Jacksonville in a nutshell
Locals and visitors alike have many options for relaxation and fun in the Jacksonville area.
Whether a person wants to nourish his mind at a museum or the symphony or exercise his body kayaking in the ocean or hiking a trail, he can partake of these and other activities year-round in Jacksonville.
More than 20 miles of wide, white sand beaches skirt the Atlantic Ocean just a dozen miles from downtown Jacksonville.
The Northeast Florida coastal communities of Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, Amelia Island and Palm Coast offer ocean breezes, salt spray and waves, or just a chance to relax and enjoy great seaside restaurants, nightlife and shopping.
There is something for everyone to do…sightseeing, sunbathing, surfing, fishing, biking, dining, shopping, dancing, golf and even romancing.
For the biking enthusiasts there are many shops that rent bikes by the hour, day or week. Choose from beach cruisers for a nice relaxing ride on the beach or mountain bikes for cycling over more rugged terrain.
Shoppers will find shops to suit every taste.
Atlantic Beach offers quaint shops, art galleries and a hometown favorite, Peterbrooke Chocolatier.
Seashell collectors won’t go away empty-handed, either. The best time to hunt for shells is during the outgoing low tide and after a storm.
Univalves, commonly known as snails, calico scallops that look like the Shell Oil logo, and the lettered olive that resembles a tube of lipstick with a pointed end are plentiful and just a few of the many available shells.