JaxBest winners guide: The spots that make Jacksonville shine


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Showcasing the best that Jacksonville has to offer, JaxBest is a voter-centric guide to all of the local things that make our city unique.

Here’s a look at the winners so far this year.

Want to see all the winners from last year? Click here.

Round 1 winners

Jacksonville’s best animal attraction: St. Augustine Wild Reserve

Runners up:

2) Celestial Farms 3) Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Jacksonville’s best brewery: SJ Brewing Company

Runners up:

2) Wicked Barley Brewing Company 3) Legacy Ale Works

Jacksonville’s best coffee shop: That Coffee Chic

Runners up:

2) Java Game Haus Café 3) Maple Street Biscuit

Jacksonville’s best dog park: BrewHound Dog Park + Bar

Runners up:

2) Dogwood Park of Jacksonville 3) Julington Creek Animal Walk

Jacksonville’s best fishing charter: Team Buck Rogers

Runners up:

2) River City Charters 3) The Legend Fishing Adventures

Jacksonville’s best golf course: Jacksonville Golf & Country Club

Runners up:

2) Cimarrone Golf Club 3) Jacksonville Beach Golf Club

Jacksonville’s best public art: Spiritualized Life, Memorial Park Riverside

Runners up:

2) Jax Beach Whales 3) Guido Van Helten: “Unity”

Jacksonville’s best surf spot: Hanna Park – Mayport Poles

Runners up:

2) Blow Hole Anastasia Beach St. Augustine 3) Huguenot Park

Jacksonville’s best local trail: Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens

Runners up:

2) Black Creek Park and Trail 3) Spanish Pond Trailhead

Jacksonville’s best water sports rentals: Amelia Island Kayak Excursions

Runners up:

2) Riptide Beach Services and Tours 3) Amelia Island Adventures Kayaking

Round 2 winners

Jacksonville’s best family-friendly park: Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park

Runners up:

2) Ed Austin Regional Park 3) South Beach Park & Sunshine Playground

Jacksonville’s best live music: Blue Jay Listening Room

Runners up:

2) Florida Theatre 3) Iggy’s Bar and Grill

Jacksonville’s best place to dock and dine: Whitey’s Fish Camp

Runners up:

2) Palm Valley Outdoors Bar & Grill 3) Palm’s Fish Camp

Jacksonville’s best sports bar to watch Jaguars play: Big Dawgs Sports Restaurant

Runners up:

2) The Brix Taphouse 3) Mudville Grille

Jacksonville’s best sunset view: Sunset Tiki Bar, Doctors Lake Marina

Runners up:

2) Palms Fish Camp 3) Cap’s on the Water

Jacksonville’s best tacos: Taco Lu

Runners up:

2) El Agave Azul 3) Casa Leon Mexican Restaurant

Round 3 winners

Jacksonville’s best vegan restaurant: TeaPosh Natural Café

Runners up:

2) Murray Hillbilly 3) KraVegan

Jacksonville’s best sandbar: Pineapple Point

Runners up:

2) Bayard Point Sandbar 3) Fort George Island Sandbar

Jacksonville’s best kayak and paddleboard launch site: Dutton Island Park & Preserve

Runners up:

2) Nocatee Kayak Launch 3) Camp Chowenwaw Park Launch

Jacksonville’s best restaurant for Mayport shrimp: Sandollar Restaurant

Runners up:

2) Shrimply Delicious 3) Palms Fish Camp

Jacksonville’s best farmers market: Orange Park Farmers Market

Runners up:

2) Jacksonville Farmers Market 3) Riverside Arts Market

Jacksonville’s best historic neighborhood: Murray Hill

Runners up:

2) Historic Springfield 3) Riverside/Avondale

Round 4 winners

Jacksonville’s best Oktoberfest: German Schnitzel Haus

Runners up:

2) Five Points Oktoberfest 3) Wicked Barley Oktoberfest

Jacksonville’s best bait shop: Steve’s Tackle Box

Runners up:

2) Black Creek Marina 3) Arlington Bait & Tackle

Jacksonville’s best sweet shop: Southern Dessert Plate

Runners up:

2) Funnel Cake Queen 3) Cupcake Fifty Etc.

Jacksonville’s best history museum: Mandarin Museum & Historical Society

Runners up:

2) Beaches Museum & History Park 3) Durkeeville Historical Society

Jacksonville’s best haunted house: CUI Holler–ween Fest

Runners up:

2) 13th Floor Haunted House 3) Haunt Nights at Adventure Landing

Jacksonville’s best boutique: Classic Maven

Runners up:

2) Simply Ke’say Boutique 3) Market Street Boutique

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