How to Spend a Day in Jacksonville Beach | Coffee Shops, Nightlife, and More

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I love Jacksonville Beach and I spend most of my weekends here! Jacksonville seasons usually consist of “really hot,” “hot,” “warm,” and “chilly,” so Jax Beach makes for the perfect day almost any time of the year! And not just any time of the year but also any time of the day. You can spend mornings at one of the local coffee shops, afternoons in the sun with a local bite to eat, and nights at one of the bars dancing and mingling! There really is something for everyone which is why I love Jax beach.

I’m here to tell you what a day at Jacksonville Beach looks like for me!

Sago How To Spend A Day In Jacksonville Beach | Coffee Shops, Nightlife, And More 2022
📷 Sago Coffee

Coffee & Donuts

Before I even step foot on the beach, I stop for a vanilla latte from Sago Coffee and a 6 pack of Mini Bar Donuts. Coffee and donuts are my favorite and I cannot get enough of these two local Jax Beach shops.

Sago Coffee is newer to Jacksonville and their space is so open and inviting. It’s the perfect hangout any time of the day and they even have patio furniture outside if you want to enjoy the sun. Be sure to check out our guide to Jax Beach coffee shops for more!

Mini Bar Donuts is a short 5-minute drive from Sago Coffee but honestly, I would drive an hour if I needed to–they’re that good. I like to try different flavors but my constant favorite is the fruity pebbles donut. Yum! They also have delicious coffee by Bold Bean Coffee Roasters, another local Jacksonville favorite.

Sago Coffee
Monday–Sunday | 7AM–5PM

📍318 7th Ave N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Mini Bar Donuts
Monday–Thursday | 7AM–5PM
Friday–Saturday | 7AM–7PM
Sunday | 8AM–2PM

📍1300 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Donatos How To Spend A Day In Jacksonville Beach | Coffee Shops, Nightlife, And More 2022
📷 Donatos Pizza


I’m personally a huge pizza fan so when a new pizza place pops up, I’m the first in line. And Donatos just popped up in Jax Beach recently and their pizza is DELICIOUS.

When I go, I get the Serious Meat 10″ pizza with a Dr. Pepper before heading back to the beach! There are more delicious pizza places in Jax Beach and nearby so be sure to check out our pizza guide for more options!

Donatos Pizza
Sunday–Thursday | 11AM–11PM
Friday–Saturday | 11AM–2AM

📍1500 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Kayla Jax Beach How To Spend A Day In Jacksonville Beach | Coffee Shops, Nightlife, And More 2022
📷 Jacksonville Beach

The Beach

After I have had all the yummy coffee, donuts, and pizza, I usually find a good spot on the beach and layout with a good book. Some of my favorite books are Every Breath by Nicholas SparksThe Last Song by Nicholas Sparks, or To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. There is also a Books-A-Million in Jax Beach that you can pick up a book before your beach day!

Once I’m done getting lost in a romance novel, I usually play a pick-up game of volleyball! I cannot wait to start the Fall season of Sand Volleyball with JAX Fray! My team plays once a week at Jax Beach at night. If you love sports like me, check out all the different leagues they have and sign up for their next season.

📍503 First St N.

Casa How To Spend A Day In Jacksonville Beach | Coffee Shops, Nightlife, And More 2022
📷 Casa Marina

Happy Hour

Who doesn’t love a good cocktail by the beach? I have 2 favorites that both have amazing beachfront views. Casa Marina Restaurant has amazing happy hours with a rooftop bar! I love a good Espresso Martini or Moonlight Martini. Surfer the Bar is another hot spot at Jax Beach. I love going to events here or just spending a night out at the upstairs bar–they also have amazing views from their balcony! I love a yummy Pineapple Express.

Casa Marina Restaurant
Monday–Thursday | 3PM–10PM
Friday–Saturday | 1PM–12AM
Sunday | 1PM–10PM

📍691 1st St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Surfer the Bar
Tuesday–Sunday | 12PM–12AM

📍200 1st St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

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A day in Jacksonville beach is always a day well spent for me. New places are continuing to pop up around town and one of my favorite things to do is explore new places!

There are so many great places walking distance from the beach so be sure to check all the great things to do in Jax Beach and near the Jacksonville Beach Boardwalk

Kayla Fosegan

Kayla Fosegan

Kayla is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do in Jacksonville City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in Jacksonville, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinJacksonville on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.