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About Jacksonville Beach

The coastal resort of Jacksonville Beach may be best known for its sandy beach. But with vibrant nightlife and easy access to downtown Jacksonville, there’s more to this seafront destination than meets the eye.

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About Jacksonville Beach

Spanish settlers were the first to inhabit the local area, and it wasn’t until the late 19th century that Jacksonville Beach began to develop as a coastal resort. Today, the golden sandy beach attracts boogie boarders and families during the day. And as the sun sets, the Seawalk Pavilion becomes a hive of activity, with its events calendar running through the spring and summer months.

With easy access to downtown Jacksonville, a trip here can be as relaxing or as fast-paced as you like. Art and culture lovers will find plenty of museums and galleries to explore in the city itself, while beachfront restaurants serving Caribbean, Cuban and Mexican specialties are not to be missed.

The summer months are the hottest time of the year and the best time to visit Jacksonville Beach, with average temperatures around 33 degrees centigrade, and plenty of sunshine.

What to do in Jacksonville Beach

The Seawalk Pavilion hosts movie screenings, summer jazz concerts and music festivals throughout the spring and summer months, and there’s always something going on at the beach, from family-friendly art walks to sandcastle contests. After dark, cozy pubs and oceanfront cocktail bars and clubs stay open until late providing fantastic nightlife to enjoy.

Jacksonville may not be known for its diving, but there are hundreds of coral and artificial reefs to explore here, home to vibrant marine life, corals, sunken boats and planes – if you're lucky, you may even spot some turtles!

Check out some of the area’s museums and galleries – the waterfront Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is worth visiting, as is the Museum of Contemporary Art. Or you could always go shopping for souvenirs and snacks at Riverside Arts Market on Saturdays, with over 100 stalls to choose from.

Top travel tips for Jacksonville Beach

Public transport here is limited to buses which are not the most reliable. This makes car rental a must, as most attractions are not within walking distance. For the best prices, avoid chains and stick with local companies. Or you could always rent a bike to explore Jacksonville’s historic districts, such as Riverside.

Jacksonville International Airport is only 15 miles from downtown Jacksonville, with direct flights to 24 US cities.

Football season starts in the fall and is the perfect time to catch the Jacksonville Jaguars (the NFL team) in action.

Whether your idea of the perfect vacation is lounging on the beach, shopping, or soaking up local art and culture at a museum or gallery, Jacksonville Beach has plenty to offer. FlipKey’s range of vacation rentals includes luxury seafront condos and townhouses, so you’re sure to find your dream property! Start looking today and find your perfect place to stay.