Jacksonville Beaches – Homes and Area Guide
The Jacksonville Beaches are a group of towns and communities along the Atlantic Ocean, East of the Intracoastal. Because they are surrounded by water the locals have coined the phrase “Islanders” as who they are and cross the “ditch” (the hugs Intracoastal waterway) is something they prefer not to do.
From north to south, the communities are: Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach.
Home of a major US Naval Base home to numerous carriers and ships, it is now the third largest naval surface fleet in the United States. Originally a quaint (and still visible) fishing village and active shrimping port, there is still an operating vehicle ferry which will take you to a winding picturesque drive north to Fernandina Beach. Local fisherman still sell their catch along the quaint waterfront.
Hanna Park, a graces the Oceanside of Mayport with abundant natural habitat and beach enjoyment. This rustic seaside down offers all price ranges of homes and activities.
Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach:
Atlantic beach is the more historical of the two but they sit side by side, divided by Atlantic Blvd, a major artery into “town”. This two small towns centered by their “Town Center” has lively restaurants, music, shops with ocean views. Atlantic beach is a treasure trove of homes from the turn of the 20th century as well as newer and it is a short walk from anywhere in Atlantic Beach to the ocean.
Neptune is a small classic seaside town, a little newer than Atlantic Beach offering a real slice of American coastal lifestyle. Each have their own mayor and character and are hidden treasures along our coastline.
Welcome to Jacksonville Beach! If you live in Jacksonville Beach, you are either in North Jax beach or South Jax Beach… divided by the community park, amphitheatre, city hall and park. Many evenings will find families with blankets and a picnic watching movies in the park, music festivals on weekends, and lots of places to enjoy dinner, dancing or cocktails. The commercial areas are adjacent to residential neighborhoods, so walkability is treasured but if you are tired from a day in the sun, just hop on The Trolley and take a trip up the main drag – 3rd Street (also known as A1A)
Old Beach houses from the turn of the century are next to contemporary condos or townhouses…all with the character of a seaside community that you would hope for. Something for every taste and pocketbook (well almost)…and certainly lots of activities to choose from – and that is before you hit the beach!