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

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Sunrise at the Beach

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Pamela99 Photo

Beaches

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

A marker3rd St N, Jacksonville Bch, FL 32250 -
3rd St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250, USA
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Festivals

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

Entertainment

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source Flickr

Parade Beach Opening

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source my photo

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

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Pamela99 Photo

Jogging on the Beach

My photo:  Yesterday 8 AM Many jog on the beach.
My photo: Yesterday 8 AM Many jog on the beach.

Jacksonville Beach Pier

My Photo:  Sunday Morn 8 AM _not crowded yet
My Photo: Sunday Morn 8 AM _not crowded yet

Ocean View

My photo Early Morning Beach
My photo Early Morning Beach

Flying Kite at the Beach

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My photo

Walking Dogs on beach

Walking dogs (in the distance) permissible as long as you bring your little baggie to clean up after them.
Walking dogs (in the distance) permissible as long as you bring your little baggie to clean up after them.

People Just Enjoying Beach

People love to walk on the beach and look for shells and sharks teeth, plus it's good exercise.
People love to walk on the beach and look for shells and sharks teeth, plus it's good exercise.

Sawgrass Village

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.

Sawgrass Village

source Sawgrass Village Resort
source Sawgrass Village Resort

In Conclusion

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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rkhyclak 6 years ago from Ohio

Great hub Pamela! I love the beach, but have only been to a handful in Florida, usually on the Gulf side. Rated up :)


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Sounds and looks wonderful. I have been to Florida many, many times but not there. Thanks for giving me some new ideas.


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jiberish 6 years ago from florida

Great job Pam!


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

I never knew much about Jacksonville Florida. Good article and great pictures!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Ponte Vedra is one of my favorite beautiful places to visit. Thanks, Pamela, for this very enlightening hub. :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

rkhyclak, I think it's hard to go wrong on either side when it comes to nice beaches. Thanks for your comments

BPOP, Thanks so much for your comments.

jiberish, Thank you for your comment.

Coolmon, I'm glad you know now. Thanks for your comment.

drbj, Ponte Vedra is beautiful but many of the beaches are private until you get down a little closer to St. Augustine, which is a wonderful place to visit also. Thanks for your comment.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pamela,

Your enthusiam is contagious, because your beachs look awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great Hub!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for showing me around at such a beautiful place. Just what I could do with right now. Your gave it full justice.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you so much for your comments Tom.

Hello, I love the beach in the early morning and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your comments.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Pamela, I am glad to hear this information. I'll put this beach on my list. I hope this beach useful as a good reference if I have a chance to go to USA someday. Vote up.

Prasetio


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Hi pamela, my son lives in Jacksonville(Atlantic Beach). He stayed there when he got out of the navy in 2006. I complained, and he went on and on about the beautiful beaches.He loves diving ,snorkeling, and all the "things to do" there.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Great hub -- and terrific pics, Pamela!!!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Prasetio, I hope you do get to make the trip to the USA. Jacksonville Beach doesn't have the glitter of Miami Beach or some other places, but it is a very nice beach. I love it early in the morning for walking which is when I took the pictures. Thanks for your comments.

bayoulady, I'm glad your son enjoys it here. Many retired Navy people live here. Thanks for your comment.

Chris, Thanks so much for your comments.


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G L Strout 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

Great artile and beautifful photos. Thanks.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

G L Stout, Thanks so much for your comment.


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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

Very informative hub, the beaches look awesome. Great job Pamela - voted up - cheers!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Whidbeywriter, Thank you for your comments.


Wife Who Saves 6 years ago

I've been to Jacksonville beaches and they are lovely. I like St. Augustine beaches also. Beautiful hub.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Wife Who Save, St Augustine is a great place to visit as the oldest city in the U.S. also. Thanks for your comment.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

What a beautiful and informative hub. Jacksonville, Fla, here I come! Rated up and beautiful (just like you).


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Vocal Coach, You are too kind. Thank you so much for your comments.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Pamela, you should get Florida to give you a place to write for their board of tourism, good job, Dusty


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Dusty, As broke as they keep telling us they are while they are raising our house taxes I doubt that would happen even if I really was that good, but I appreciate the thought.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I love JAx! Your hub and pics are great!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Wow - never been but now I want to go! Beautiful photos!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Habee. I appreciate you comments.

Audry, Thank you so much for your comments.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

beautiful is all, I miss the beaches, Maita


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Miata, The beaches are beautiful. Thanks for your comments.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Awesome pictures Pamela. I dream of the day when I can afford to live near or on a beautiful beach. It is such a peaceful calming place that I know its where my heart longs to be. :) Thanks for sharing your beautiful city. Rating up!:)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Money Glitch, I hope your dreams come through. Thanks for your comment.


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Carrie DeSha 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

So beautiful; makes me homesick!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Carrie, Thank you for your comment and hope you will get to visit soon.


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

Looks beautiful, busy and fun!!! Voted/rated.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Support Med, I think the beach is always beautiful. Thanks for your comment.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Pamela,

Thanks for showing us Jacksonville Beach. It looks like a lovely spot in Florida. It must not be that far away from St. Augustine...a place that I have wanted to visit. Maybe I can combine the visits someday. Voted up, useful and beautiful and will share with my followers + tweet.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Peggy, It is about an hour drive from Jacksonville to St. Augustine, which is a wonderful place to visit. Thank you for your comments.

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