Neighborhood Spotlight: The Beaches

Jacksonville Beach Pier - Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Beach Pier – Jacksonville, FL

Summertime is a great time to visit the Beaches.  The unending miles of white sand and rolling waves provide an inexpensive, recreational get-a-way whether you want to try sunbathing or surfboarding.  Beaches Town Center at the eastern end of Atlantic Blvd is a relaxing place to sample some delicious food or browse in some of the unique, local shops. Pete’s Bar is the beach’s oldest bar. It offers a place to play pool, ping pong, or meet new people. If you are looking for musical entertainment, there are local bands at Sun Dog Diner and Ragtime.  The best and freshest sushi can be found at Tama’s Japanese Restaurant. There is also “Music in the Courtyard” every Friday night beginning in April. Try some specialty coffee or bakery treats at Lillie’s Coffee Bar while you are there. Shorelines offers reasonably-priced beach souvenirs and is also the location to purchase a personalized brick for $50 that can be placed in front of your favorite establishment in Town Center.

North Beaches Art Walk is held every third Thursday.  If you want to go green, you can visit Jarboe Park Community Garden and Green Market, which takes place every Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Vendors provide homegrown fruits, vegetables, plants and crafts. Various festivals take place at the Beaches, such as “Dancin’ in the Streets” during the month of May.  Jacksonville Beach hosts two jazz festivals during the summer months, one June 12 and the other July 10 at the SeaWalk Pavilion. Classic movies are shown outdoors at the pavilion on Friday nights as part of the Moonlight Movie Series. You can bring a beach towel, lounge chair and snacks and enjoy an evening of FREE entertainment at the Jacksonville Beach Sea Walk Pavilion. If you want to try fishing, the Pier in Jacksonville Beach rents all the necessary equipment and the view is spectacular. History buffs can revel in  historical exhibits and over 20,000 photographs at the Beaches Museum and History Center on the corner of Beach Blvd and Third Street. Various parks provide tennis, basketball, and volley ball courts – all FREE.  There is definitely something for everyone at the Beaches.

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