Jacksonville Beach, FL - Love that Beach
All About Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL is the largest city in FL in area with a population of approximately 1,300,000. It is called the River City by many because of the Intracoastal Waterway, which is 3000 miles long running most of the length of the east coast of the U.S.
Jacksonville also has the St. John's River, which is significant for commercial and recreational use. Needless to say with all this water, many people own boats from the small dingy, to gorgeous sail boats and there are some yachts as well.
Jacksonville is known as a military town also as there is the Mayport Naval Air Station that is home to 55 tenant commands and houses cruisers, destroyers and guided-missile frigates; plus we are hoping to get a nuclear carrier in the coming years. We have NAS, which is a Naval Air Station and there are many, many military retirees living in Jacksonville.
I wanted to give you a quick overview of the city, but the beaches are what I want to show you today.
Panoramic View of Jacksonville
Sunrise at the Beach
You will also find miles of white sandy beach usually with a crowd of people. There are small residential cities along the ocean that offer numerous types of small businesses, oceanfront hotels and great dining, along with many fast food establishments.
Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach are the 3 small towns starting east of the Intracoastal Waterway and continue to the Atlantic Ocean. Jacksonville Beach is really the main beach resort area and a nice place for a beach vacation.
There are numerous activities at the beach all the time.
In November, there is also the Right Whale Festival which celebrates the annual return to the whale’s only calving area in the Southeast U.S. There are only 350 whales remaining so there is much local effort to lessen the human impact on the right whales.
Scenic Jax Beach in Jacksonville - The Seawalk Pavillion
Jacksonville, Beach City Hall Information
Spring and summer are festival and concert seasons in this city by the sea. Fans of the blues, jazz, classical music, and movies are just a few of the many who are drawn to the nearly weekly events in Jacksonville Beach offering family entertainment.
There are races for things like cancer awareness and other worthy charities, volleyball tournaments and there is a Buddy walk for the Down Syndromes Association.
Of course, being on the ocean there is a surfing contest in November while the waves are high.
Peter White Good Day
Parade Beach Opening
Special Events in Jacksonville
Some other things to do are golfing at an eighteen-hole municipal golf course, attend craft shows, and attend the opening beach parade, which had been happening for the past 60 years, is in the spring in April.
There is also the Jazz Festival and the Blues Festival for music lovers annually. There is a Home and Patio Show, plus a wonderful Women's Show at the Coliseum each October. There are numerous plays at Players by the Sea and the Allhambra Dinner Theater. Most weekends have at least one concert as well. There are numerous arts and craft shows to enjoy.
Pirate Ship in Beach Parade
Jogging on the Beach
Jacksonville Beach Pier
Flying Kite at the Beach
Walking Dogs on beach
People Just Enjoying Beach
I certainly can't leave out the fact that if you head down the road south a couple of miles into Ponte Vedra, you
will find the TPC Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa, with the golf course considered
to be in the top ten in the world. It is certainly beautiful.
People who live at the beach tend to be laid back and friendly. When you arrive at the beach later in the day it will be crowded with families and young people. If the waves are up you will see some surfers, usually around the pier. There is plenty of parking also.
The City of Jacksonville Beach will notify people of emergency evacuation plans through the First Call Emergency Notification system. We are all aware that hurricanes are a possibility when you live on the ocean, and they have a very good notification system in Jacksonville.
© 2010 Pamela Oglesby
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