Florida's Best Beaches
The beaches of Jacksonville are some of the most beautiful in all of Florida. Atlantic Beach is my favorite of the residential/tourist beaches, and Big Talbot Island is my favorite "natural" beach.
Jacksonville's beaches are generally very wide, with soft, white powder sand above the high tide line and damp, packed sand below the high tide line. The damp, packed sand is great for bicycling! Calm tidal pools and small pockets of shells commonly form along the shoreline. Be sure to check out my descriptions of Jacksonville's diverse beaches in both the "Must See Activities" and "Off the Beaten Path" tips.
Jacksonville's beaches include (from north to south): Big Talbot Island, Little Talbot Island, Huguenot Park, Hanna Park, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Mickler's Landing and Guana River State Park. In addition, the sandy shores of Amelia Island, just north of Jacksonville, are also generally considered part of Jacksonville's beaches. For a map of Jacksonville's beaches, including Amelia Island, see my travelougue section.
Jacksonville - Golfer's Paradise
If you're a golfer you should know that Greater Jacksonville is home to not only the World Golf Hall of Fame and the Tournament Players Championship, but also boasts some 50 golf courses from which to choose, including, public, private, and upscale resort courses.
the saltlife food shack is a beach themed restaurant located in jacksonville beach. saltlife offers local seafood, pacific rim, and american fare. saltlife has an interesting beach bar decor and the food is moderatlely priced. a very good dining value in the jacksonville area. they do not take reservations so expect to wait for a table on friday and saturday nights.
A Great Zoo that deserves more attention!
The Jacksonville Zoo is a real Gem for the city. I had visited the city many times but had never gotten to the Zoo. I wish I had seen it earlier.
The Zoo has the full Spectrum of Animals and they were building a rather large Jaguar exhibit that looked promising.
Some of the pathways are elevated boardwalks which helps with spotting the animals. They have a great exhibit on local wildlife as well.
For the kids, they have a pretty good petting zoo and the walk in bird exhibit is a riot.
A week in Florida
"A week visiting Northern Florida"
Stayed in Jacksonville at the Hotel Indigo which was right off of 202. Spent almost everyday going to Jacksonville beach, which was great. The water was warm and the calm. I have never seen so many sea shells my entire life. The beach was covered in them. It was one of the nicest beaches I have been to and definetly the best on the eastern shore when it comes to water temperature for June (that I have been to). Took a day trip down to St. Augustine which wasn't far at all and would definetly recommend it to anyone.