Jacksonville and its surrounding areas are a haven for boating enthusiasts, boasting more miles of shoreline than any other city in Florida. Along this expansive coastline, first-class marinas, ship supply stores, exquisite hotels, and five-star restaurants are scattered, creating an ideal environment for boaters seeking both convenience and luxury.

The Areas Activities

The abundance of watersport activities further enhances Jacksonville's appeal, making it a premier destination for boaters of all types. The unique combination of the majestic St. Johns River and the vast Atlantic Ocean grants boaters access to some of the most breathtaking beaches and islands in the region.

Jacksonville also offers an array of opportunities for anglers. You can fish almost anywhere from the coastline, along the riverfront or from the pier, and of course there is always offshore fishing for the really serious anglers. The area of Jacksonville and St Augustine offers a diverse range of fish species for anglers. Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and Tarpon are among the notable catches in these waters.

Nearby Attractions

Just south of Jacksonville, is the oldest continuously inhabited European-established settlement in the United States, St. Augustine, this walkable city steeped in captivating history and charm. Explore the Old Town, visit the iconic sites and immerse yourself in the city's rich Spanish colonial heritage. Stroll along the brick-lined streets and delight in the city's European flavor, with centuries-old buildings, horse-drawn carriages, hidden courtyards, and so much more. Saint Augustine has plenty of history to explore — more than 450 years of it!

Regular reenactments take place in the old town and at the Castillo de San Marcos. To find out when these events will occur, make sure to check local websites for the most up-to-date information.

One of the top attractions in the city is the Castillo de San Marcos, which is the oldest masonry fort in the United States. Construction on the Castillo de San Marcos began in 1672, which makes the structure more than 300 years old, and the oldest military structure of its kind in the country.

Nestled at the core of historic St. Augustine stands an iconic structure that houses an exceptional museum collection. The Lightner Museum, situated within the former Hotel Alcazar, a lavish Gilded Age resort commissioned by the renowned railroad tycoon Henry Flagler, presents an immersive journey through art, architecture, history, and design.

Harry's Seafood, Bar & Grille, serves up New Orleans-inspired fare, from jambalaya to signature cocktails. What makes the experience truly enchanting is their charming outdoor seating area, a very pretty fairy-tale setting. Also try Prohibition Kitchen, a Spacious, retro-chic watering hole offering cocktails, gourmet pub grub and live entertainment with a 1920’s theme.

Whether you're cruising along the St. Johns River, exploring the Atlantic Ocean's wonders, or immersing yourself in the rich history of St. Augustine, these destinations offer endless delights for visitors and boaters alike.

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Exploring The Area

Jacksonville offers a vibrant arts and culture scene, boasting a range of museums and gardens that invite exploration. A must-visit is the exquisite Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, showcasing a diverse collection of 5,000 artworks from various eras. Nestled along the riverfront, it's surrounded by enchanting gardens that add to its allure. For those seeking a more active experience, the Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens sprawls over 120 acres, offering rustic trails that wind through wooded landscapes, adorned with labeled plant life.

Venturing beyond the cityscape and toward the coastline, you'll discover an array of excellent restaurants and eateries, each delivering the freshest seafood delights. Don't miss the chance to dine at Dockside Seafood Restaurant Jax Beach or savor the ocean's bounty at Salt Life Food Shack. Jacksonville's culinary offerings perfectly complement its artistic and natural attractions, providing a well-rounded and memorable experience for all who visit.

Beach Access and Hours

The beach is open 24 hours a day. Driving (and parking) is permitted on the sands. However, you must obtain a permit to do so and driving on the beach is prohibited from 7:30pm to 8am. during sea turtle nesting season