Coined "Boneyard Beach" by the locals, this stretch of sand, surf and driftwood is one of Jacksonville's best kept secrets.
Photography Tip: For brilliant landscape photos, shoot just before sunrise for beautiful fiery skies.
Shoppes of Northshore, 363 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
If you ask about the best burger joint, or the best beach-adjacent restaurant, you will likely get a single word answer from the locals: "Poe's." At first this recommendation can be a bit disconcerting because no one feels the need to explain further. But one visit to Poe's and you will understand why. This unique, Edgar Allen Poe-themed restaurant does a few things really well: burgers, customer service and Edgar Allen Poe.
Featuring a simple menu of burgers (with the option to substitute grilled chicken), salads, soups, craft beers and delicious cocktails, Poe's will have you coming back for more. You can find our full rave of Poe's here.
Photography Tip: The indoor seating at Poe's is as dark as its namesake. Opt to dine outdoors to get the best lighting when snapping pics of your food.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
370 Zoo Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32218
With more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals, 1,000 varieties of plants, and numerous sculptures, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a great place to visit throughout the year. The Zoo and Gardens is constantly bringing in new and exciting exhibits so that no visit ever feels the same, but there are a few permanent, such as the giraffes and tigers that are highly favored by the locals.