This page provides information on many of the perfect communities in Florida's First Coast. This includes information on the Jacksonville metropolitan area, and highlights these towns:

Jacksonville (Duval County)
Jacksonville is Florida's largest city, both in terms of population (just over 1,000,000) and geographic size. Indeed, at 874 square miles, Jacksonville is the geographically largest city in the contiguous 48 states! There are several metro areas which are larger, including Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. This metropolitan area supports major sporting events (such as Superbowl 39) and teams (such as the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars). There are also many cultural activities, concerts, and other opportunities available here.
Fernandina Beach (often spelled Fernadina Beach) (North of Jacksonville in Nassau County)
Situated on Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach is a beautiful and relaxed community at the north eastern tip of Florida. A popular vacation, retirement, and snowbird community, Fernadina beach has quaint shopping, excellent restaurants, and beautiful golf course and ocean resorts.
Ponte Vedra Beach (East of Jacksonville in St. Johns County)
This upscale community at the center of the First Coast is the headquarters of the PGA Tour, and the home of more PGA professionals than any other city in the nation. Naturally, it boasts multiple golf course communities, including TPC Sawgrass, site of The Players Championship each year. Ponte Vedra is also the headquarters of the ATP Tour (men's professional tennis).
Saint Augustine (always abbreviated as St. Augustine) (South of Jacksonville in St. Johns County)
The oldest European city on the continent, St. Augustine is a major tourist attraction and source of legends. Destinations include shopping in the old city, exploring the oldest fort, and searching for the Fountain of Youth. Fine restaurants abound, as do museums ranging from traditional to cultural to Ripley's Believe It Or Not. St. Augustine is also home to numerous golf course communities, including the World Golf Village (home of the Golf Hall of Fame).
Orange Park (southwest of Jacksonville in Clay County)
This is the home of several large golf course communities, and continues to be a rapidly growing region. West of the St. Johns River (and thus further from the Atlantic Ocean), this area is generally easier on the pocketbook than those communities that enjoy ocean breezes.

These communities are just a start - the choices of where to live go well beyond these few, and the question becomes one of priorities. Can you afford oceanfront, or riverfront, or marsh front? Have you always dreamed of living on a golf course? Or in a Spanish moss draped forest of hundred year-old oak trees? Or perhaps along a lake within site of an osprey or eagle's nest, so you can watch these majestic birds soar and even catch their dinner. Or perhaps you dream of a boat dock at your back door with access to the river, the intracoastal, and even the Atlantic Ocean. The good news is that many of these choices are quite affordable.


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