There are about 4 miles of beach in Jacksonville Beach proper, but the ocean doesn’t respect municipal boundaries; the strip of sand runs all the way up past Neptune beach and south down to and through Ponte Vedra. If you’re just going to the beach as a day trip, park in downtown Atlantic Beach and walk the few blocks to the sand. When you’re hungry or thirsty, a quick trip back up will bring you to the cluster of bars and restaurants that surround city hall (Ragtime is great for lunch, as is Sun Dog). In Jacksonville Beach there’s public parking next to the pier and you can walk to the sand from there.
Beaches/Bodies of Water