The largest resort city in the Jacksonville Beaches community, Jacksonville Beach offers all-family entertainment, good bars and restaurants, and an enormous white-sand beach with a quarter-mile fishing pier. It’s beautiful, clean, and very quiet – a fabulous place to spend the day at the seaside, sunbathe, swim, and enjoy long relaxing walks on the shore.
Location, Access, and Parking
You can find Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier at 503 North 1st Street in Jacksonville Beach City, which is located at the eastern terminus of U. S. Route 90. The pier’s open hours can be adjusted depending on the season; however, usually it’s open from 6 a. m. to 10 p. m. during the high season and from 6 a. m. to 7 p. m. from December through March.
The beach is a free public place while the pier features a symbolic admission fee of $1 for adult visitors (and is free for children under 6). If you’re going to fish, you have to pay $3. The pier is wheelchair accessible.
Parking costs $7 per day and there is also free parking on weekdays. Note that it may be difficult to find a parking space on weekends so it’s better to arrive early.
There is a variety of good bars, restaurants, and shops as well as other venues in the area around the pier. There are various events going there throughout the year.
There is a concession shop where you can buy bait, tackle, drinks, and light snacks. There are outdoor showers and restrooms available (until 10 p. m.). However, they may want a little bit more cleaning and care.
Sand and Water
The beach is huge and features soft, white sand, so nice for walking barefoot. If you’re into collecting, note that you can find a lot of good shells and some shark teeth here. There are beach chairs and umbrellas for rent.
Swimming in the clear blue water is enjoyable and kids are going to have a blast in the waves. Good news for those who love swimming – there are attentive lifeguards on duty during the day.
Jacksonville Beach Pier is a great place for fishing offering access to deep water species of fish. You don’t need Florida Saltwater License. The fishing fee is $3, you can take a maximum of 3 fishing rods per fisherman. Shark fishing is prohibited.
Enjoy the Silence
If you prefer to stay one on one with nature and enjoy silence and tranquility, the best time to go to Jacksonville Beach is either between 6 and 7 a. m. or around midnight when the rest of the world is sleeping. This mesmerizing place can be a paradise for introverts! As a bonus, early birds will enjoy an unforgettable sunrise.
Dogs are allowed on a leash before 9 a. m. and after 5 p. m.
- 30 minutes from Jacksonville, FL
- 1 hour 40 minutes from Gainesville, FL
- 2 hours 15 minutes from Valdosta, GA
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Jacksonville Beach Pier which you can visit:
- Amelia Island State Park Beach (16 miles)
- Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve Beach (19 miles)
- American Beach (20 miles)
- Peters Point Beachfront Park Beach (21 miles)
- Seaside Park Beach (24 miles)