Atlantic Beach features 14 beach accesses and 65 acres of parks. It offers several special events, including acoustic music nights, the Adele Grage Cultural Center and North Beaches Art Walk.
A massive redevelopment along the beaches has brought trendier condominium choices to the area. The Town Center of Atlantic Beach—at the foot of Atlantic Boulevard—is a charming shopping and dining area. With landscaping and architecture that mix old and new Florida, it embodies an appealing atmosphere that attracts both residents and visitors alike.
Neptune Beach is a community of 2.5 square miles neighboring Atlantic Beach to the north and Jacksonville Beach to the south. The residents of Neptune Beach value the residential nature and high quality of life of their city.
At Jacksonville Beach’s Sea Walk Pavilion, you’ll find concerts or festivals nearly every weekend from April through October. Another popular location is the Fishing Pier, which offers visitors close-up views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as the ability to fish for deep-water species of fish. The pier, at North 1st Street and 5th Avenue, offers a concession and bait shop and is wheel-chair accessible. Adventure Landing includes a water park with slides, a riverway, a go-kart track, miniature golf, laser tag arena, batting cage and an arcade with a wide variety of games.
The 1,300-foot-long fishing pier on North First Street in Jacksonville Beach is a great place to watch dolphins, cast a line and enjoy the scenic views. Then, take a stroll around Jacksonville Beach’s newly redeveloped downtown—12 acres of city-owned property that includes a new city hall, Latham Plaza, and the Sea Walk Pavilion outdoor Performance stage. The plaza hosts several annual events including the Springing the Blues Festival, the annual Opening of the Beaches celebration, and Fiesta Playera.
Ponte Vedra Beach
If beautiful beaches, world class tennis (Headquarters of the ATP) and professional golf (THE PLAYERS Championship) appeal to you, then Ponte Vedra Beach is a great place for you to live. You'll find everything ranging from 12,000 square foot oceanfront palaces to beach bungalows and condo living. The area offers excellent public schools, great shopping and dining and a lifestyle that is unique to Ponte Vedra.
Ponte Vedra Beach offers some of the most prestigious and scenic golf course communities which include Sawgrass Country Club, Sawgrass Players Club, The Valley Course, Marsh Landing, Palencia and The Plantation Club. Offering some of the prettiest beaches in Florida, other activities available include deep sea and freshwater charters for those interested in fishing, as well as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, biking, and horseback riding.
One of the hidden gems of Ponte Vedra is Guana River State Park, a 2,600-acre preserve offering hiking fishing and beachfront recreation. The park includes 17 significant historical and prehistoric sites, including Wright's Landing, believed to be the location of a 17th-century Spanish mission.