Today’s Neighborhood Spotlight is on Jacksonville Beach! With all of fun things to do, yummy restaurants to eat at, and great places to live, this is only part one of our Jacksonville Beach spotlight. Located just 9 miles south of Mayport, Jacksonville Beach is a wonderful place to call home. I may be a bit biased, as our family has lived in this area for the last four years, but after reading about everything there is to do, you might agree with me. In this spotlight, you’ll find great places to eat, fun things to do, school information, workouts, nightlife, where to live, where to play, and much more.
First things first, let’s get you started with a cup of coffee and an awesome breakfast. Such decisions shouldn’t be so difficult, but in Jacksonville Beach, you are going to have a tough time deciding exactly where to grab your morning cup of Joe. Let’s meet the locals:
Bold Bean Coffee Roasters is locally owned and located in South Jax Beach on the corner of 3rd Street and Osceola. Bold Bean opened up their 2nd location in Jacksonville Beach in 2014. The coffee is delish but that’s not all. They also serve craft beers, wine, tea and pastries.
Breezy Coffee Shop Cafe-also locally owned and operated, Breezy is located on 8th Ave South and 3rd Street. This cute, beachy coffee shop also serves breakfast and lunch.
Maple Street Biscuit Company-Maple Street serves up a locally roasted maple tap coffee. MAPLE COFFEE. Plus, while you’re there grab a tasty chicken biscuit. I usually go for “The Farmer” and an order of “Hash Ups.” Maple Street is located on 3rd Street at 3rd Ave North. For more details on what to order, check out my post about Let’s Have Breakfast.
Metro Diner-Guess what? This place is ALSO locally owned. How cool is that? I usually order their flavored coffee of the day before proceeding to stuff myself with their breakfast pie and Cinnamon Raisin French Toast. Go early, or you’re going to have to wait awhile. Metro Diner is located on 3rd street at 15th Ave North.
Deli comb–located on 6th Ave North and 1st Street. This place serves up pretty much everything organic or with natural made ingredients. They are known for their awesome “cawffee” and you guessed it, this place is also locally owned and operated.
Starbucks-curious about what this new “Flat White” is? Never fear, Starbucks just opened a new drive-thru location on 3rd Street at 10th Ave South. Now you can get your national chain fix when necessary. This location also has ample space inside with many tables and a bar area where you can plug in or meet a friend.
Beach Hut, Ellen’s Kitchen, and First Watch are also local favorites for breakfast.
Now that you’re fueled up for the day, let’s get out there and enjoy the Florida sunshine. If you have children, you could visit the best park in Jacksonville. Sunshine Playground at South Beach Park is my absolute favorite. They have a huge playground with a tot area and a splash park for those hot summer days. There’s also tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, a community recreation room, and a basketball court. This park is located off South Beach Parkway, less than a mile from JTB. Jax Stroller Strength meets here as well as Soccer Shots, a preschool/youth soccer program, and many youth flag football teams. With wonderful neighborhoods nearby, this area is a prime location to live in Jacksonville Beach.
For another fun activity with kids, The Jacksonville Beach Public Library has free story times every week for babies and preschoolers! Be sure to check out their schedule online.
Looking to work on your back-hand? The Jacksonville Beach Tennis Center is located at Huguenot Park, just a block from the ocean with 7 tennis courts, a hitting backboard, a Pro Shop and Lounge. They have league play, lessons, tournaments and activities.
The second Tuesday of every month is the Jax Beach Art Walk from 5-9am. This is a family friendly event that takes place along 1st St from Beach Blvd to 5th Ave North. The Jax Beach Art Walk showcases a ton of local artists, businesses and often has live entertainment.
Let’s not forget the best thing about living in this area. You could walk to this:
It’s time to talk about schools. I know this is everyone’s big concern when moving to Duval County. First, let’s discuss the littlest ones. For a Mother’s Morning Out or Preschool program, check out St. Paul’s MMO Preschool, Seaside Playgarden, Lighthouse Christian Preschool, Palms Presbyterian, Montessori Tides, Beaches Methodist, and Beaches Episcopal. Ask around on the Facebook groups to get personal recommendations to find out which one will work best for your child. Registration for the Fall is in February so be sure to plan ahead. Jax Moms Blog put together a great “Moms Guide to Preschool, VPK and Kindergarden.” For elementary schools, Jacksonville Beach Elementary is ranked #1 amongst Duval County Schools and 6th of all schools in the state of Florida. For middle and high school, the public options are Fletcher Middle and Fletcher High.
Living in Jacksonville Beach gives you quick access to Mayport via local roads, as well as a quick jump to JTB (aka Butler Blvd, aka Highway 202) which will take you to all of the major highways and NAS JAX. The Town Center Mall is 15 minutes down to the road. Your grocery shopping options are Publix, Target, and the new Trade Joe’s. You’re only 10 to 15 minutes from the commissary, Costco, Walmart or Fresh Market.
Have I convinced you yet that Jacksonville Beach is the best place to live? Ok, good. Now you’ll need to find a home. Check out military spouse owned, Hover Girl Properties and they will help you if you want to buy a home or rent one. Already living here and the Navy told you it’s time to go, give Hover Girls a call and they can also help you find a renter or sell your home. If you’re still not convinced, stay tuned for Part Two where we’ll talk about where to dine, nightlife and where to work out.
For more information on the Neptune/Atlantic Beaches, here is the Neighborhood Spotlight for that area.
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