Surfers on the beach by Ryan Ketterman/Visit Jacksonville
Jacksonville’s beaches are a varied lot — from the residential and reserved Atlantic Beach to the more commercial and high-rise oriented Jacksonville Beach. And don’t forget Neptune Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach. For a sense of what the beaches were like “back in the day,” stroll the streets of Atlantic and Neptune beaches. The two beaches meet at Town Center, a collection of shops, eateries and popular watering holes on Atlantic Boulevard. For the perfect perspective of the beaches from the waterfront, visit the quarter-mile-long Jacksonville Beach Pier at 503 First Street North. At the south end is Ponte Vedra Beach, home of chic shops and eateries along A1A, the main artery for all four beaches. The high-end haven includes longtime favorite Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, which dates to the 1920s; and TPC Sawgrass, home of The Players Championship, which is held every year in early May.