Coastal resort city Jacksonville Beach is home to nearly 23,000 residents and 4.1 miles of pristine beaches. Just 20 minutes east of downtown Jacksonville and on the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville Beach is a collection of eclectic styles, both in its people and architecture. Beachfronts are dotted with brightly painted cafes, bars and shops. Many homes take on a mid-century modern style and are priced higher than the JAX average rent and home cost. Surf competitions, food festivals and art markets are a few of the events residents enjoy by the shores surrounding the iconic Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier. Inland, launch a boat or a day hike at the Cradle Creek Preserve.