Greater Jacksonville – Duval County
Jacksonville is conveniently located on the St. John's River, just 25 miles south of the Georgia border and about 340 miles north of Miami. This rapidly growing city has been consistently rated one of the "Hottest Cities in America" for business expansion and relocation. And it's easy to see why with beautiful weather, miles of beaches and waterways, a strong economy and high quality of life, all at a reasonable cost of living.
Jacksonville has something for everyone. The outdoor enthusiast will revel in almost 60,000 acres of parks throughout the city, and some of the best sport fishing, boating and water sports around. The shopping maven will enjoy strolling through historic San Marco square which boasts Italian-influenced architecture, art galleries, and trendy boutiques. The sports fanatic will marvel in the 73,000 seat stadium that is home to the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League and the site of the annual college football Gator Bowl Classic.
Jacksonville parents can relax knowing their children are getting a superior education at one of the city's highly prestigious schools such as Stanton College Preparatory or Paxon School for Advanced Studies. Both of which ranked in the top three in the nation according to Newsweek Magazine.
What better time to relocate than now? Home prices in the Jacksonville area are still low and market trends are favorable for buyers. Many communities offer luxury homes at affordable prices. Experience the joy of owning a new home in Jacksonville, Florida's largest city.
Come see why Money magazine named Jacksonville among the "top ten best places to live."
Downtown Jacksonville – Duval County
Downtown Jacksonville is the cultural and entertainment epicenter of Northeast Florida. Since it's revitalization in the early 1990's, Downtown Jacksonville has become a mecca for business, art, music and fine dining. There are over a dozen museums and art galleries, ten entertainment venues including EverBank Field, the Jacksonville Jaguars home and more restaurants than you can count.
Flowing through downtown, the St. Johns River is a constant hot spot with over 5 miles of riverfront, including 3 miles of public riverwalks. With over 2,000 residential homes, from lavish condos to affordable apartments, Downtown Jacksonville breathes new life into the adage "live here, work here, play here."
Transportation in and around downtown is a breeze with options ranging from buses and trolleys to river taxis and the skyway tram. When the sun sets over St. Johns River head over to The Core, Downtown Jacksonville's newest nightlife district, where swanky bars and the best live music venues will keep you dancing until dawn.
Downtown Jacksonville Restaurants
- Blue Bamboo Restaurant and Wine Bar
- Café Nola
- Metro Diner
- Village Bread Café
- Chew Restaurant
- Stonewood Grill & Tavern
- Juliette's Bistro
- Los Toros
- Basil Thai and Sushi
- La Cena Ristorante
Downtown Jacksonville Nightlife
Southside – Duval, County
South Jacksonville, better known as Southside, is an area on the south side of the St. Johns River across from the urban center of Jacksonville. This up-and-coming neighborhood boasts shopping, dining and entertainment that is unmatched anywhere else in Jacksonville.
Charming neighborhoods such as San Marco and San Jose offer residents chic restaurants and trendy boutiques. If brand names and bright lights are more your style head over to the St. Johns Town Center, a 1 million-square-foot, open-air urban center offering retail, residential and fine dining. For a bit of fresh air, stop by one of many outdoor parks to satisfy your need for green, including Curtis Lovelace Park, Landon Park or River Oaks Park.
Spend a day in Southside and you will see why everyone is so hot for this cool Jacksonville neighborhood.
- Bistro Aix
- Chart House
- River City Brewing Company
- Morton's the Steakhouse
- Wine Cellar
- Crazy Sushi
- Matthew's Restaurant
- Maggiano's Little Italy
- The Cheesecake Factory
- P.F. Chang's China Bistro
- III Forks
Jacksonville Beach – Duval County
Located just east of Jacksonville, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intra-Coastal Waterway, you will find northeast Florida's best kept secret, Jacksonville Beach. This resort community offers miles of un-crowded, white sandy beaches, fine dining, shopping and golfing.
Take a stroll down Sea Walk Pavilion, where you will find concerts, festivals and movie showings year round. Or take in the marine life on Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier, a quarter mile boardwalk with views of the Atlantic Ocean and deep-water fish. After the sun sets enjoy Jacksonville Beach's active nightlife with oceanfront clubs, bars and pubs.
