Jacksonville’s beautiful geography and climate make living in the area fast paced and fun. The beaches in and around the Jacksonville area provide residents with beautiful getaway experiences.
Located north from the town center, Atlantic Beach contains impressive beach houses reflecting a variety of New England, Caribbean and artistic architectural styles. South of the town center, Neptune Beach is lined with soft colored beach houses that are a little more modest in size and style. Both communities share the same stretch of soft, wide, white sand beaches backed by dunes covered with sea oats.
The most populous stretch of Jacksonville’s coast, Jacksonville Beach contains a rapidly growing skyline of high-rise condos and hotels. Located at its active center is the new Seawalk Pavilion, an oceanfront amphitheatre, and Latham Plaza, a manicured green space located across the street. Together they provide a recreational focal point surrounded by numerous restaurants, nightspots and hotels. Throughout the year both venues host popular festivals that celebrate foods, cultures and music. Jacksonville Beach has a beautiful wide strand of soft, white sand fronted by sea oats and sand dunes. Adventure Landing is a popular water park and amusement complex located on the other side of the island.
Jacksonville’s exclusive Ponte Vedra Beach has the huge oceanfront mansions of millionaires, a trio of world-class resorts including the five star rated Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, and shopping villages filled with high-end boutiques. The ritziest people in Jacksonville live in the master planned communities along the Ponte Vedra Beach, making this beach a go to site when in Jacksonville.
Sporting events are abundant in the Jacksonville area. AllTel Stadium is one of the most attractive NFL stadiums. The home towns Jacksonville Jaguars are an exciting young team to watch for local residents. The weather in Jacksonville makes going to a football game a fun pleasant experience.
Jacksonville contains one of America’s premier zoos. The zoo’s premier attraction, Range of the Jaguar, is a unique complex that adds to the excitement of the zoo. Designed as a recreated Latin American village and temple, the attraction includes a restaurant with large picture windows allowing visitors to watch these mighty cats while you eat. The lion, elephant and aardvark exhibits offer visitors to see the animals in a natural habitat setting. In addition to the animals, the zoo also features the largest thatched-roof structure in North America, Main Camp Safari Lodge, which serves as the park’s entrance in addition to housing a gift shop, meeting space and party areas.