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Jacksonville has you covered when it’s time to unwind. From luxurious spas to tranquil sunsets, this riverside city offers plenty of ways to de-stress and decompress.

Treat yourself to a pampering day of spa services or enjoy scenic views from the calm waters. This guide will introduce you to top relaxation spots that will make you feel like a new person.

Jacksonville Beach Escapes

Spend your days soaking up vitamin D and seaside peace under blue skies. Sink your toes and catch scenic sunrises and sunsets. Your stress will melt away if you are surrounded by ocean, sand, and sea breezes.

Neptune Beach

This quaint beach town is mostly residential and has a more relaxing beach compared to nearby popular beaches. It’s an ideal spot for those looking to enjoy time with a good book or bask in the sun. The laid-back vibe makes it welcoming for relaxation and gentle strolls along the shore.

Hanna Park

Beyond its beachfront, which is suitable for sunbathing or water activities, extensive trails wind through lush greenery – perfect for hiking or biking as you unwind with some adventure.

The park also provides accommodating camping facilities for extending your stay surrounded by nature while staying within walking distance to its’ beautiful beaches.

Big Talbot Island

This beach-lover’s destination near Jacksonville is all about natural beauty rather you’re your typical tourist beach activities. Known for its Boneyard Beach adorned with weathered trees, it creates dramatic scenery, and is also the perfect setting for nature photography, capturing contrasts between timber and water. This is also your go-to destination for beach combining and shark tooth hunting.

Indulge Your Inner Zen with A Spa Retreat

Indulge in a menu of treatments to knead away stress and truly relax in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Spa at One Ocean

Talk about spa goals – this resort has it all. With floor-to-ceiling windows framing lovely ocean views, you will feel like you’re getting a massage on your private beach!

The treatments are divine, using products from the sea to smooth out your tension. You’ll know it’s the best splurge when your muscles turn to mush. Make your stay that much more indulgent by spending the night in one of their lush and luxurious rooms for a true getaway. Lounge by the pool, walk by the shore and treat yourself to an indulgent meal in their gorgeous resort restaurant & bar, with a view.  

The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

This one is located among plush tropical gardens steps away from Ponte Vedra’s gorgeous beaches. This is a spa you’ll want to stay at all day long at, so book multiple appointments! In between your treatments you can enjoy their gorgeous pool and poolside refreshments.  You will be instantly at peace, surrounded by greenery and natural elements.

They have a diverse menu of services so you can customize your relaxation. Their massages will hit the spot, and they have fabulous skin therapies too. This spa books up months in advance, so you’ll want to plan far ahead and plan to stay all day to truly enjoy the luxury they provide.

Pure Hydration Spa

If you’re into upping your wellness in innovative ways, this is the spot. They offer incredible cryotherapy that truly re-energizes. They work with you to customize and meet your wellness goals. Overall, it is a mind-body relaxing therapy that will leave you feeling rejuvenated.

Unwind and Explore

Cummer Museum

If you want to relaxation with a side of culture, check out the Cummer Museum. Wandering the gardens is like art therapy – beautiful sculptures are surrounded by the most eye-pleasing landscaping that overlooks the downtown riverfront. Enjoy art and the outdoors by adding the Cummer Museum to your relaxation journey.

Kayak And Paddleboarding

One of our favorite ways to unwind is by being on the water. Rent a kayak or a paddleboard and enjoy the healing nature of the water by enjoying a relaxing yet vigorous paddle along the waterway or beaches. There are several meet up groups throughout the area to find a group to kayak with or check with local surf shops for kayak and board rentals. You’ll be left exhausted and relaxed after a day of exercise on the water!

University of North Florida Nature Trails

The local state university, UNF, offers a variety of nature trails where you can hike, walk, and even participate in ropes and obstacle courses. They also offer kayak rentals where you can enjoy kayaking through the campus’s beautiful lakes. You’ll also find lovely picnic areas to enjoy a lunch in peace and quiet and lakes where you can fish- catch and release only. You might even want to check to see if they are hosting any plays or musicals and stay to enjoy a performance in their performing arts center. It’s a beautiful campus to visit and enjoy.

Watch the Sunset from Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park is a tiny park located within the San Marco neighborhood and has a wall along the waterfront where you can bring your chairs and enjoy the gorgeous golden hues of the sunset. The perfect way to end any day of relaxation. Add this sunset viewing destination to your must-do bucket list.

Private Charters

If you wish to leave the crowds behind, Sublime Rides has you covered with our private charters and sunset cruises.

Our charters are customized just for you. Whether you want to cruise slowly through the water, seek sand bars for some splashing fun, or watch the sun dip below the horizon, we’ll make your experience exactly what you want it to be!

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