach and ocean pier. The state-of-the-art gallery space was designed to showcase works ranging from modern masters and established artists to the finest mid-career and emerging artists. Past exhibitions include the works of Carlos Betancourt, Arnaldo Roche and acclaimed Mexican sculptor Javier Marín.
Feed your intellect with a good read and a cozy corner at The Bookmark just down the road in Atlantic Beach. Opened in 1990 as an independent beach community bookstore, The Bookmark is noted to be Jacksonville's best, offering a diverse array of classic novels and contemporary hits, paired with a knowledgeable and friendly staff.
The Beaches Town Center is also a great place to shop for clothing, fine art or that lagniappe. Known as the destination that bears a gift for anyone, Red Daisy in Neptune Beach is a unique gift shop that pairs the old with the new. Browse through an extensive collection of vintage candles and soaps to books and totes all while noting some of today's finest finds, making this beachside boutique a true treasure.
Also, check out fantastic works of art at First Street Gallery or find stylish fashions and jewelry at Unique Boutique, Jaffi's, Cate Lewis and Jewels by Lubeck. New in 2010 is Capri which carries resort wear like Three Dots and Trina Turk and the high-end beauty products of Mario Badescu and Susan Posnick, among other lines.
Reward yourself for a successful seaside shopping day with a sweet treat from Peterbrooke Chocolatier, a permanent fixture in Northeast Florida since 1983. Peterbrooke uses creativity in its chocolate offerings and is dedicated to using only the highest standards for quality and freshness in its ingredients. Be sure and try a sample of their signature item, chocolate-covered popcorn.