Not only does Jacksonville offer a mild temperate climate to enjoy year-round activities, Jacksonville area beaches are close by for a day or weekend of relaxing. Spending the day at Jacksonville beaches may be just the ticket to recharge your batteries after a long week.
For quiet, unspoiled beaches, try the beaches of Big Talbot and Little Talbot Island State Parks. Big Talbot and Little Talbot Islands are part of a barrier island chain that stretches from Savannah to Jacksonville. On Big Talbot and Little Talbot you can enjoy the beach without all of the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with big city beaches. Enjoy surf fishing, ocean kayaking, bird watching or just a picnic under the canopy of century-old oak trees.
If it’s the hustle and bustle of a busy beach that excites you, there’s no place better than Jacksonville Beach. Located at the foot of Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach has ample parking and an abundance of beachfront restaurants available to offer an cool respite from the sun while enjoying great food. From Beach Boulevard North to 6th Avenue North, there are restaurants, surf shops and parking available adjacent to a brick walkway over those six blocks. For some great area ocean fishing, the Jacksonville Beach Pier extends nearly a quarter of a mile into the ocean. Consider making a weekend of it with a stay at any number of oceanfront hotels that extend between Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach.
Other area beaches include the beaches on Amelia Island and the beaches of South Ponte Vedra. Amelia Island beaches have parking lots available on the ocean side with dune walkovers at each lot. Larger parking areas at Peter’s Point and Main Beach have showers and restrooms available. In some locations there is driving on the beach available if you have four wheel drive at Peter’s Point, Amelia Island State Park and Sadler Road beach accesses. To find the public beaches of South Ponte Vedra, public parking areas are located on the west side of A1A. Look for these parking areas to find the public beach accesses of St. John’s County.
Having accessible beaches is just one of the great benefits of living in Jacksonville. Across Nassau, Duval and St. John’s Counties, nearly 90 miles of beach await you and your family. Relaxing for a day at Jacksonville beaches can wash away the stresses of your busy and hectic life.