Located in northeast Florida, Jacksonville offers its residents all of the amenities that come with a beachfront city for a fraction of the cost of some of the popular destinations nearby.
Known as the “River City on the Sea,” Jacksonville is packed with more than 22 miles of beaches, a scenic stretch of the beautiful St. Johns River, the largest urban park system in the nation, historic neighborhoods, and a thriving street art scene.
This driving/aerial video tour gives you a good idea of just how vast Jacksonville is, and provides some fun facts along the way:
The history of Jacksonville dates all the way back to 2500 BC according to pottery remains that have been found in the area, but the modern history of the city starts when it was founded in the early 1800s. American settlers moving to the area named it after President Andrew Jackson.
Following the Civil War, Jacksonville became a popular winter tourist destination for wealthy visitors from the north. Then the real boom came to the area shortly after World War II thanks to the postwar economic growth that helped many cities in Florida become popular places to live.
In 1991, Mayor Ed Austin issued a $235 million bond to fund the River City Renaissance program that would lead to a revamping of the city’s historic neighborhoods and eventually help stake the claim as a major city by being awarded an NFL franchise in 1993.
In a city that is known for its beaches, waterways, and greenspaces, everything about the lifestyle in Jacksonville revolves around taking advantage of those amenities.
In addition to those beaches, residents can also find tons of boating, fishing, and kayaking opportunities along the St. John’s River, which is one of the few northward flowing rivers in the country.
If you prefer to stay on dry land, there are more than a few green-spaces to choose from here in “The City of Parks,” including 10 different state and national parks inside the city limits.
Where many Florida cities have cultural communities that you have to go looking for, you simply can’t avoid all of the arts and culture that exists in Jacksonville. The Art in Public Places Program, which displays the city’s art collection in public buildings, plays a major role in creating that atmosphere.
There are also more than 18 different museums and art galleries across the city that create a never-ending cycle of cultural excitement for anyone who is interesting in the arts.
And that’s not even scratching the surface of all that Jacksonville offers through its thriving theatre community and all of the history that you will find in its unique neighborhoods.
Jacksonville Events and Festivals
Covid-19 has obviously wreaked havoc on live events and festivals, but during normal times in Jacksonville popular events and festivals include the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Springing the Blues Festival, and the Gate River Run.
Jacksonville offers a wide range of shopping opportunities depending on the type of experience you are looking for.
Beachfront shoppers can find some of the best shops in the area right at Beach Town Center, and then there are dozens of other stores located up and down A1A.
As you might expect, the largest city in Florida brings quite a bit to the table when it comes to culinary appeal. No matter where you find yourself in the city, you’re never going to be more than a stone’s throw away from a great place to eat.
For special occasions, there is nothing quite like a meal from Orsay, which offers the perfect combination of French cooking techniques and the local ingredients available along the Atlantic Coast of Florida.
Marker 32 is another local favorite that has been featured on Emeril’s Florida, The Cooking Channel, and more.
Jacksonville Area 55+ Communities
Del Webb eTown is a new, smart-living, 55+ gated community in Jacksonville centrally located near prestigious St. Johns Town Center off I-295.
Meet friends at the private clubhouse and amenity center with recreational activities including tennis, pickleball, bocce courts, walking trails, outdoor pavilions, fire pits and so much more.
Single-Family Homes start from the upper-$200k’s.
Del Webb Nocatee is a new 55+ gated community in Ponte Vedra, which is in Northeast Florida, just minutes from Jacksonville and St. Augustine, and about 4 miles from pristine beaches.
The Canopy Club will will offer luxury amenities just a golf cart’s drive away, including a zero-entry pool, pickleball courts, fitness studio, and even an onsite Tavern & Grill with private wine lockers.
Single-Family Homes and Villas start from the upper-$200k’s.