Jacksonville’s Unique Beaches

Jacksonville is home to 22 miles of fun and relaxing beaches, with vast stretches of white sands to enjoy all kinds of water activities. Here, visitors and locals can experience not only the typical Florida beach, but something more unique and unforgettable!

Black Rock Beach at Big Talbot Island

This unique beach is located inside the Talbot Islands State Park in a barrier island on the Atlantic Coast between Amelia Island and Fort George Island. It is best known for its unusual rocky shoreline, dubbed Black Rock Beach, because of its dark rocks. Only 4 percent of the land in the entire world has the same kind of unique organic soil formations as Black Rock Beach. The beach has free access and parking right off A1A, so it’s a popular spot to look at the unique erosion along the shoreline, one of the oldest rock formation in the world.

Address: A1A N, Jacksonville, FL 32226

Boneyard Beach at Big Talbot Island

This unique beach on Big Talbot Island lies beyond a 20-foot-bluff. It’s called Boneyard Beach because of the bleached skeletons of oaks along the shoreline. While it’s not recommended for swimming, it’s a very popular spot for hike, a kayak paddle, and for photographers who are mesmerized by view.

Address: A1A N, Jacksonville, FL 32226

Huguenot Park

Part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, this city park is home to nesting terns and shorebirds. It’s a favorite spot for locals looking to fish, swim, camping or simply relax on the beach. The park’s nature center lets visitors explore many of the plants and animals they find along the beach. Bonus: you can drive your car on it!

Address: 10980 Heckscher Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32226

Hanna Park

This 450-acre Atlantic Beach park is known for the great surfing conditions it offers. It has a beach, a freshwater lake, a water playground with fountains, kayaking, fishing and campsites. There’s something for everyone here! Pets on a leash are welcomed. Access to the park is just $5 per car.

Address: 500 Wonderwood Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32233

Little Talbot Island State Park

Enjoy more than five miles of bountiful, white sandy beaches at Little Talbot Island. It is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in northeast Florida. Here, you’ll find maritime forests, dunes, and salt marshes. Among the diverse habitats, you’ll spot river otters, marsh rabbits, and variety of birds. You can rent kayaks, bikes and camping gear at the park. It offers camping facilities like showers and electrify hookups. You can hike and bike this park as well.

Address: 12157 Heckscher Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32226

Mayport Village

Mayport, a small town rich in history, is located where the St. Johns River empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy fresh local seafood including the popular Mayport Shrimp and see the St. Johns River lighthouse at Mayport’s Naval Station. You can ride the St. Johns River Ferry, which connects Mayport to Fort George Island, and catch a fishing charter boat for some deep-sea fishing adventures. The historic village has been populated since 1562, when the French first settled in Northeast Florida.

Address: 4378 Ocean Street #3, Mayport, FL 32233

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