One of Jacksonville’s main attractions is its beaches. Situated along the coast of northeast Florida, the city has a long stretch of white sand beaches. The best part is the beaches are only a few minutes away from Jacksonville’s downtown. So if you want to escape the city, just have a few minute drive to one of Jacksonville’s beaches. The best part of Jacksonville’s beaches is they are for everybody, so everyone in your family will surely enjoy Jacksonville’s beaches.
Jacksonville offers three major beach areas, which are Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach. Let’s take a look those beaches and see what they have to offer.
When it comes to surfing spots, a lot of people think of Hawaiian pipeline. Jacksonville wouldn’t come to mind since the city is known as one of the business centers in the region. With its towering skyscraper, who would have thought that there is a beach with excellent surfing spot just outside the downtown area. Jacksonville Beach is also the closest beach from the city. So if you are an avid surfer, Jacksonville Beach is one of the places that you have to visit. Locals who are familiar with the best surfing spots in the area recommends “The Poles”. This surfing spot is located just outside of Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park.
Aside from its surfing waves, the beach is also known for its pier. People who are into fishing or just want to have a view of the ocean visit the fishing pier. The beach also doesn’t come short of bars, restaurants, and even golf course. It is indeed the perfect place to visit as it offers interesting places and activities for everybody.
Atlantic Beach is the northern most beach among the three. The area also has historical significance because historians believe that the first all year-round Native American settlement in North America was in this area.
The atmosphere in the beach is very relaxing, far different from the atmosphere in the downtown just a few minutes away. Both locals and tourists flock to the beach during summertime. The beach also has a golf course and parks. There are a lot of other activities that visitors can do in this beach such as cycling, surfing or beachcombing.
Neptune beach is situated between Jacksonville Beach and Atlantic Beach. It shares borders with Atlantic beach on the north and Jacksonville Beach on the south. Among the three beaches in Jacksonville, Neptune beach is the smallest.
Since the beach has a small coastal community, the atmosphere in the beach is more laid-back. If you want to pause, escape the fast lane and slow your pace down, this is the perfect beach to visit. This beach also offers the best sunrises and sunsets. With its laid-back atmosphere and an amazing view of the shoreline and the sunset, this beach will surely take your stress away.
Aside from the beach and the view, the community also has other things to offer. There are business establishments in the area for your conveniences such as restaurants, oceanfront hotels, boutiques, and shops.