Destination guide

Surf’s up in Jacksonville Beach

Bracing sea air, panoramic views, and access to some of the best surfing spots in Florida are all part of the package when you book Jacksonville Beach vacation rentals. This sun-drenched stretch of Atlantic coastline has been hosting the prestigious pro/am WaveMasters competition since 1983, while each June the resort fills with young hopefuls and their families for the Florida Surfing Association’s joyful Super Grom Surf Fest for under-10s. But there’s more to Jacksonville Beach than world-class water sports—history, culture, cuisine,, and warm Southern hospitality are all part of its year-round appeal.

Things to do

The fun never stops in Jacksonville Beach

Jacksonville Beach’s soft sands and warm, gentle waves are the perfect backdrop for fun-filled family outings, with 22 miles of panoramic oceanfront to explore. The quaint village of Mayport is famous for its casino boats and seafood restaurants serving the local specialty, Mayport shrimp. Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is a favorite spot for picnicking, fishing, and hiking, along with a Splash Park where the little ones can cool off. A lively program of music concerts, open-air movies, art markets, and food festivals keeps the action going from spring to fall, and Jacksonville Beach vacation rentals offer the flexibility and freedom to seize every opportunity.


Jacksonville Beach—tasty tours on your doorstep

Guided tours of the sights provide a great introduction to this friendly community—and one of the most popular visitor attractions is the Budweiser Brewery in downtown Jacksonville, which has been keeping the Southern states supplied with St. Louis’ famous beer since 1969. Self-guided walking tours offer an overview of the company’s fascinating history, while accompanied tours take you behind the scenes for a closer look at the brewing process and its state-of-the-art technology. Whichever option you choose, don’t miss a chance to taste the delicious products and take home some merchandise of this legendary American brand.


Jacksonville Beach—a climate for all seasons

Florida’s humid subtropical climate is the main attraction for its thriving year-round vacation industry. Winter or summer, most days are filled with sunshine, while the proximity of the ocean keeps humidity at bay. In the sizzling heat of June through August, Jacksonville Beach vacation rentals with a pool are a bonus. The tropical storm season of September/October is a good time to look for bargains on Jacksonville Beach vacation rentals. The resort’s iconic pier creates excellent conditions for surfing all year round, with the less crowded winter months especially popular among experienced surfers.

Natural features

Jacksonville Beach’s unique wetlands

A trip to the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, around 15 miles north of Jacksonville Beach, provides a fascinating glimpse of the region’s unique environmental profile, as well as its rich social heritage. The preserve contains the state’s oldest standing plantation, the remains of a Spanish mission, and excavations dating back to 2500 BC. This vast unspoiled coastal wetland is home to a wide variety of animals, including opossums, armadillos, alligators, turtles, lizards, and many species of amphibians, along with a rich diversity of native and migrating water birds.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Jacksonville Beach

Fly into Jacksonville, FL (CRG-Jacksonville Executive at Craig), the closest airport, located 7.4 mi (12 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Jacksonville, FL (JAX-Jacksonville Intl.), which is 21.9 mi (35.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Jacksonville Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 487 vacation rentals near Jacksonville Beach. From 185 Houses to 222 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Jacksonville Beach are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Jacksonville Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Jacksonville Beach:

  • Atlantic Shores: 49 vacation rentals
  • Amelia Island: 931 vacation rentals
  • Beaches: 261 vacation rentals
  • Atlantic Beaches: 16 vacation rentals
  • Southside: 62 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Jacksonville Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Jacksonville Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mayo Clinic Florida: 681 vacation rentals
  • Jacksonville Beach Pier: 834 vacation rentals
  • TPC Sawgrass: 798 vacation rentals
  • Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park: 1,296 vacation rentals
  • Metropolitan Park: 606 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Jacksonville Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Jacksonville Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 185 Houses in Jacksonville Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Jacksonville Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 222 rentals available
  • Cottages: 18 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 18 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Jacksonville Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 211 vacation rentals with pool available in Jacksonville Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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