The ocean forms the
First Coast’s eastern boundary with more than 60 miles
of shoreline from the Georgia border to the southern end
of St. Johns County. Whether
your favorite activity is shooting hoops, communing with
nature or cheering on your little leaguer, you’ll have
every opportunity in this area’s exhaustive recreational
avenues. There are hiking trails, canoeing trails and
biking trails. There are baseball fields, soccer fields
and football fields. There are basketball courts,
volleyball courts and tennis courts.
There are skateboard parks
where young daredevils defy gravity and dog parks where
Fido can connect with his inner dog.
The St. Johns and St. Marys rivers,
the Intracoastal Waterway, and their creeks and
tributaries add hundreds of additional miles of waterfront
for all sorts of water sports.
Jacksonville sits at the
confluence of several formidable food traditions.
Farm-raised, Southern-fried cooking reaches deep into
Northeast Florida, putting butterbeans, okra, grits, ham
and fried chicken on many tables. Slow-cooked Southern
barbecue takes on a distinctive twist here with red,
yellow and hot-pepper sauces vying for primacy.
And local seafood —
bountiful shrimp and bodacious fresh and saltwater fish
— finds its way into dishes with a distinctive South
Atlantic low-country flair.
This corner of the world may be spread out, but you can
find your own niche within one of our many towns, cities