Known simply as "The Beaches" to many,
the Jacksonville Florida Beaches area includes a number of small waterfront communities along the northern half of San Pablo Island. The area is commonly said to include the communities of Mayport, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, and Palm Valley. With more than ten miles of perfect Atlantic Coast, abundant amenities, and world class seaside golfing, it’s no surprise the majority of the area’s tourist traffic makes its way to Jacksonville Florida Beaches. Residents here enjoy spacious properties surrounded by generous green space, just minutes from the heart of the metro area.
Make the most of your vacation to the First Coast by downloading Jacksonville’s official destination app, intoGo. Available on the App Store and Google Play, intoGo provides personal event and location recommendations throughout the city based on your preferences. Discover parks, live music, family fun, outdoor recreation, dining, and more with a quick swipe of your finger. With the intoGo personal concierge at hand, families can spend less time searching and more time exploring Jacksonville’s rich culture and all our city has to offer.
Find fun things to do along the First Coast!
We have listed a few of our favorite things to do around the beaches below.
Pack up your beach chairs, umbrella, towels, sunscreen and floppy hats and take a trip to one of many beaches along the North Florida coast! Whether you want to spend a day relaxing and listening to the waves, or you want to play in the water with your family, our beaches can satisfy your every whim! With miles of white sand and crystal blue water, you’ll never want to leave!
Got a craving for fish tonight? Grab your fishing pole and head to the Jacksonville Pier. For $4 you can fish the day away. Not in the mood for fishing? That’s ok, too! There are plenty of local fisherman to talk to and observe. With nearly a quarter mile of Atlantic Ocean views, you might catch a glimpse of a passing dolphin or two, or even a Northern Right Whale during the winter season!
Fun for the whole family! Adventure Landing features Shipwreck Island Waterpark, with 4 exciting waterslides, a giant wave pool, lazy river, water cannons and more! Forgot your bathing suit? No problem! Play a round of mini golf, a game of laser tag, or have hours of fun in the arcade.
Enjoy the best Florida has to offer at this 36 acre nature preserve and park located on the Intracoastal Waterway. Keep your eyes peeled for some Florida wildlife from the observation platform overlooking the marshes. Take a walk through the hardwood hammock to a southern dock where you can kayak and canoe through Pablo Creek. You can even bring your binoculars for an excellent chance to see some migrant songbirds and shorebirds!
Located just west in Jacksonville, you can visit one of the 12 nationwide locations that brew Anheuser Busch beverages. Guests over the age of 21 are offered a complimentary sample in the hospitality room. Other snacks and refreshments are also available.
The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) is located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and is one of the east coasts few protected coastal areas. Come see the over 78,000 acres of beautiful Florida wildlife! With beach access, miles of walking and biking trails, the Guana Dam, and an educational center, there is plenty to do for the whole family!
With over 2,000 exotic animals, the Jacksonville Zoo is a great place to spend an entire day! Make sure to visit the award-winning Range of the Jaguars and get up close and personal with a giraffe at the Giraffe Overlook. Take a walk through the Botanical Gardens to view the native North Florida plants as well as other themed plant life areas. Take the kids to cool off at the 4,000 square foot Splash Ground or the neighboring Discovery Center that has lots of interactive fun!
Enjoy a play at Players by the Sea. This artist-driven community theater is locally owned and operated. Check their website for a schedule of fun and educational shows!
The heart of Neptune and Atlantic Beach! Enjoy a quaint little block of restaurants, bars, shops and spas. With brick walkways, beach access and plenty of outdoor seating, enjoy a night of entertainment with your friends and family.
Are you a history buff? Kingsley Plantation is the oldest existing plantation in Florida. Visit to take a guided tour of the plantation and spend a day learning about the agricultural estate and exploring the expansive grounds.
Take the St. John’s River ferry over to Huguenot Memorial Park to enjoy the natural beauty Florida has to offer. Spend the night on a waterfront campsite, or just go for the day to enjoy the many activities the park offers, including swimming, fishing, boat ramps and picnic areas.
The Cummer Museum located in Jacksonville is houses one of the greatest art collections in the southeast, with over 5,000 permanent objects in its collection. The museum’s art spans a vast time frame, from 2100 B.C. to the 21st century, as well as many special exhibits. The Gardens section holds acres of garden design from across the centuries. Make sure to visit the majestic Cummer Oak, one of the oldest trees in Jacksonville!
Just a few minutes south of Jacksonville Beach you will find the United States’ oldest city St. Augustine! Spend the day exploring the fort and the historic city. Make a stop at Ripley’s Believe it or Not to enjoy some of the weirder things St. Augustine has to offer. Don’t feel like walking? Take one of the sightseeing trains or horse drawn carriages through the city, or one of the many daily boat tours around the harbor.
Located in Jacksonville’s southside, this open-air shopping center is home to over 150 top name stores and restaurants, including Apple, Tiffany & Co., Pottery Barn, Nordstrom and more.
The Jacksonville area is home to over 1,200 holes, and 70 courses of golf, which makes it a perfect golfer getaway! Every year, Ponte Vedra hosts The Players Championship, which brings some of the top golfers in the world to this beautiful area for an interactive fan experience.