Beach Town Center, Jacksonville
Divided by Atlantic Blvd., the pedestrian-friendly communities of Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach share a the lively, beautifully landscaped Beach Town Center. Beginning at the Atlantic Blvd. beach access and spanning a few square blocks, Beach Town Center is full of funky, trendy and casual hotspots located just footsteps from the sand. Here, popular restaurants like North Beach Fish Camp, Poe's Tavern, Ragtime, Al’s Pizza, Mezza Luna, Ocean 60, Flying Iguana, Joseph’s, and Sliders -- along with other eateries, coffee and dessert shops -- draw patrons from Jacksonville and beyond in a very idyllic, friendly atmosphere. Here it is common to see swimsuit-clad bicyclists, sandy-footed just-off-the-beach pedestrians, well-groomed for a date yuppies, and family guys like myself pushing strollers loaded with beach bags and toys. At Christmas time, Beach Town Center is a wonderland of lights wrapped around the numerous palm trees that line its streets.