Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville, FL

During the week and a half I spent in Jacksonville, it quickly became one of my favorite van dwelling cities. The small town of Neptune Beach located right on the coast and Adjacent to Jacksonville Beach, is also a place I spent a lot of time. 

Beaches Town Center is the main attraction area of Neptune Beach, located right off the ocean on Atlantic Avenue. The small and picturesque district is comprised of restaurants, galleries, boutiques, and is just steps away from the beach access.The brick laid sidewalks, locally owned establishments and small town feel, make this area the perfect location for a relaxing day in town.

During my time there, my favorite spot quickly became Southern Grounds coffee shop. With its laid back environment, open airy space, and friendly patrons, this place seemed to be a main spot for community members and tourists alike. The menu features chef curated coffee drinks, food, wine and craft beer. A must stop location for anyone passing through town.

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, otherwise known as Hanna park, is a 1.5-mile public beach, camping spot and recreational area. There are 20 miles of mountain biking trails, as well as a 60 acre fresh water lake.  The lake is open for fishing, kayaks, pedal boats and canoes. Camping is available at a rate of $21 for tent or $34 for RV spot.

I spent three days at this park, and it is one of my all time favorite!

During my stay in the Jacksonville area, I visited Beaches Green Market. A small, yet lovely farmers market located at Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach. The Market is open Saturdays from 2-5PM and sells local and organic produce, all-natural meats, free-range eggs, organic coffees, baked goods, homemade kombucha and much more. 

This market is small yet has a great variety for it’s size. The local vendors are also very friendly and eager to answer questions about their products and practices.

 

 

Jacksonville Beach runs along the coastal HWY A1A, and is adjacent to the City of Jacksonville. The town is full of colorful restaurants, beachfront hotels, shops catering to surfers, and locals and tourists alike heading to the beach. The main beach area is off Beach Blvd and Atlantic Ave, however there are also many restriction free parking lots with beach access for several miles going North on 1st Street. 

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