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Woman walking on the beach near Wimberly at Deerwood in Jacksonville, Florida



What’s the point of living in a beautiful beachside city like Jacksonville if you aren’t going to take full advantage of it? That’s right – it’s a totally legitimate reason to become a beach bum. Here are some of the many places you can visit to achieve that status.

Huguenot Memorial Park

This is a perfect place to begin your journey into beach bum-hood. With concession stands, scenic overlooks, surfing access, and hiking trails, there’s no end of beachside fun to be had. You can even jet ski here or take a small boat out onto the waves.

Neptune Beach

A short drive to this location will take you to one of the most beautiful beach towns in the southeastern United States. With its casual atmosphere, palm tree-lined streets, and stunning grasses, you’ll love spending an easy-going Saturday afternoon here.

American Beach

On the National Register of Historical Places, this beach was founded in 1935 by Abraham Lincoln Lewis, Florida’s first Black millionaire.

Jacksonville Beach

This location is a favorite with the locals. It has convenient access for residents, gorgeous stretches of beach, and some of the best waves along the Florida coast. And if that doesn’t make you want to visit, consider the volleyball courts, golf course, and dolphin sightings. This is a prime location for the Jacksonville beach bum lifestyle.

Fort Clinch State Park

A quick, 40-mile drive will give you access to a slightly different kind of beach experience. For instance, visitors love to search for shark teeth on the beaches of Fort Clinch. You can swim, surf, hike, bicycle, fish, and paddle here for an endless variation of oceanside adventures.

If you really want to make a go of the beach bum life, check out Traveling Lifestyle’s list of the best beaches around the state. For other fun things to see and do around Wimberly at Deerwood, check out our other blogs posts.