Jacksonville's Beaches

Set apart from inland Jacksonville by the Intracoastal Waterway, Jacksonville’s beaches, often referred to as “The Beaches,” encompasses over 20 miles of white sand coastline. The Beaches consist of four distinct areas, each with its own culture and defining characteristics.

Jacksonville Beach

The Jacksonville Beach Pier

Jacksonville Beach is the city’s southernmost beach and offers vast stretches of beautiful beach, a newly designed public golf course, a famous fishing pier and boatloads of water activities. With mild temperatures year-round, there is always something happening here from beach volleyball, surfing and fishing to a regular host of concerts, movies, and festivals held at the Sea Walk Pavilion, an outdoor ocean side amphitheater. Jacksonville Beach also offers an active nightlife scene featuring oceanfront clubs, bars, and restaurants. Visitors and natives alike never tire of the dolphins rolling at the surf line, while surfers continue to be drawn to the area by some of the best waves in the region. With a laidback atmosphere and no shortage of activity, Jacksonville Beach attracts both families and singles who love a casual and active lifestyle.

Atlantic Beach & Neptune Beach

Atlantic Bch

Just north of Jacksonville Beach are Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach, both lively beach towns with an array of shopping and dining options and an active local art scene. Both cities claim miles of peaceful beaches with beach access at the end of most blocks. The Beaches Town Center sits at the intersection of Atlantic and Neptune Beach. Here you will find a variety of casual and upscale dining options, enchanting shops and boutiques, and several beachside hotels. This area is active at any time of the day, but is especially noted for its nightlife. Well-known for their small town charm and beach cottage appeal, many are proud to call Atlantic and Neptune Beach home.



Mayport is the northernmost area and holds a rich history. This quaint fishing village is home to an operating naval base, as well as fisheries, casino boats, and charter boats. Book a fishing trip or stop into one of the quaint restaurants to dine on freshly caught seafood including the local specialty, Mayport shrimp. Or, take a ride on the Mayport Ferry to explore Fort George Island and Kingsley Plantation. Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is also not to be missed. A magnet for surfers, beachcombers, bicyclists and campers, it sits along Atlantic Beach’s northern border where a bit of Old Florida is still alive.