22 miles of wide, uncrowded beaches are the doorstep to the perfect surfer towns.
Just a few minutes from Downtown, Jacksonville’s white sand beaches await you. Spend a day unwinding by the ocean and enjoy the nearby shops, restaurants, attractions, and nightlife.
Bring your flip-flops and pack that sunscreen, Jacksonville has 22 miles of wide, uncrowded, white-sandy beaches that offer visitors majestic sunrises and star filled nights. Visitors will find plenty to do and a variety of water activities. Casual fun restaurants, nightlife hotspots, souvenir shops, and oceanfront hotels blend into the scene without crowding the views of the shorelines in Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Mayport.
The Westside provides convenient access to the water for boating and fishing enthusiasts.
Enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, camping, fishing, and boating in nearby Westside.
The 3-mile-long Buckman Bridge across the St. Johns River links Mandarin with The Westside. With its beginnings dating back to 1763, The Westside area features waterfront mansions, Tudor-style homes, and modest wooden-frame houses dating back to the early 1900s. The Westside is well-known for its full-service marinas, nautical outfitters, and boating facilities. It is also the home of Naval Air Station Jacksonville the birthplace of the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s world-renowned flight demonstration team.
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The Southside area offers shopping, riverfront outdoors activities and historical sites.
The mostly residential areas of the Southside are brimming with history and nature and boast some of the most stunning river views in Jacksonville.
The Southside has blossomed into a bustling business center. The St. Johns Town Center – a 1.1 million-square-foot, open-air lifestyle center offering innovative new retail, residential, hotel, and dining choices for Jacksonville shoppers is one of the highlights of the area. Just around the corner, the Tinseltown area is hopping with a movie theater, restaurants, specialty shops, and thriving nightlife. The area is also home to the large yet elegant Avenues Mall.
Great eats, great bars and great vibes can be found in this new, yet old neighborhood!
Local art, delicious food, craft beer, and passionate makers have transformed Murray Hill into one of the coolest neighborhoods in Jacksonville. Located between hip Riverside and historic Avondale, this old yet new again hood has become the spot for young entrepreneurs to open innovative restaurants, boutiques, bottle shops and businesses.
When visiting, check out its parks like Four Corners and Murray Hill Park and stroll along Edgewood Avenue and its dozens of local stores. Snap a pic of the neighborhood’s many murals and catch a show at the historic Murray Hill Theatre.
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The Mandarin area offers shopping, riverfront outdoors activities and historical sites.
The mostly residential areas of the Mandarin area are brimming with history and nature and boast some of the most stunning river views in Jacksonville.
Named for the Mandarin orange in 1830, this neighborhood on the St. Johns River just south of San Marco was once described as “a tropical paradise” by Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Both Harriet Beecher Stowe, and painter Lee Adams once lived here. Mandarin is characterized by its magnificent oak trees hung with dramatic Spanish moss and boasts some of the best views of the St. Johns River in greater Jacksonville. Once an important river port for shipping oranges and other citrus fruit northward, today Mandarin is a blend of residential areas and shopping centers. Don’t miss the Mandarin Museum and Walter Jones Historical Park. The 10-acre riverfront site is home to an 1876 farm complex with picnic areas as well as a citrus grove.