Though it's officially a Jacksonville city park, this popular spot on the northern side of the St. Johns River is usually grouped with Amelia's beaches. Among a handful of places where driving on the beach is permitted, it's unusual in that no special permit is required. Families with lots of beach equipment like the option of parking close to the water, but it takes vigilance to avoid soft sand and incoming tides. The ocean side offers good surfing, Boogie boarding, and
surf fishing. On the western side is a shallow, sheltered lagoon that's a favorite with windsurfers, paddleboarders, and parents of small children. The park is also an important stop for migrating birds, so at certain times of the year, some areas are closed to vehicles. Amenities: showers; toilets; lifeguards (seasonal); parking (free). Best for: surfing; swimming; windsurfing.
10980 Heckscher Dr., Fernandina Beach, Florida, 32226, United States