Lining the Northeast Florida coast are the local beach communities: Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Ponte Vedra. Each offers its own unique qualities but they all encompass a bohemian beach vibe and laid back lifestyle
Students, families, and established professionals interested in beach culture
Those who love the beach and the outdoor lifestyle
Laid-back but constantly stimulating. Days are spent surfing, lounging at the beach or browsing shops, and nights are spent at casual restaurants and bars
Not So Great For
Those looking for higher end dining or more upscale shopping
Pricey. Lots of competition to live close the ocean
You’ll Fall in Love with
The casual Florida beach lifestyle and quirky, artsy beach spirit of these communities
Jacksonville Beaches: Beach living with several communities to choose from
Being along the coast line in Florida certainly lends itself to beach access. And Jacksonville is no exception to this. There are several beach
front communities in the Jacksonville area, including: Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Ponte Vedra Beach. Beach residents enjoy all the amenities and modern infrastructure of a large city and all the hospitality of a small hometown.
All three beaches offer a diversity of neighborhoods, each with a unique coastal Florida personality. Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville beaches are bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. Atlantic and Neptune beaches are made mainly residential with single-family homes and public beach access.
Ponte Vedra Beach and Sawgrass are located in the northeast corner of St. Johns County, south of Jacksonville Beach along A1A. The community stretches along five miles of the Atlantic Ocean, aside carefully preserved wetlands. St. Johns County is the home of PGA TOUR and the ATP Association of Tennis Professionals headquarters. Annual tournaments attract people from around the world. There are more than 150 holes of golf and 60 tennis courts. Public beach access is limited.
Look for entertainment, shopping and dining along Atlantic Boulevard and A1A. Jacksonville Beach is further south and offers a mix of residential, commercial, retail and light industrial sites. With miles of white sandy beaches and a mild, breezy climate, residents and visitors enjoy year-round golfing, boating, fishing, tennis and other outdoor sports. A variety of festivals offer music, food and fun throughout the spring and summer.
Although tourism is a major economic generator, there are no spring break crowds at Jacksonville’s beaches, only family-oriented tourism which includes events like Friday night Moonlight Movies and the Summer Jazz Concert Series. Although Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach are part of Duval County’s consolidated government, the three beach cities voted in 1968 to maintain their own identity and city governments.