Kicked back, with a strong surfing culture and a vast array of paddling experiences, in bustling Jacksonville Beach the vast Atlantic is a playground. You’ll see kids on boogie boards, surfers riding the swells, and fishermen casting their lines into the waters off of the quarter-mile-long pier.
The shore is also devoted to pleasures: playing beach volleyball, catching some rays, or just relaxing with family and friends.
Jacksonville Beach’s sand is a light brown/grey hue by the water, fading to a creamy color by the dunes. It’s hard-packed by the shore, making it perfect for a bike ride or a morning run. Depending where you are, you may have residential neighborhoods or high rises as a backdrop. Expect some waves, which will vary depending on tides, the wind, and offshore systems. Here’s a live webcam of the beach by Jacksonville Beach Pier.
On or near the beach
Peddle a beach cruiser, take a surf lesson, or try your luck on Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier. On the south side of the St. John's River, Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park promises showers, camping, bike trails and canoeing – and it’s home to The Poles, Jacksonville's signature surf spot.
- 5th Avenue North (Pier Parking Lot)
- Beach Boulevard and 1st Street – Access from the Boardwalk (Lifesaving Station)
- 6th Avenue South
- 16th Avenue South
Beach Wheelchairs are available at the Lifeguard Station (2 Oceanfront North) on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 904-270-1685.
The pier is wheelchair accessible.
Some beach accesses offer bathrooms and showers. Here’s a map with facility details and a list of bathrooms and addresses.
Beach Life Rentals, located at Jax Beach Pier, offers beach chairs and umbrellas; fishing poles; surfboards; paddleboards; beach bikes; boogie boards; and more.
Jacksonville Beach Ocean Rescue Division protects more than 4.1 miles of coastline, year-round. Here’s more information. Call 904-270-1685 to find out what lifeguard chairs at what beach accesses are currently being staffed.
Most street ends on 1st Street in Jacksonville Beach have public parking and beach access. Here’s more detailed parking information and a map.