If beautiful beaches, world class tennis, and professional golf appeal to you, then Ponte Vedra is your neighborhood. For tradition, variety, quality and year round enjoyment, there is no other geographical area that compares, but it is the people that make Ponte Vedra Beach so special. You will find the ambiance of a small town here, but with the flavor of sophistication found in larger cities.
The beaches are among the prettiest in Florida. Here seaside resorts and private escapes are crested in the twisted oaks and hammocks of wild palmettos. Miles of freshwater streams, creeks and lagoons course through the natural environs accentuating the natural beauty of the beaches.
Just inland, some of the most prestigious and scenic golf courses in the world attract professional tournaments including the PGA TOUR’S “fifth” major, THE PLAYERS Championship, with a 6 million dollar purse. Ponte Vedra Beach, with its 135 professional caliber holes, is acclaimed as the Pebble Beach of the East Coast. Our signature course, acclaimed “the seventh best resort course in America by Golf Digest, is the 6,857-yard TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course with its notoriously difficult island green, one of the “World’s Most Photographed Holes.”
After having your fill of golf, grab your racquet and play a few sets at one of the 44 professional caliber tennis courts. The ATP headquarters tennis center has eleven courts emulating the surfaces of the Grand Slam tournaments, including red clay and fresh grass. The Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa, and The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach also have courts.
Other activities available nearby include deep sea and freshwater charters for those interested in fishing, as well as sailing, wind surfing and jet-ski rentals for the more active vacationers. On nature walks, the careful eye may glimpse a loggerhead turtle or one of the 177 species of birds. Of course, elegant shopping and fine dining are available throughout the area, after a day filled with excitement and appreciation for the natural wonders of Ponte Vedra Beach.
Nestled between skyscrapers and the St. Johns River, Downtown Jacksonville’s North and South banks have an urban vibe with a cool atmosphere. Fortune 500 companies call the city’s core home. During the week, thousands of professionals and visitors fill the streets enjoying unique lunch and dining destinations, world-class museums. Close to Downtown's Southbank is the historic neighborhood of San Marco. Stroll along San Marco Square and you'll discover incredible dining, upscale trendy clothing boutiques, and sensational art galleries. Downtown Jacksonville boasts 5.6 miles of beautiful riverfront, including almost 3 miles of river walk, perfect for a stroll or a jog by the St. Johns or even one of our famous skyline photographs.
Located in Northeast Florida, Atlantic Beach claims miles of laid-back beaches and close proximity to excellent golf, parks and the big-city energy of Jacksonville. Atlantic Beach is a quaint Florida beach town. 2012 census estimates for Atlantic Beach has the estimated population at just under 13,000 people. It also shimmers with history, the site of what many experts believe was the first year-round Native American settlement in North America. Now, the visitor finds houses and condos, a few hideaway hotels and a commercial strip or two, because everyone needs necessities from time to time. Also be sure to visit Hannah Park, a magnet for surfers, beachcombers, campers and bicyclists along Atlantic Beach's northern border, a place that keeps a bit of Old Florida alive. The last decade has seen Atlantic Beach establish a Town Center at the foot of Atlantic Boulevard and Third Street. It’s an entertainment and restaurant complex that attracts people of all ages.
The City of Neptune Beach is a community of 7,500 residents located in Duval County on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Intracoastal Waterway on the west. The primary focus of the community is to protect the residential nature of the City and to maintain its high quality of life through strict growth management standards. Neptune Beach comprises approximately 2.5 square miles and is bounded by the City of Atlantic Beach to the north and the City of Jacksonville Beach to the south. Neptune Beach Florida has a nice variety of shops and restaurants. Neptune Beach residents also enjoy all of the benefits of Atlantic Beach Florida, Jacksonville Beach Florida and Ponte Vedra Beach Florida...all close neighbors.
The Southside is southeast of downtown, the Southside area of Jacksonville runs between Mandarin and the Intracoastal and down to St Johns county. The Southside area of Jacksonville is a mix of residential and commercial development. This section is located South of downtown and is easily accessible from I-95 and US 1. Southside is an established area with a huge variety of restaurants. There are also multiple malls in this area including St Johns Town Center. St Johns Town Center is located in the Southside area off of JTB and the JTB/295 area. The Southside area of Jacksonville is easily accessible to the beaches, boating, shopping, sporting events and all of the recreation the Jacksonville area has to offer.
This community has abundant waterfront property, surrounded by the St. Johns on the west and north and the Intracoastal on the east. Fort Caroline National Park overlooks the site of a former colony of French Huguenots. Jacksonville University, Jones College and a small airfield are located in Arlington. There are many apartment complexes; homes come in all styles and price ranges. Arlington has easy access to schools, churches and downtown.
Primarily rural until the end of the 1960s when developers discovered this area, Mandarin has grown steadily since. The Mandarin Community Club works diligently to maintain the community’s architectural integrity. Mandarin is rich in history, and for years different preservation groups have sought to maintain that history either in family holdings, trunks, church and school archives or through Mandarin Community Club involvement. Mandarin homes range from estates on the St. Johns River to small country homes with stables.
Bordered on the east by the St. Johns River, to the north and west by the Ortega River and south of Riverside, this community is a peninsula on the river. Convenient private schools, area churches, and small parks along the river contribute to Ortega’s charm. The Florida Yacht Club and Timuquana Country Club offer private social and recreational opportunities. Worth Magazine ranked Ortega 46th among the nation’s top 50 wealthiest neighborhoods. The area offers just about any style of architecture and homes range in size from average sites to stately, sprawling estates. The 1920s Ortega River Bridge is one of the oldest functioning drawbridges.
Riverside and Avondale
This community is bordered to the west by Highway 17 and the river to the east, between Interstate 10 to the north and the Ortega River to the south. These are well-established, historic neighborhoods on the west bank of the St. Johns River. There are five public schools located within walking distance of both neighborhoods. Riverside has become an attractive spot for young professionals who want a short commute to work. Homes include modest duplexes to elegantly restored historic residences and waterfront estates. Riverside is a medical hub with the St. Vincent’s Medical Complex and private medical offices scattered along the river. Avondale is a traditional neighborhood with small boutique-type shopping, quaint streets and small-town charm. There are over a dozen parks with tennis courts, softball fields, and paths for jogging, walking or biking. Its close proximity to downtown makes it a great location for short commutes.
San Jose and San Marco
San Jose and San Marco are bordered to the west by the St. Johns River and by U.S. 1 to the east. A popular area for young professionals, San Jose and San Marco are close to the river and downtown. The area features boutique shopping and entertainment in San Marco Square, and private country clubs and private schools along San Jose Boulevard. Spanish architecture is most common in this area. A number of public schools are within these neighborhoods, enabling students to walk to school.
Located just south of Jacksonville and west of the St. Johns River, Orange Park offers camping, hiking, and water activities for all. The Orange Park area is home to Doctor's Lake and Black Creek providing boaters the perfect place to wakeboard, fish, or just relax on the water. It is also the home of Naval Air Station Jacksonville the birthplace of the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s world-renowned flight demonstration team.
Located 21 miles (34 km) southwest of downtown Jacksonville, on the western side of the St. Johns River. Both Fleming Island and Orange Park fall within the boundaries of Clay County. Fleming Island is primarily a bedroom community of nearby Jacksonville. Major developments include Eagle Harbor, Pace Island and Fleming Island Plantation. Fleming Island High School, which opened in 2003, is the only high school on the island.