One has to say, when driving through this area of the country, that Atlantic Beach is one of the most appealing of the communities in the Jacksonville area. And it tries to be all things to all beachgoers.
There’s a wonderful Town Center of shops, restaurants, and clean sidewalks. And visitors are welcomed by a center while at the same time keeping an upscale community close by. This is one pretty beach town.
Created in 1900, in the shadow of Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railway, the Continental Hotel was established here a year later by Flagler himself. And this was no average hotel.
The three-block veranda is said to have been large enough to hold over 3,000 rocking chairs! And in 1910, Atlantic Boulevard was laid down to connect this saltwater playground with Jacksonville.
The town’s newsletter, put together by a well-meaning local booster, claims two miles of beachfront for Atlantic Beach, but when you drive it, it’s about a mile. From the north at the main beach access going south, there are additional beach access points at each ending of the streets that dead end into the ocean.
So listen, parking spots near the beach can be found on the streets, but they are snapped up quickly and relinquished rarely.
A large pay lot can be found between 18th and 19th Streets. Lifeguards are on duty here everyday, 8 AM to 6 PM.
Location: Beach access points are located at eastern street ends north of Atlantic Boulevard.
Parking: free street parking
Hours: none posted
Facilities: lifeguards (seasonal)
Contact: Atlantic Beach Recreation Department 1-904-247-9828