Jacksonville Beach Restaurants
- The Brasserie
- Bonefish Grill
- Daruma Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar
- Aqua Grill
- Ocean 60
- Pusser's Caribbean Grille
- Lynch's Irish Pub
Jacksonville Beach Nightlife
Atlantic Beach – Duval County
North of Jacksonville Beach you'll find the city of Atlantic Beach, a unique coastal community bursting with small town charm. This quiet, beach-front city encompasses 3.7 square miles with two miles of white sandy beaches.
The City also boasts 65 acres dedicated to parks, including the Dutton Island Preserve on the Intra-Coastal Waterway. This 27 acre island is a beautiful, expansive nature park with winding trails, camping sites, pavilions, and a dock for launching kayaks and canoes.
Atlantic Beach offers its citizens the opportunity to live in a quaint, charming ocean-front city on Florida's First Coast.
Atlantic Beach Restaurants
Atlantic Beach Nightlife
Neptune Beach – Duval County
A quiet beachfront city, Neptune Beach is located east of Jacksonville on San Pablo Island. Bounded by Atlantic Beach to the North and Jacksonville Beach to the South, Neptune Beach covers 2.5 square miles. The city took its name from a local train station built in 1922 named "Neptune." Once a part of Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach has been its own municipality since 1931.
In Neptune Beach, beauty has no price tag and residents strive to maintain a relatively high quality of life. Average home prices in Neptune Beach are double the Duval County average. Residents spend most of their time horseback riding, golfing, hiking and biking. When not on dry land, citizens of Neptune Beach enjoy the best surfing on the Northeast Florida coast.
Whether you are relocating or just visiting, Neptune Beach is sure to please. Observe the undisturbed wildlife of dolphins and storks which gives this town its unique charm. Enjoy casual or fine dining on the beach, have a cocktail poolside at the famous Lemon Bar, and watch the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean.
Neptune Beach Restaurants
Neptune Beach Nightlife
- The Lemon Bar
Fernandina Beach – Nassau County
Fernandina Beach is located on beautiful Amelia Island, 30 minutes north of the Jacksonville International Airport. The rich history and immense culture make this beach city an absolute delight. Known as the "Isle of Eight Flags," Amelia Island is the only town in the United States that has had eight different national flags.
Take a walk through the city's 50-block historic district sprawling with classic Victorian architecture and revel in the celebrated beauty. Stop in the old Palace Saloon on your walk, for a drink at Florida's oldest continuously operating bar and be sure to sample some of the local cuisine. As the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry, Fernandina Beach residents enjoy the freshest shrimp along the Atlantic coast.
For the art and antique collectors, Fernandina Beach's Centre Street is a haven of stores filled with the city's rich historic past. Adventure seekers look no further, from dolphin watching to deep-sea fishing, SCUBA diving to hiking, exploring Amelia Island has no boundaries.
Fernandina Beach Restaurants
- Beech Street Grill
- 29 South Eats
- Joe's 2nd Street Bistro
- O'Kane's Irish Pub & Eatery
- Kofe Hous
- The Verandah
- 1878 Steak House
- The Marina Restaurant
- Frisky Mermaid Bar & Grille
- Slider's Seaside Grill
Fernandina Beach Nightlife
Orange Park – Clay County
The Town of Orange Park is located in Northeast Clay County, a few miles south of Jacksonville. As one of the largest suburbs of Jacksonville, Greater Orange Park encompasses the communities of Lakeside and Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace.
At the time of its founding, Orange Park was named in the hopes of a prosperous fruit-growing industry. However, the crops were destroyed during the Great Freeze of 1894 and never grew back. Despite the city's short-lived fruit industry, Orange Park remains a flourishing community rich in history.
The city offers its residents an abundance of entertainment and activities. Just west of the St. Johns River, Orange Park is also home to Doctor's Lake and Black Creek providing water enthusiasts the opportunity for boating, fishing, and water sports. On-shore, residents enjoy camping, hiking and biking.
Orange Park Restaurants
Lakeside – Clay County
Southwest of Jacksonville on the west shore of Doctor's Lake is a lovely community known as Lakeside. This beautiful waterside village offers residents a tranquil atmosphere that's distinctly different from Jacksonville's bustling environment.
