A Local's Guide to Jacksonville

Best Beach Spots

Chair on Jax Beach
Jacksonville is a great place to soak up the sun and forget about your worries. These are some of the best spots to hit the beach.

Jacksonville Beach

The most popular beach spot is located along 3rd street by the Jacksonville Pier. The white sandy beach and shining sun make for a great place to hang out and enjoy Florida. Jax Beach has bars, oceanfront hotels and great dining all within sight of the beautiful ocean. This area also hosts different events throughout the year, from concerts to festivals. To check out upcoming events, go here.


If you are looking for a great camping spot with a beach, Huguenot Memorial Park is the place for you. It's located off of Hecksher Drive and is about 17 miles from downtown Jacksonville. It's surrounded by three bodies of water. The park does have a fee to enter, but it allows driving on the beach. The park is also designated as a Great Florida Birding Trail site because of its abundance of different varieties of birds. So, if you like swimming in the ocean and looking at wildlife in its natural habitat, head out to this sunny spot!
St. Augustine Beach

St. Augustine Beach

If you are willing to drive a little further, St. Augustine Beach is a great option. Not only is the beach beautiful, grand oceanfront homes sit along the shore. If you are looking to stay directly on the beach, there are many rental home in St. Augustine to take advantage of.