Jacksonville is home to the most shoreline of any Florida city, including 22 miles of beaches, each with their own personality and vibe.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 2019) – Jacksonville is home to the most shoreline of any Florida city, including 22 miles of beaches, each with their own personality and vibe.
Jacksonville’s four beach areas – Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Mayport Beach and Neptune Beach – boast a wide, scenic shoreline. The Atlantic, Jacksonville and Neptune beach communities are home to shopping areas, craft breweries and restaurants, as well as year-round special events. Mayport Beach is known for its historic Fish Camps, fresh seafood and famous Mayport Shrimp. Jacksonville’s State Parks and preserves also offer beaches where visitors can enjoy unique water activities while surrounded by lush flora and fauna.
Following are four fun beach adventures that visitors should experience on their next Jacksonville trip.
Standup Paddleboard Yoga. Imagine using a standup paddleboard as a yoga mat, surrounded by blue skies and the tranquil sounds of nature. Kayak Amelia, located in Big Talbot Island State Park, offers this unique class with a certified yoga instructor leading the way. no experience is necessary.
Surfing Spots for Beginners and Beyond. Jacksonville is one of the top surfing destinations on the East Coast. In fact, surfing website Surfline named Jacksonville one of the “Best Surf Cities in the World.” Summers are ideal for beginners to test out their skills. Jacksonville’s beach break has a soft, sandy bottom, which is perfect for beginners. There are plenty of surf schools that offer classes if you’re a newbie. After a day on the waves, check out Surfer the Bar, the official Surfer Magazine bar and restaurant, located at Jacksonville Beach – the only such location in the continental U.S.
Offshore Scuba Diving. Jacksonville is home to more than 100 artificial reefs packed with corals and sponges as well as exotic marine life, including dozens of colorful species of fish, sharks, sea turtles and more. The area’s extensive artificial reef system includes everything from sunken boats to airplanes. Jacksonville’s reefs are located along the continental shelf, an underwater landmass in relatively shallow water spanning more than 40 miles wide off the coast. There are many dive operators that offer affordable rates.
Saltwater and Freshwater Fishing. Jacksonville offers exhilarating deep sea fishing, but you don’t need a boat to cast your line. Jacksonville’s beaches and tidewaters offer convenient fishing access and there’s some great fishing spots in the area. The Jacksonville Pier is a popular option, as there is no license required and there’s an on-site bait and tackle shop. Anglers can catch everything from whiting, redfish and speckled sea trout to pompano and black drum. In addition, Jacksonville’s lakes, rivers and creeks are flush with species including speckled perch, catfish and largemouth bass, to name a few.
For more beach fun in Jacksonville check out www.visitjacksonville.com/things-to-do/beaches-water/
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