With affordable real estate and a superior school district it's no wonder Lakeside is one of the nation's fastest growing regions. Nestled on Doctor's Lake, just off the St. Johns River, residents take pleasure in water sports and activities year round. The community also has festivals and fairs, and thousands of acres of parks and wilderness. Employers close to Lakeside include Orange Park Medical Center, Kindred Hospital, Baptist Medical and the Naval Air Station (NAS).
- Lil' Bambino's
- Whitey's Fish Camp
Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace – Clay County
Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace is situated on the St. Johns River, within the Town of Orange Park.
This thriving community offers affordable housing options in master-planned communities, waterfront properties, suburban neighborhoods and homes located near three military bases: Camp Blanding, Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport.
Residents of Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace enjoy boating, fishing and swimming on St. Johns River and nearby Doctor's Lake. Another favorite pastime of this quiet community is golfing. Close enough to Jacksonville to experience all the big city has to offer, yet far enough away to enjoy the simplicities of water-front living at its finest. Bellair- Meadowbrook Terrace has something for everyone.
Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace Restaurants
- Brick Oven Pizzeria & Italian Ristorante
- Hilltop Restaurant
Green Cove Springs – Clay County
Early inhabitants of Green Cove Springs were attracted to the area by the warm mineral spring flowing into the St. Johns River. Today, the sulfur spring feeds a public swimming pool in Spring Park before hitting the river.
South of Jacksonville, Green Cove Springs is a stark contrast to the bustling city up the river. A charming city with small town appeal, Green Cove Springs is a quiet place to raise a family outside the loud, effervescent atmosphere of Jacksonville. The rural town is tied to farming, mining, industrial parks and military facilities.
Residents in Green Cove Springs move to a slower beat, taking time to enjoy the beauty that surrounds them. Take time on your visit to explore the historical downtown district including the "Old Courthouse" built in 1875. The history of Green Cove Springs is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Green Cove Springs Restaurants
- Asbury Pizza
- Sweet Sensations
- Latinos Store La Casita
- City Diner
- Cousin's Café
Fruit Cove – St. Johns County
The village of Fruit Cove is located on the east shore of St. Johns River, south of Jacksonville and approximately 5 miles south of the Buckman Bridge. Known as the most affordable suburb in Florida, Fruit Cove is a thriving community for people of all ages.
A popular vacation spot since the 1700s, Fruit Cove is named for the local citrus industry that thrived in the area during the 19th century. What remains a popular spot today, this blossoming town has experienced record population growth over the past few years, leading it to be labeled the fastest growing place in Florida for 2010 by BusinessWeek magazine.
As the town continues to expand, the business and entertainment follows. Come see what all the growth is about!
Fruit Cove Restaurants
St. Augustine – St. Johns County
Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, St. Augustine is the oldest permanent European settlement in North America. Located approximately 50 minutes from Jacksonville and convenient to Orlando and Daytona airports, St. Augustine is always a favorite for locals and tourists alike.
It was in the 1880's that the old Spanish town became a popular resort destination. Luxury and leisure still abound today, as many residents can be found on the weekends boating, golfing, playing tennis or taking flying lessons. With beautiful weather year-round, St. Augustine Beaches from Vilano Beach in the North to St. Augustine Beach in the South are always full of activity.
If you're looking for culture, look no further than First Friday Art Walk, when galleries open their doors serving free cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The live music scene is varied and ever present. The Plaza downtown presents its Concerts in the Park Series each summer. The historic district and area surrounding Flagler College are music hot spots throughout the year.
During the day, shop the antique stores and galleries lining the streets of the Historic District. Underneath St. Augustine's rich history and vibrant culture is a night life that would leave any party-goer in high spirits. From beach front bars to stylish jazz clubs, karaoke taverns, pubs and clubs, the entertainment is limitless.
With so many attractions, miles of beautiful beaches, St. Augustine is a great place to live or visit.
St. Augustine Restaurants
- Denoel French Pastry Shop
- Sangrias Tapas & Piano Bar
- Raintree Restaurant
- Cortesse's Bistro
- The Tasting Room
- Caps on the Water
- Amici Italian Restaurant
- The Oasis
- O.C. White's Restaurant
- Gypsy Cab Company