Located 17 miles from Downtown Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach offers visitors a family-friendly beach vacation with outdoor activities, a variety of hotels for all budgets and if you’re into nightlife, we’ve got plenty…
Find more adventure than you can handle at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park.
The farthest north in Jacksonville’s beaches community, Atlantic Beach has a rich history of being an esteemed vacation destination dating back to the early 1900s.
Today, visitors can experience fine dining, upscale accommodations, outdoor activities and more just steps from the ocean. From Henry Flagler’s Continental Hotel in the early 1900s to today’s upscale One Ocean Resort, you’ll find quiet beaches and activities to keep you on the move during your time in Atlantic Beach. With the nearby Beaches Town Center, this pedestrian-friendly area offers visitors nightlife while the nature-centric Hanna Park allows outdoor adventurers opportunities to explore the ocean, trails and waterways of Northeast Florida.
In the early 1900s, not long after Henry M. Flagler purchased the Jacksonville and Atlantic Railroad, he built the Continental Hotel, a resort destination featuring 250 guest rooms, large parlors and a dining room with amenities including a 9-hole golf course, dance pavilion, tennis courts, fishing pier and riding stable. With a train depot adjacent to the resort, vacationers flocked to Atlantic Beach for close to 20 years until the resort burned to the ground in 1919.
Today, Atlantic Beach visitors can enjoy a bit of luxury with accommodations at the One Ocean Resort with an on-site spa and fine dining with an oceanfront view at Azurea Restaurant. For a trendy stay, Hotel Palms is a boutique property, originally built in 1947 as a motor court inn that shines today as an inspiring stay focusing on design and architecture, just three blocks from the ocean. Another boutique property, the Salt Air Inn & Suites, was established in 1946 and was recently remodeled with authentic Florida beach vibes. The property offers guests modern amenities a few short blocks from the beach.
The Beaches Town Center is home to dining, shopping and nightlife with Atlantic Boulevard serving as the line between Atlantic Beach on the north and Neptune Beach to the south. Here, stop in for a drink at Poe’s Tavern where the décor, bites and beverages are a nod to Edgar Allan Poe. With live music and a lively patio scene, RagTime Tavern, Seafood & Grille offers fresh seafood and plenty of libations. At the trendy Coop 303, enjoy rooftop dining and a unique menu complete with fried chicken and creative cocktails.
Earn another stamp in your Jax Ale Trail passport with a stop at Atlantic Beach’s Reve Brewing. This neighborhood brewery is known for its welcoming atmosphere and producing hazy and fruited sours, barrel aged stouts and beer. A few doors down, Jacksonville’s first craft distillery, Grey Matter Distilling offers tours, tastings and creative cocktails. Try their Carve Craft Vodka, Live Oak Whiskey and the latest creation 90.4 proof, Mayport Moonshine.
Atlantic Beach’s Cultural Corridor’s mission is to be the hub for culinary arts and the community, and they’ve done just that. Showcasing local makers and creators selling their goods to the community, their local events also highlight a variety of cuisine with food truck roundups. Get to know local artists at the Atlantic Beach Arts Market, featuring over 90 local vendors. Open seven days a week, browse local jewelry, pottery, glass, fine arts, handmade gifts and more to find the perfect souvenir to take home.
Nestled between Atlantic Beach and Mayport, Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is an outdoors lovers haven with eco-adventures throughout this city-owned park. It features over 20-miles of hiking and biking trails, a 60-acre lake for kayaking, 1.5 miles of beachfront and surfers won’t want to miss The Poles – the top surfing spot in Northeast Florida. Sleep under the stars with tent and RV camping or choose to rent a cozy cabin located inside the park.
So, grab a beach chair and get ready to soak in the sunshine and adventures found in Atlantic Beach.
You won’t be disappointed.
With 1,100 miles of navigable water, Jax has more shoreline than any other city in the nation.
Take the less traditional route to explore this River City from the water! You don’t need a boat of your own, just tag along on one of these local tours and explore the St. Johns River, the Intracoastal Waterway and our beaches.