Find out everything you need to know about hitting the beach during your trip to Jacksonville.
What are the best beaches in Jacksonville, FL?
The city’s four main beaches are Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Mayport Beach, and Atlantic Beach. The beaches are just a short drive from Downtown Jacksonville and each beach offers a unique personality and community.
What are the top things to do on the beach?
If you are looking to do more than just relax with a favorite beach read, there are plenty of options for staying active while at the beach. Take a paddleboard out for a spin, go diving amongst beautiful reefs and marine life, or rent a beach cruiser and ride along the water’s edge. Surfing is another favorite Jacksonville past time and you can find local experts to coordinate surfboard rentals and lessons for you.
Where can I go surfing?
There are a couple of amazing surf spots in Jacksonville. For beginners, Atlantic beach is a great option because the waves are good year-round and there’s plenty of room to ride. For more expert breaks, or to watch local surfers tear it up, head to Huguenot Park, or find “the poles” at Hanna Park, or the fishing pier at Jacksonville Beach. These are all local favorites.
What are the top attractions near the beaches?
Soak up the sun and dip into a little local history at the Beaches Museum, where exhibits include historic photography, artwork, and exhibits preserving the area’s unique culture. Visitors may also enjoy a walk on the Jacksonville Beach Pier for unparalleled views of the Atlantic and to watch anglers fish for deep-water species. Jacksonville’s beach communities are very walkable and offer plenty of shopping and dining options to explore too!
Are there dining and nightlife options near the beach?
Absolutely! From craft breweries and family dining, to fresh seafood and upscale restaurants and clubs, you will have tons of options to choose from near Jacksonville, Atlantic, and Neptune Beaches. Foodies won’t want to miss a visit to Mayport Beach’s historic Fish Camps for the freshest seafood and a taste of our famous Mayport Shrimp! Explore even more dining and nightlife choices on our website.
Where can you park near the beach?
There are several public parking lots near the beaches making it easy to find a spot and enjoy your day.
Are there restrooms and showers available?
Yes, there are multiple public restrooms and outdoor shower locations available. Visit the Jacksonville Beach website for more details.
Is fishing permitted on the beach?
Yes, many visitors enjoy fishing on Jacksonville Beach Pier. There is no license required and the pier is wheelchair accessible and offers a bait and tackle shop as well. Learn more about all of the amazing fishing options throughout Jacksonville.
When is it common to see sea turtles on the beach?
Visitors are likely to see sea turtles during nesting season, which runs from early May through late October. If you are lucky enough to see sea turtles or nests on the beach, keep your distance and do not disturb them. You can find more information and tips on helping sea turtles thrive here.
Are grills allowed on the beach?
Yes, charcoal and gas grills are permitted on Jacksonville and Atlantic Beaches, so don’t hesitate to get cooking. Just be sure to remove your charcoal from the beach after your cookout.
Are dogs allowed on the beach?
You can bring your best friend with you on your beach trip! Dogs are allowed on the beach at any hour from October 1st through March 31st. From April 1st through September 30th, however, dogs are not permitted on the beach during peak hours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Remember, dogs must be leashed at all times. Here's a guide to the top dog-friendly beaches. Check out even more pet friendly travel tips here.
Are there campgrounds near the beach?
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park offers 300 RV, tent, and rustic cabin sites with access to the beach. The park also boasts 15 miles of bike trails, a freshwater lake, a playground, sports facilities, kayak and bike rentals, and more! It’s a great choice for an outdoor family getaway.
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