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Burgers in Jacksonville Area Beaches

Colonel Mustard's Phatburger

Even the kids get involved at this no-frills, friendly, family-owned-and-operated burger joint a few blocks back from the beach. It's cheap and cheery and guaranteed to please, although vegetarians will be disappoin…
Modern American in Jacksonville Area Beaches

Eleven South

For an updated bit of fine contemporary global dining that's still within spitting distance of the beach, head to Eleven South, where the date-night atmosphere is thick and the rack of lamb is as delectable as the l…
Park in Jacksonville Area Beaches

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park

If you want a beach that's away from any crowds – and a slice of Atlantic coast natural beauty – come to this 450-acre park, which boasts 2.5 miles of undeveloped shoreline, dune ecosystems and maritime forest dripp…
Cafe in Jacksonville Area Beaches

European Street

Assemble the perfect picnic (or just get a great sandwich) at this excellent combination chocolatier, deli, bar (boasting 150 imported beers) and gourmet market, with a huge menu of salads, sandwiches and German far…
Southern US in Jacksonville Area Beaches

Beach Hut Café

Don't let its strip-mall location deceive you: the food here is finger-lickin' good. Famous for its big, all-day Southern breakfasts, it draws huge lines – especially on weekends.
Bar in Jacksonville Area Beaches

Surfer the Bar

This enormous spot is what happens when you blend a beach bar with a contemporary interiors magazine; if you're wondering about the design sense (and name), this is a brick-and-mortar bar operated by Surfer magazine…
Pier in Jacksonville Area Beaches

Jacksonville Beach Pier

Constructed from removable planks, allowing it to be dismantled in the event of a hurricane, the 1300ft pier has a bait shop, concessions and fish-cleaning stations. Bring drinks, cast your line and wait for a nibbl…
Diner in Jacksonville Area Beaches

Metro Diner

An excellent breakfast/brunch spot in Jacksonville Beach, this tried-and-true diner has been in business since 1938. These days it's usually packed, especially on weekends. Benedicts for brunch, meatloaf, big fish s…
Bar in Jacksonville Area Beaches

Casa Marina

Atop the restored 1925 Casa Marina hotel you'll find a compact yet happening beachfront bar with killer views and ambient tunes from its ample rooftop deck. There's a live DJ Thursday to Saturday nights.