Jacksonville is the largest city in the U.S. state of Florida by population and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. It is the county seat of Duval County, with which the city government consolidated in 1968. Consolidation gave Jacksonville its great size and placed most of its metropolitan population within the city limits. With an estimated population in 2011 of 827,908, it is the most populous city proper in Florida and the Southeast, and the eleventh most populous in the United States. Jacksonville is the principal city in the Jacksonville metropolitan area, with a population of 1,345,596 in 2010.
Jacksonville is in the First Coast region of Northeast Florida and is centered on the banks of the St. Johns River, about 25 miles (40 km) south of the Georgia state line and about 340 miles (547 km) north of Miami.
The Jacksonville Beaches communities are along the adjacent Atlantic Coast. The area was originally inhabited by the Timucua people, and in 1564 was the site of the French colony of Fort Caroline, one of the earliest European settlements in what is now the continental United States. Under British rule, settlement grew at the narrow point in the river where cattle crossed, known as Wacca Pilatkato the Seminole and Cowford to the British. A platted town was established there in 1822, a year after the United States gained Florida from Spain. It was named after Andrew Jackson, the first military governor Florida Territory and seventh President of the United States.
Harbor improvements since the late 19th century have made Jacksonville a major military and civilian deep-water port. Its riverine location facilitates two U.S. Navy bases and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida’s third largest seaport. Significant factors in the local economy include services such as banking, insurance, healthcare and logistics. As with much of Florida, tourism Jacksonville area, particularly tourism related to golf is a thriving industry. In 2010, Jacksonville was listed as a “high sufficiency” world city in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory. It ranks alongside cities such as Liverpool and Las Vegas.
Mayport is known by everyone as where the Mayport Naval Station is located. Mayport is home to a busy seaport as well as an air facility and is one of three major Navy installations in the Jacksonville, Florida area. It is home to over 50 tenant commands and private organizations and often has over a dozen ships berthed in the Mayport basin at any given time.
Mayport is a quiet historic village dating all the way back to the mid 1800’s. Water surrounds its banks and there’s no surprise why sun bathing and fishing are a number #1 pastime in this area. Properties managed in this historic quaint village of Mayport range from mostly apartments to small single family started homes and condos. Most of which is rented by navy personnel. Mayport is also home to.
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
5000 Wonderwood Drive
It offers biking, hiking and now a water play park for the kids on Saturday and Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day! If you like it, stay for a while. Hanna Park is equipped with rentable camping sites that offer some of the most spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. While there, you can kayak, fish, paddleboat, canoe, swim, mountain bike or surf. “Pole 1” is deemed some of North Florida’s best 1 mile of Beach for surfers all around and it’s right here in Hanna Park. Mayport is also home to the Mayport Lighthouse. Located next to the Mayport Naval Station, it served as a welcoming beacon from 1859 to 1929. The lighthouse is currently located on the Navy Base and is not open to the public, but may be viewed from the village of Mayport. Mayport also is home to a few casino boats that draw thousands of people daily to this area. Many of which get to Mayport by the use of the St. Johns River Ferry. The trip to and from the Northside/Mayport area will run you about $7 on average for a car with two people. It runs about every thirty minutes and is a pleasant ride to enjoy. The kids all get a kick out of walking around on the boat too …especially when they catch a glimpse of a dolphin or two.