I am a native resident of the often underappreciated yet very unique coastal metropolis of Jacksonville. With more than 850,000 residents living with its limits, Jacksonville is Florida’s largest city and the 12th largest city in the United States. In many ways defined by its aquatic setting, Jacksonville is bisected by the curving, north-flowing St. Johns River and flanked by a beautiful string of islands and sun-kissed beaches including idyllic Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach, lively Jacksonville Beach, exclusive Ponte Vedra Beach, and an array of preserved city and state park beaches. Between the river and the ocean, scenic expanses of coastal wetlands and oak hammocks provide pretty settings for nature trails and residential neighborhoods alike.
Jacksonville is the hub of Florida’s First Coast region, a five-county metropolitan area home to more than 1.5 million residents that has seen European visitors reach its shores since the 1500’s. The neighboring metro area towns of St. Augustine and Fernandina Beach depend heavily on this rich history as a big part of their respective identities, while Jacksonville has been getting increased attention as a destination for beaches, the arts, sports, dining, and ecotourism, though the modern city has a significant history of its own as well.
Since I live here, I plan on having way more blogs about places in Jacksonville than about any other destination. The gallery below is a sampling of images that reflect the Jacksonville area as a whole, but below these are links to specific beaches, neighborhoods, parks, or other places of interest worth exploring in more detail.
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