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Just a few minutes from Downtown, Jacksonville's white sand beaches await you. Spend a day unwinding by the ocean and enjoy the nearby shops, restaurants, attractions, and nightlife in the evening.
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. Casual fun restaurants, nightlife hotspots, souvenir shops, and oceanfront hotels blend into the scene without crowding the views of the shorelines in Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Mayport.
There are four separate beach areas, each with its own unique characteristics:
Farthest north, the quaint, historic village of Mayport is home to the ferry, seafood restaurants offering their freshest catch, fishing charters and the Marine Science Education Center. Dine on freshly-caught seafood, including the local specialty, Mayport shrimp. Then head over to Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park to enjoy the beach and explore 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.
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 cocktail bars in the area. Nightlife is also hot in Jacksonville Beach, with oceanfront clubs and intimate pubs.
Seafood of course! Jacksonville’s own Mayport Shrimp is the culinary staple of the region. Enjoy it and other local fresh seafood at unique and delicious spots like North Beach Fish Camp, Eleven South, Doro, Marker 32, Azurea at One Ocean, and Hawkers, Flying Iguana, Sliders Seafood Grill, Culhane's Irish Pub and Mezza.
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.