Enjoy the best of Jacksonville Beach! Jacksonville Beach Vacations has a little bit of something for everyone. Bring your flip-flops and pack that sunscreen. Sunbathe on 22 miles of wide, uncrowded beaches. Gorgeous white sand beaches await you just minutes from downtown Jacksonville. With plenty of beachfront and walking-distance accommodations, the beaches are a quick and easy escape from the everyday. Along the 22-miles paradise, Jacksonville offers a range of activities including water sports, relaxation, nightlife, and family fun. During the Summer months jump aboard Jax Beach’s convenient Beaches Trolley to explore all the beach neighborhoods and attractions for just $1.50 fare. Visit the beautiful beaches of Florida’s East Coast There are four separate beach areas, each with its own unique characteristics:
Jacksonville Weather – When to Visit
The best times to visit Jacksonville are from March to May and September to November. You will have pleasant weather, as well as fewer tourists and lower prices than the summer months. June through August is peak travel season in northeast Florida, with hot temperatures and plenty of sunshine drawing beach bums in droves. Winter, on the other hand, can see average temperatures drop into the 40s, driving visitors away and prices way down. If you’re looking for a deal, then plan on a cold-weather visit to Jacksonville.
Best Jacksonville Area Beaches
Atlantic Beach is a wide beach that attracts surfers, kayakers, sunbathers and cyclists, who come to enjoy a ride on the hard-packed sand along the shoreline. Find another lovely stretch of beach at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, which also has hiking trails to explore and a kids’ splash park just a short walk back from the beach.
Neptune Beach is a laid-back town with a beautiful length of white sand. The mile-long beach is ideal for a relaxing day out, whether you’re just wanting to rest on the sand or catch some waves. If you’re in the mood for some shopping or dining, head to Beaches Town Center, an outdoor mall at the north end of the beach with boutique shops, cafés and bars with live music.
Jacksonville Beach is the busiest of all the beaches in the area, with more than 3.7 miles of wide, sandy beach. The beach offers every activity you’d hope to find at the seaside including surfing, beach volleyball and several events and festivals through the year. Sheltered picnic areas and a seafront playground make Jacksonville Beach a great place for families.
Ponte Vedra Beach
Ponte Vedra Beach has a landscape of sand dunes, which at 40 ft tall are among the highest in Florida. The white-sand beach offers plenty of space to relax, sunbathe and stroll. Keep an eye out for shark’s teeth on this beach. There is plenty of shopping and dining choices as well.
Mayport Beach is well worth a visit even if you’re not a surfer, with its pristine sands offering a scenic place to unwind and enjoy the sea breezes. The Poles (surfing spot) are found within Hanna Park, with a small entry fee required to enter.
Best Jacksonville Restaurants
Azurea Restaurant $11 – 30
Located on the beach, Azurea remains true to its local surroundings, providing an elegant, artfully inspired atmosphere, where a view of the ocean is accessible from any seat in the house. Azurea showcases the area’s culinary movement with an eclectic tribute to the flavors of Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. The menu changes with each season, representing the latest trends and finest ingredients. Following the swirling waves in the wall of glass, guests are led to Azurea’s ultra chic lounge that features an idyllic setting and delicious drinks. The outdoor veranda of the lounge also offers the perfect setting to enjoy a quality cigar or settle in by the fire pit with a cocktail in hand. The lounge provides community seating for a relaxed and sociable experience. Toast to an unforgettable evening with an ocean inspired cocktail, delicious martini or specialty mixed drink as you admire gorgeous sunset views. Telephone: 904-249-7402 Web: Azurea Restaurant.
Flaming Seafood & Shao Kao BBQ $11 – 30
Flaming Seafood & Shao Kao BBQ would like to introduce you to Shao Kao BBQ, which are a variety of meat and vegetables served on bamboo sticks. Shao Kao is a very popular street food in China, it’s also getting popular in NYC and LA. Our chef’s at Flaming’s use their knowledge of eastern spice and infuse it with western flavor to bring you this unique and delicious dining experience. Locally owned and locally prepared. Telephone: 904-853-6398 Web: Flaming Seafood & Shao Kao BBQ.
Safe Harbor Seafood Restaurant $11 – 30
Safe Harbor Seafood Restaurant is perched along the east edge of the Jacksonville Beach Boat ramp. A glance in any direction is rewarded with views of the majestic marsh and lively boating scene for which our city is so proud. The casual setting ensures comfort and relaxation will accompany your divinely fresh meal. Telephone: 904-479-3474 Web: Safe Harbor Seafood Restaurant.
