The Intracoastal Waterway is a 3,000-mile waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States. Some lengths consist of natural inlets, salt-water rivers, bays and sounds. In Jacksonville, the Intracoastal connects the paralleled Atlantic and Beach traffic directly to the beach area where one can choose which beach to visit: Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach or Atlantic Beach.
This distinctive waterway is bordered by an expanse of pristine, protected salt marsh, swamp and pine island communities. Four nature preserves are found along its path: Atlantic Beach’s Dutton Island Preserve, Tideview Preserve, Jacksonville’s Castaway Island Preserve and Jacksonville Beach’s Cradle Creek Preserve. A daily view off of Butler Blvd., North of Beach Blvd., would portray many boats throughout the marsh and a few kayakers sprinkled about.
Jacksonville is also home to the Mayport Naval Station which is immediately East of the Intracoastal off of Atlantic Blvd. It contains a protected harbor that can accommodate aircraft carrier-size vessels and has one paved runway for planes. Undoubtedly, housing becomes a premium with all of the families of the military in this area. Properties under management in this area consists of many apartment complexes and small single family starter housing. Along the water, one can find larger newer communities with houses demanding upwards to a million plus in home sales. This area has a large mix of retail and residential mixed in. There are many places to shop and your dining choices are endless. It is less than a 15 minute commute to the Jax Beach community which makes Mayport a most desired location.