Jacksonville's beautiful geography and climate make living in the area quick and fun. The beaches in and around the Jacksonville area provide residents with beautiful escape experiences.
Located north of the city center, Atlantic Beach features impressive beach houses that reflect a variety of New England, Caribbean and artistic architectural styles. South of the city center is Neptune Beach lined with soft colored beach houses that are slightly more modest in size and style. Both communities share the same stretch of soft, wide, white sandy beaches supported by dunes covered with oatmeal.
The most populous stretch of Jacksonville coast, Jacksonville Beach, contains a fast-growing skyline of high-rise condos and hotels. Located in its active downtown area is the new Seawalk Pavilion, an oceanfront amphitheater, and Latham Plaza, a manicured green area located across the street. Together they form a recreational hub surrounded by numerous restaurants, night terraces and hotels. Throughout the year, both venues are popular festivals celebrating food, culture and music. Jacksonville Beach has a beautiful wide strand of soft, white sand that is fronted by oats and sand dunes. Adventure Landing is a popular water park and amusement complex located on the other side of the island.
Jacksonville's exclusive Ponte Vedra Beach has the huge oceanfront mansions of millionaires, a trio of world-class resorts including the five-star Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and shopping villages full of high-end stores. The most beautiful people in Jacksonville live in the most planned communities along Ponte Vedra Beach, making this beach a place when in Jacksonville.
There are plenty of sporting events in the Jacksonville area. AllTel Stadium is one of the most attractive NFL stadiums. The hometown of Jacksonville Jaguars is an exciting young team to keep an eye on for local residents. The weather in Jacksonville makes going to a football game a fun pleasant experience.
Jacksonville contains one of the largest zoos in America. The zoo's main attraction, the Range of the Jaguar, is a unique complex that adds to the exciting zoo. Designed as a recreated Latin American village and temple, the attraction includes a restaurant with large picture windows that allow visitors to see these mighty cats as you eat. The lion, elephant and earthenware exhibits allow visitors to see the animals in a natural environment. In addition to the animals, the zoo also has the largest thatched structure in North America, the Main Camp Safari Lodge, which serves as the park's entrance in addition to having a gift shop, meeting room and party areas.