At the areas most successful independent bookstore, The Bookmark, browse the shelves for the latest best sellers and take part in author events. Make your way over to Southern Grounds for fresh coffee, homemade desserts, wine and craft beers. At Slider’s Oyster Bar, guests can expect a no-frills experience with fresh seafood and a lively patio – perfect for a day at the beach.
Neptune Beach’s accommodations include the Seahorse Oceanfront Inn, where all rooms are oceanfront and have a private balcony or patio overlooking the pool and courtyard. The Inn is also home to the popular Lemon Bar, open seasonally offering frozen concoctions with ocean views. This is the place to see and be seen during summer weekends.
For a bit of local history and nostalgia, stop in at Pete’s Bar on First Street. In the early 1920s, resident Pete Jensen opened a market in Neptune Beach supplying residents with groceries and more. When prohibition ended in 1933, Jensen acquired what is said to be Duval County’s first liquor license and opened Pete’s Bar, which still serves guests today. Well-known for its annual Thanksgiving Day celebration with closed streets and festivities, Pete’s is a local landmark making you feel like a local during your time in Neptune Beach.