Eleven South $31 – 60
Located in South Jacksonville Beach, Eleven South provides a warm and elegant setting to enjoy seasonally inspired world cuisine by our award winning team. Named for its distinctive location, just blocks from the ocean, Eleven South balances a casual environment, professional service and an exceptional menu offering, while maintaining a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. They believe fine dining can be fun and invite you try it first hand. You will see why so many of their customers go back time and time again and why so many love to say…Meet me at Eleven. Telephone: 904-241-1112 Web: Eleven South.
Jaxon Social $11 – 30
Their name reflects two things they value most: community and relationships. At Jaxon Social they celebrate all things Jacksonville, all things local. You may spot their chefs at the local green market and you’ll always find local craft brews ready to pour at their tap tables. They use local purveyors and choose locally grown food whenever possible. Of course, no community exists without relationships which brings us to social–the second part of their name. At Jaxon Social, they believe the experience of dining is as important as the food and drink, so go and be social with them. Put down your smartphones and experience dining unplugged. Their doors open, board games are on the patio, Chef Matt’s in the kitchen and Carissa’s behind the bar. You might even find Ben crowd-pleasing in the front of the house. Telephone: 904-990-8573 Web: Jaxon Social.
Best Jacksonville Nightlife
Green Room Brewing
Green Room Brewing is Jacksonville Beach’s first microbrewery! Their goal is to bring great, locally made beer to the Beaches and beyond. They brew beers that interest the casual drinker and the beer aficionado. Feel free to bring that furry friend of yours to the bar! Just make sure that the pup has a leash and can play well with others. A great beer can complement a good meal. However, they don’t serve food, so feel free to bring your own! A binder of menus of restaurants that deliver is available at the bar! Telephone: 904-201-9283 Web: Green Room Brewing.
Really Good Beer Stop
They’re Jacksonville Beach’s ultimate craft beer and growler store—bringing the highest quality craft brews to all you hop heads and casual beer drinkers alike. They offer many grab’n’go bottles and cans as well as 20 rotating taps ranging from local brews to regional and national craft beers. Just grab a 32oz. or 64oz. growler, fill ‘er up and take it virtually anywhere. They also have Crowlers®—ginormous 32oz. cans you can fill up with any really good beer you want. As craft beer experts, they’re always on the hunt for both popular and hard-to-find beers so check the beer list daily then drop by and see if they can help you discover your new favorite brew. Telephone: 904-372-0910 Web: Really Good Beer Stop.
The Wine Bar
Set amongst the refreshingly relaxed beach atmosphere, The Wine Bar is the perfect marriage of a upscale aura combined with a an aroma of friendship. Their beloved bar is located in the heart of Jacksonville Beach, perfect for visitors and locals alike. Purporting the longest daily Happy Hour in Jax Beach, this gem of a bar boasts more than just wine: seasonally modified craft beers, house-crafted red and white sangria, fun and affordable Jell-o shots, and live music 4 nights a week. Fresh, handmade tapas procured from local sources and an extensive wine list featuring boutique-style wines creates a unique atmosphere unlike any other in the area. Telephone: 904-372-0211 Web: The Wine Bar.
The Mellow Mushroom
Mellow Mushroom is proud to serve Jacksonville Beach with delicious pizza, hoagies, calzones and salads. Providing quality food since 1974, they use fresh ingredients on all their menu items. Locally owned and operated by John and David Valentino, the Mellow Mushroom is more than just a pizza restaurant; it is where Jacksonville Beach pizza lovers and beer lovers gather. Their menu and locations are as eclectic as our fans. Join the beer club, shop our Mellow shirts and see the unique artwork in each of the locations. And yes it is true, they have a bus in the restaurant! It is a must see and a perfect place to hold a birthday party. They serve slices until 2 a.m. and a full menu until 1:30 a.m. Telephone: 904-241-5600 Web: The Mellow Mushroom.
Shim Sham Room
Welcome to The Shim Sham Room, a rock n’ roll cocktail lounge where the art of drinking is on display nightly. Never stuffy…The Shim Sham Room’s classically trained bartenders will lovingly create you everything from an extraordinary Old Fashioned to a Jager Bomb. Upon entering, you are greeted in the public house with comfortable seating and an expansive bar. Up the staircase and you’ve got their vintage spirit lounge with live music. Out back, you’ll find yourself in their secluded patio where smoking is permitted and yet another bar to take care of your drinking desires. Telephone: 904-372-0781 Web: Shim Sham Room.