The sand and surf stretch as far as the eye can see. Separated from the greater Jacksonville area by the Intracoastal Waterway, ‘the Beaches' is a distinct section of town. From Atlantic Beach to Ponte Vedra Beach, the Beaches has everything you could ever possibly need. So much so – you never have to leave.
The Beaches has areas for every level of income. In a matter of blocks, you'll find beach huts turned into multi-family homes and high-rises that come complete with the perfect ocean view. Due to the growing number of people moving to the Beaches, specifically to rent, businesses are moving there too.
From sunup to sundown, there is activity for individuals, groups and families. During the summer, you can catch a late-night showing at the Beaches Amphitheater or enjoy Dancing in the Streets, a block party featuring local cuisine and the best of local artistry. In a short walk from your apartment, families can dine at their favorite pizza joint or enjoy the classic fish and chips at Fionna Mac Cool while the younger crowd hits up Lemon Bar in their beachwear.
J. Turner Butler Boulevard, Beach Boulevard and Atlantic Boulevard route tourists and locals looking for beach time toward the Beaches from the greater Jacksonville area while historic A1A winds you along the Beaches north to south. Locally owned specialty stores sit in shopping centers next to big box department stores, from cobblers to caterers, there is every kind business at the Beaches to ensure Beach dwellers have what they need without crossing the Intracoastal from their apartment. Oh, and that big perk: you're living in an apartment - at the beach!
Parking is a big complaint for those living in or traveling to the Beaches. Unless your apartment offers off-street parking, you'll likely be fighting for parking spaces wanted by those that don't live at the Beaches. The noise and partying are popular past time's even during the week, especially in Jacksonville Beach. If you don't live AND work at the Beaches, you're looking at what could be a long commute to work from your apartment. During the rush hour, it could take 30 minutes or more to make it to the heart of Jacksonville or the Northside, depending on which part of the Beaches you live. You have to share the road with bicyclists, too. They'll certainly take their share of the road and then some if you're not careful.
Did I mention… the beach? The Beaches is a great area for family fun and group parties. Driving isn't allowed on the beach, so you're free to soak up the sand and take a nap wherever you want if you're tired of being cooped up in your apartment. The Beaches offers a lot of trendy, hole-in-the-wall bars and family-friendly restaurants around the corner from your apartment. Stop in at One Ocean Resort and its Azurea at One Ocean restaurant and lounge for an out-of-this world dining experience. Or, enjoy Cajun cuisine at the famous Ragtime Taven Seafood and Grill. If you're a fan of John Grisham's, you may be familiar with Pete's Bar, you'll find it just blocks away from your apartment in Neptune Beach. Tired? Get a room at the historic Casa Marina hotel, which first opened its doors in 1925. Want to get out on the water without getting wet? Be sure to drop a dollar at the Jacksonville Beach Pier, and stop to say hello to all the fishermen. For a day on the links, stop in at the fabulous Ponte Vedra Golf Course.These are the opinions of writers and not the opinions of RentJax.com or any of our advertising partners.