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Best Jacksonville Florida Beaches

Where To Find The Best Jacksonville Beaches

Jacksonville, Florida is not only the largest populated city in Florida, it also has 22 miles of beautiful beaches. Folks often think of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Siesta Key or Panama City Beach when planning a Florida beach vacation. But overlooking a Jacksonville beach vacation means you’re missing out on the beautiful shores of the Atlantic Ocean in one of Florida’s most fun cities.

Jacksonville Beach

I’m always in Jacksonville for one reason or another. It’s so easy to fly in and out of Jacksonville International Airport. It’s a smaller airport but has many direct and connecting flights to get you where you want to go. Security is always a breeze. One of the advantages of flying in and out of smaller airports.

I can go on and on about the many things to do in Jacksonville, but will save that for another article. This article is about the gorgeous Jacksonville beaches you need to your list of beaches to visit. These are my favorites:

Ponte Vedra Beach
Ponte Vedra Beach
  • Neptune Beach. Neptune Beach is known not only for the beach, but the surfing as well. A bit away from the city of Jacksonville, you’ll find Neptune Beach to the northeast separated by the Intercoastal. Don’t let that stop you from visiting. What I love the most about Neptune Beach is that it’s away from the more crowded Jacksonville Beaches. Kick back. Relax and stay awhile on Neptune Beach.
  • Jacksonville Beach. You may be surprised that I list Jacksonville Beach as number two. Truthfully? It’s a preference thing for me. I prefer less crowds and more relaxing beach time. If you’re one that likes to be in the midst of what’s happening, you’ll love Jacksonville Beach. During peak summer season, the Beaches Trolley will happily shuttle you from one beach to the another. When you have had enough sun, there are plenty of activities, shops and restaurants nearby to explore.
  • Ponte Vedra. I’ve got a trip already scheduled to this gem of a beach this summer. Known for the PGA tour, I like Ponte Vedra beaches for walking and exploring. Many have found sharks teeth and sea glass while strolling this beautiful piece of the Atlantic shoreline. Not as crowded as Jacksonville Beach and perfect for families.
  • Amelia Island. This is one of my favorite beaches in the Jacksonville area. My last trip was a beach camping trip at Fort Clinch. The history of this little island is fascinating. You can literally take a step back in time as you explore the remains of Fort Clinch. We found a shark’s tooth on our last visit. You may think there’s not enough to do on an island but you would be wrong. Fantastic restaurants and shop await you after a day spent on the beach.
Map thanks to Wanderlog, a road trip planner
St. Augustine Beach Sunset
St. Augustine Beach Sunset

Also if you’re lucky and staying in the Jacksonville area for a few days, be sure to take a short driver over to St. Augustine and tour this historical city and beautiful beaches.

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About Denise

Denise Sanger lives a life split between her love for fitness and her passion for travel particularly to the BEACH.  Denise also has a love of marketing and lives in beautiful Suwannee County, Florida. You can find out more about Denise here: About Denise

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