We recently visited Jacksonville Beach to celebrate the wedding of our friends, Blake and Hayley. Will was stationed in “Jax” for three years when he was a pilot in the Navy. He loved showing me all of his favorite spots (mainly, the beach and Skydive Palatka), as well as discovering a few new places too. If you’re visiting northern Florida, check out our recommendations for things to eat, see, and do in Jacksonville.
Bold Bean Coffee: We loved this coffee shop! They make their own syrups, which added a unique spin on their menu. While I’m not typically a syrup-in-my-coffee kind of gal, I was pretty obsessed with their honey almond milk lattes. In fact, I enjoyed one every day of our trip. We usually arrived before they were open (#enthusiasm), but thankfully, it was a quick walk to the beach, where we could enjoy the beautiful sunrise. I’m giving Bold Bean 5 stars for great customer service, workspace, and oh yeah, coffee.
Delicomb: If you’re looking for a healthy lunch spot, check out Delicomb. Their wraps, salads, and sandwiches are packed with veggies, which made me feel a little less guilty for eating chips and salsa at The Flying Iguana later. It’s locally owned and almost everything is organic and made from scratch. I had a lot of work to get done and calls to make, so we camped out in their spacious cafe for hours.
The Flying Iguana: Several people recommended we visit this fun taqueria and tequila bar, which we did on Cinco de Mayo. We enjoyed crispy chips, yummy fish tacos, and for Will, a huge house margarita. We sat at the bar because the place was hopping and the wait was long, but our experience was still a 10/10. Go for the live music and creative signature cocktails.
Jacksonville Beach: I know, I know. This is an obvious one, and I shouldn’t have to remind you to visit the beach in Jacksonville, but I’m going to anyways. Jax Beach is where all of the activity takes place. Surfers, find your scene at Jax pier. Want to take a break from the beach? Rent a beach cruiser and ride up and down 1st Street.
Ponte Vedra Beach: While quieter than Jax Beach, Ponte Vedra is a relaxing getaway and the perfect excuse to drive by all of the beautiful Ponte Vedra homes. Grab your book and Spikeball for a fun day on the beach.
Skydive Palatka: This recommendation deserves a post of its own. Until I get to that, allow me to introduce you to the most chill dropzone in Florida. Skydive Palatka is ~45-minutes outside of Jacksonville. Fun fact: my hubby learned to skydive here! He was even known to spend the night there a weekend or two. All of you drop-zone junkies can jump for $25. If you do a tandem jump, expect to pay $185 for your ride. This is a splurge but SO worth it!
We stayed here because it was budget-friendly. I highly recommend it! Parking was a breeze, and our host was very friendly and helpful, especially when I got the stomach flu 🙁 on our last day and needed to stay in bed a few hours past checkout.
It was my first time hanging out in a Florida beach town (Orlando doesn’t count!), but I know we’ll be back. Naples, Miami, and the Florida Keys are next on our list. Have you been to Florida? I’d love to hear what you recommend!