Mickler’s Beach near Jacksonville, Florida is a short drive from I-95 making it the perfect spot to stretch your legs on your next road trip. It’s also the only beach in Ponte Verda that offers free parking, making it a popular destination for those looking for free beach access.
I recently drove from my home in Ohio to Orlando for a conference with my daughter and two of her teenage friends. Our long road trip was plagued with rain and cloudy skies pretty much from the beginning and though we had expected the skies to clear up in Florida, they never really did until we were heading home and about to cross the state line into Georgia.
When the skies cleared just south of Jacksonville, I knew I had to take the opportunity to visit a beach- any beach- before leaving the state so when I spotted a sign for Ponte Vedra Beach along the interstate, I decided to follow it. We followed the signs to the end of Ponte Vedra Blvd. and then continued across the street when we caught a glimpse of a beach sign.
When we pulled into the parking lot we could hear the beach and I swear my heart started to beat a little faster. I don’t know what it is about the shoreline, but I love to be near it.
As we pulled into the large parking area, I noticed the clean restrooms, outdoor showers and recycling containers- which was a plus since I’d had no idea where I would wind up when I began to follow that sign along the highway. I also saw signs that share information about threatened and endangered species sometimes found or spotted on the beach as well as placards that pointed out other wildlife that you can expect to see at different times of the year while enjoying the beach, accompanied by warnings of the strong current and riptide that is common along the Atlantic Coast.
The wooden walkway leading to the beach is handicap accessible and makes for a quick, easy jaunt to the beach. Along the walkway, you’ll see signs alerting you to a horse trail that follows the beach so you may want to watch your step.
We couldn’t have picked a better time to stop at the beach. We arrived right before sunset and saw people beach combing, surfing, fishing, jogging and flying remote control planes over the water. It was clear that this is a family friendly beach and one I’d return to over again if we lived near the area.
The beach was littered with shells and I’m told Shark’s Teeth are plentiful, though I was disappointed not to find any. I did leave with my pockets full of sea shells.
The beach is lined with gorgeous million dollar homes instead of high rise hotels and bars, which I also thought was nice.
Mickler’s Beach is easily one of the nicest beaches that I’ve been to and one that I hope to revisit next time I find myself on a road trip to Florida.
Want to visit Mickler’s Beach? No need to follow the road signs like I did. You ‘ll find the beach at 1109½ Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra.
Do you love the beach? Where is your favorite beach?
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