Where to Taste, Sip & See in Jacksonville, FL

What do you look for in a perfect summer vacation? For me, it’s a blend of relaxing at the beach and unique dining experiences. Jacksonville, Florida is a budget-friendly destination where you can soak up the sun and savor the flavors.

Jax, as the locals call it, is named the largest size city in the US. It features 22 miles of beachfront property including a long list of shopping and dining experiences.

Jacksonville Beach with bicycles parked on the pier

Jacksonville Beach
Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier is the central location along the coastline. There are endless activities, dining and shopping options along the pier. Now let’s get started with the local hot spots.

Salt Life Food Shack offers a casual and trendy atmosphere, with an eclectic menu including sushi, tacos, and burgers. I recommend starting your meal with the lightly breaded Avocado Fries.

Girl in a yellow bathing suit drinking a beer

Jacksonville has many craft brewery and distillery options. Ruby Beach Brewing is the perfect spot for lunch or you can take their logo crawler cans to go. After lunch, take a walk to other breweries within a few blocks, Green Room Brewery, and Engine 15 Brewing Co.

Enjoy the Beach
Rent paddle boards, kayaks, or bikes from local vendors like Beach Life Rentals.  Go fishing on the iconic fishing pier or simply admire the beautiful coastline. If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend, rent an umbrella and chairs to sit along the shore and listen to the waves.

Plastic cup with a lemon on it

Neptune & Atlantic Beach
The Neptune & Atlantic beaches are laid-back and great for people who prefer smaller crowds. We recommend finding your own souvenirs here by shell hunting along the beach.

Health-conscious travelers will appreciate Homespun Kitchen’s healthy concept. The restaurant features 100% natural ingredients and 85% of these ingredients are organic. Try the strawberry & banana “A A Ron” smoothie named after the owner.

The Lemon Bar features a large cocktail menu with their own concoctions as well as the classics. Something about the beach makes a frozen drink taste like magic, indulge in their signature drink the Lemon Bar Freeze.

Atlantic Beach is known for having good surf year-round. You can hook up with the local vendor Jacksonville Surf and Paddle to take surfing and paddleboard lessons. Their location is near the beach and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Mayport Beach
Find your zen at Mayport Beach, walk around Hannah Park and the Talbot Islands. After you’re done exploring head to Mayport Beach’s historic Fish Camp for the best seafood around.

Safe Harbor Seafood is a casual dining spot with a great view of the Intracoastal. The catch of the day is always a great choice here at Safe Harbor. Catch your own dinner when you book a fishing charter and Safe Harbor will cook it for you. We recommend taking a tour with Majesty Fishing next door to the restaurant,

Beach Shore with a blue sky

Hiking & Biking
Little Talbot Island State Park is one of the few undeveloped barrier islands remaining in Northeast Florida. It has five miles of pristine beaches and three miles of bike trails. Ground yourself with nature, hike the trails and walk along the beaches.

Sand Dunes at Ponte Vedra

Ponte Vedra Beach
Ponte Vedra is best known as the home of the PGA Tour and The Players Championship played at the TPC at Sawgrass.

Pink and yellow sunset with twinkle lights and palm trees

Valley Smoke is notorious for its beef brisket and the largest whiskey selection in North Florida. Try the local shrimp & chorizo pasta, deviled farm eggs, or the beef brisket. They also offer the rare line of Old Rip Van Winkle bourbons, every whiskey connoisseur should give them a taste.

JJ’s Bistro has been in Ponte Vedra for 25 years, it boasts the largest wine selection in the area and features a delicious dessert shop. Check out their online calendar for monthly wine dinners.

Playground Fun
South Beach Park and Sunshine Playground are worth noting for families because it offers great outdoor activities in addition to the beach. This large scale park features a seasonal splash pad, skate park, playground, walking trail, sports courts, and picnic areas.

There’s a reason Jacksonville’s tagline is, “It’s Easier Here.” The beaches listed above are pet-friendly, open to the public, include public parking, restrooms, and outdoor showers. Whether you are a foodie, adventurer, or relaxer… Jacksonville will deliver for your summer travel!

Brunette Girl in a pink shirt

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Brittany B. Are you interested in traveling to Jacksonville? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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