Top 10 Things to do in Jacksonville Beach, United States

January 31, 2018 Enedina Augsburger

Jacksonville Beach is a coastal resort city in Duval County, Florida, United States. It was incorporated on May 22, 1907 as Pablo Beach, and would later change its name to Jacksonville Beach in 1925. The city is part of group of communities collectively referred to as the Jacksonville Beaches. These communities include Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Ponte Vedra Beach. When the city of Jacksonville consolidated with Duval County in 1968, Jacksonville Beach, together with Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Baldwin, voted to retain their own municipal governments. As a result, citizens of Jacksonville Beach are also eligible to vote in mayoral election for the City of Jacksonville. As of the 2010 census, Jacksonville Beach had a total population of 21,362.
Restaurants in Jacksonville Beach

1. Jacksonville Beach

Jacksonville Beach, FL
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 799 reviews

Jacksonville Beach

Reviewed By JimDeBerry - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

This beach is popular with the college kids. Is has nice long an wide shore lines. easy access. loads of fun. kite surfing out.

2. Jax Surf and Paddle

222 1st St, Neptune Beach, FL 32266-6142
Excellent
96%
Good
3%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
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5 based on 60 reviews

Jax Surf and Paddle

Jacksonville Surf and Paddle is North Florida's premier Surf and Stand Up Paddleboard school, Surf Camp, and Beach Rental provider. We offer a wide variety of surf, stand up paddleboard (SUP), and fitness classes specifically designed to meet your individual needs. Situated 2 miles north of Jacksonville Beach in Neptune Beach FL., we are blessed with warm temperatures year round. With easy access to both the beach for surf lessons and the Intracoastal Waterway for SUP, your next lesson is just minutes away. "Any age and any stage" as we like to say! No one is ever too young or too old to benefit from board sports. Whether you are looking for a private beginner surf lesson or advanced competitive training for your aspiring surfer, we have a class that's right for you. Come explore beautiful inlets and winding creeks with us today! All Jacksonville Surf and Paddle lessons and tours are available 7 days a week.

Reviewed By David P - Sterling, United States

Jax Surf and Paddle did a great job from being timely to very informative. My three girls were stepped through the process from beginning to end. Their surf instructor, Walker, was awesome and his excitement showed which made the girls relax more and have a great time. I would recommend Jax and the surf experience to anyone!

3. Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier

503 1st St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250-7003 +1 904-241-1515
Excellent
44%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 168 reviews

Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier

Reviewed By kennethsY7291WH

wish this pier was open. but due to storm damage a few years ago, it is closed. We spoke to a local police officeer and he said the cost would be prohibitive

4. Mickler's Landing Beach

County Road 203, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Excellent
53%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 127 reviews

Mickler's Landing Beach

Reviewed By Lowpro - Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

We live close to Mickler Beach so we constantly have to put up with the crowds and parking kerfluffle. Even with county shuttles the overcrowding is terrible. It is a nice place for a walk or bike when you get away from the crowds, though.

5. Pete's Bar

117 1st St, Neptune Beach, FL 32266-6139 +1 904-249-9158
Excellent
40%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 51 reviews

Pete's Bar

Reviewed By ToddN2024 - Neptune Beach, Florida

Iconic local bar. Your experience will vary with your expectations. If you are looking for something low-brow then this is it. Inexpensive drinks, pool tables, dark, and smokey, and generally friendly.

6. Dutton Island Preserve

793 Dutton Island Road West, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 +1 904-630-4100
Excellent
58%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Dutton Island Preserve

Reviewed By neptune-mick - Neptune Beach, Florida

There are trails around the park that provide a serene background for musing. Many of the trees have herons and wood storks nesting in them, or just hanging out. Roseate spoonbills have visited, and osprey love the area. The fishing on the dock and the pier is good enough to keep a regular attendance, though the park is never crowded (except for MarshFest). It also has a good kayak/canoe launch spot, allowing you to explore north or south.

7. Adventure Landing

1944 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250-2647 +1 904-246-4386
Excellent
25%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
9%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 228 reviews

Adventure Landing

Reviewed By WeGetsAround - Pickens, South Carolina

Played miniature golf and lost to my daughter. Bummer. But I beat her on the cars. Dad still has it. Laid around watching them enjoy the water fun. Loved feeding the gators. Nice family place to relax in warmer weather. The lines for the slide were long though. That was the only drawback.

8. Island Girl Cigar & Wine Bar

108 1st St, Neptune Beach, FL 32266-6140 +1 904-372-4194
Excellent
64%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Island Girl Cigar & Wine Bar

Upscale and cozy Cigar and Wine Bar, also with local and craft beers. Over 300 cigar brands. Tons of cigar accessories- lighters, humidors, ashtrays. 40 wines and ports by the glass or by the bottle. 28 beers on tap and growlers to go. Comfortable leather couches and one block to the ocean. Relax...You're on Island Time!

Reviewed By BrenKen1 - Atlantic Beach, Florida

My husband enjoys cigars, I am not a smoker and am allergic to cigarette smoke. I decided to join him as Island Girl has a nice and relaxing vibe. I ended up trying a white chocolate and truffle small cigar with a nice glass(es) of a buttery chardonnay. I enjoyed both. There was one bartender there and she was amazing. When we walked in there was only one other patron sitting at the bar and 1/3 of the way w my cigar the bar was full. The decor and ambiance feel like an escape from the daily grind. Where we sat the ventilators appeared to be pulling the smoke away from us but not necessarily up and out. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 was that the upholstered chairs, a couple, had large stains. They should be cleaned or replaced with leather chairs. Also, I get that this is a cigar bar and will be smoky but cigar smoke is pleasant but cigarette smoke is completely different.

9. Beaches Museum and History Park

381 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250-5425 +1 904-241-5657
Excellent
48%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Beaches Museum and History Park

Reviewed By pitterpat000 - Gainesville, Georgia

We visited this park/museum after it was closed....after driving by it for 3 years! We couldn't go inside any buildings, but walking through and reading the information was enjoyable. We thought there was only a train, but there is so much more about the history of the area. Worth a stop if you've got half an hour to spend!

10. Cradle Creek Preserve

900 15th Ave S, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250-4132 +1 904-247-6236
Excellent
50%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Cradle Creek Preserve

Reviewed By India H

The biggest thing I'll note is its accessibility (= which made my client happy. The hard flat trails, boardwalk trails with rails.... She was very appreciative of it. It was also just super super pretty. My son enjoyed the trails as well :)
The parking lot is small and people without handicap stickers will park in handicap spots - that's both illegal as well as highly inconsiderate.

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