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The River City Beaches

Apr 3, 2008
That first trip to the ocean is almost a spiritual moment. There is always a period where the first timer takes some time to spend on the beach by him or herself. They sit there, looking out over the ocean as the mighty waves lap at the white sandy shores. This person contemplates much during this initial visit. It is a moment of spiritual growth and realization. One tends to feel small, but at the same time having the world at their feet. There are no real words to truly explain the impact of this moment. The closest you will come is in the word, "addicted." Once an individual gets a taste of the beach life, they have to have it again. Something about the sunshine, the roaring sea, and the sea gulls calling out seems to get inside us, and we must go back. This is the exact experience that you will find at the Jacksonville Beach.

Jacksonville is one of the better choices for that first beach visit in that it is not one of the Florida top tourist areas. The traffic isn't bad, the beaches aren't crowded, and you don't have to worry about the skyrocketed prices on hotel rooms as well as everything else that you have to buy while in town. In the bigger Florida cities, there is a far less chance that you can sit on the beach in peace without hundreds of people walking in front of and behind you.

Of course, even not being a major tourist trap, there are still plenty of things to do along the twenty plus miles of Jacksonville shoreline. There are cruise rentals where you can spend an entire day with your family on the lovely blue Atlantic waters, sun bathing on what feels like your very own yacht while the children stand at the edge and watch the dolphins burst forth from the waves alongside the ship.

Alternatively, if you are more of the outdoor sports type, there is deep sea fishing expeditions that you can also book at one of the many piers along the coastline in Jacksonville. You can have your choice of different lengths of outings and different fish to go after. If you are truly the adventurous type, you can even go after the ultimate fisherman's prey, the Sharks! Or, if the boating is not really where your heart is, you can simply fish off the end of the piers. There are many nice shops that will sell you bait and provide all your fishing gear for you.

Jacksonville also has an ample supply of nightlife, restaurants, fine hotels, and even beach house rentals if you would rather have your own personal space, as many do. There is golf, tennis, biking, boating and hundreds of other activities, but without the crowds and ridiculous prices of the more urban tourist driven areas. If this is your first beachfront vacation, by all means, make it at the Jacksonville Beach where you can truly get into the real beach experience. You are, after all, only a first time beachcomber only once in your lifetime. Make it count in Jacksonville Florida.
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