Gorgeous, Uncrowded Beaches

Welcome to Our "Secret" Florida!

Many people have come to recognize Northeast Florida as a treasured jewel, somewhat of a well-kept secret.  Much unlike the more populated and over-touristed areas of Florida, Northeast Florida offers uncrowded pristine white beaches, a temperate climate, cultural and ecological activities well suited for those who enjoy a slower pace and a "community-feel" rather than a fast-paced and overly commercial "commodity-feel".   The Northeast Florida area is referred to locally as Florida's First Coast, since it was the first area discovered by Europeans during the 1500"s - being the "First Coast" that became settled and remained as a permanent settlement ever since. Northeast Florida's First Coast is comprised of Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Nassau, Baker, Putnam and Flagler Counties.

What's to love?  The Weather, Golfing, the Beaches, Kayaking, Hiking, Boating - just to name a few things!

If water sports are more to your tastes, you will find our waters to be friendly!  The St. Johns River, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean are all in our backyard!  Fishing is the first love of many who call Northeast Florida home, from fresh water fishing on the banks of one of our many waterways, or by boat if deep sea fishing is the game you seek, access to these venues is quick and easy.  Of course you can always choose pier or surf fishing, the choices are plentiful!

 Think Florida is "too hot"?  Northeast Florida enjoys seasonal temperature changes that other parts of the state can only wish for.  Current Weather Conditions

  • The average high temperature in Northeast Florida ranges from the mid 60"s Farenheit during the winter months, to around 90 degrees Farenheit in the summer months. 
  • Rainfall averages from around 2.40" inches per month in the winter months, to an estimated average of 7.25" during the month of September. 

 Cities in the Northeast Florida area, include:

  • Jacksonville - the largest geographical city in the continental United States (although you would not "feel" this because the population of roughly 1.1 million is nicely disbursed).  Jacksonville is located in Duval County, and has a consolidated city/county government.  The Port of Jacksonville  is an international trade seaport supporting 65,000 jobs across the region and generates an estimated $19 billion in annual economic impact.  The Port of Jacksonville is one of the largest international trade seaports in Florida and the U. S.
  • Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach - Amelia Island's resort areas and Fernandina Beaches charming historical district and Victorian homes will draw you into relaxing days gone by.  Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach are located in Nassau County. 
  • St. Augustine - Deemed the nation's "Oldest City", the Spanish influence has remained in this town since Spanish explorer and treasure hunter Don Juan Ponce de Leon discovered this "Land of Flowers" on Easter Sunday, March 27, 1513.  He named this new land "Florida", Spanish for "Land of Flowers". St. Augustine is located in St. Johns County. 
  • Ponte Vedra Beach - this seaside community boasts world-class golf and luxury living, all tucked in a gorgeous tree canopy that gives you that old Florida southern hospitality feeling everywhere you look. 
  • The Jacksonville Beaches - the beach communities of Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach offer residential relaxation and all of the comforts and activities to support the beachside communities.  While hotels and inns offer the out of towner all the charm of Southern hospitality at the beach, you will not feel overrun by tourists or commerical attractions.  Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach are located in Duval County. 
  • Orange Park - The new communities of Oakleaf, Fleming Island and Eagle Harbor are located in Clay County, and are located either within the city of or in the vicinity of Orange Park.  Located on the southwestern corner of the Northeast Florida area, these communities
  • Palm Coast - The First Coast's most southern community,
  • Middleburg, Green Cove Springs, Switzerland, Fruit Cove, Vilano Beach, Mayport, Baldwin, Callahan, Yulee, Hilliard and MacKlenny are a few of the more rural areas in Northeast Florida.  For additional information in these communities, contact Missi with specific information desired.

For more information about living, working or investing in Northeast Florida, click Here

Links for other local community information:

City of Jacksonville Crime Maps

City of Jacksonville Zoning Maps

City of Jacksonville/Duval County Government          Clay County Government
St. Johns County Government                               Flagler County Government

Jacksonville Zoo:  Hours of family fun!  Visit outstanding animal exhibits including Wild Florida, Range of the Jaguar, South Africa, Austrailia and more, exquisite garden exhibits including the Asian Gardens, Savannah Blooms and the Butterly Gardens.  Kids can find plenty of action in the Play Park and on the train!

Florida State Parks:  Love the outdoors?  Florida's state parks give the outdoor enthusiast a wide range of activities from hiking, fishing and golfing to snorkeling and diving. 

Northeast Florida Events and Happenings - find out what is going on in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Orange Park, Palm Coast and surrounding communities.

    Northeast Florida State Parks  


Florida National Parks

Current Weather Conditions for Northeast Florida

Public Primary and Secondary School Information:

Duval County

St. Johns County

Nassau County

Clay County

Putnam County

Baker County

Flagler County

Universities and Colleges:

University of North Florida

Jacksonville University

Florida State College of Jacksonville

St. Johns River Community College

Flagler College

Edward Waters College

Jones College

Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous wastes cannot be collected curbside with regular trash. Residents may bring these items to one of the scheduled mobile collection events or they may take items to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility located at 2675 Commonwealth Ave. The HHW Facility is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Types of waste which may be brought to one of the mobile events or to the HHW Facility include:

  • Paint, varnish or shellac
  • Paint thinners and paint strippers
  • Rechargeable, automobile or lead acid batteries
  • Thermometers and thermostats
  • Drain cleaners
  • Pool, automobile, cleaning, lawn, garden and photographic chemicals
  • Aerosol cans
  • Antifreeze
  • Fertilizer and pesticides
  • Acids
  • Gun powder, ammunition and fireworks
  • Fluorescent bulbs and tubes, including CFL light bulbs
  • 20-pound propane cylinders
  • Oil and oil filters
  • Gasoline, diesel and kerosene
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flares

For more information or to arrange for special handling of unusual waste material, call (904) 630-CITY (2489) or visit www.coj.net, search keyword hazardous waste.


Residents are encouraged to utilize a mobile collection or the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located at 2675 Commonwealth Avenue, for recycling electronic wastes. The HHW Facility is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Types of waste which may be brought to one of the mobile events or to the HHW Facility include:

  • Televisions*
  • Computer monitors*
  • Computer terminals
  • CPUs
  • Keyboards
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Stereo equipment
  • Radios
  • VCRs
  • DVDs
  • Camcorders
  • Desk and mobile phones
  • Pagers
  • Power tools
  • Small kitchen appliances (i.e. microwaves, toaster ovens)
  • Health and beauty appliances

*There is a limit of 3 Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) and televisions per customer.


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