Historic Mayport

Port Canaveral offers a number of fun and exciting attractions

Mayport Village dates back to 1562 when Jean Lafitte discovered this area. Mayport has served numerous purposes since that time but it is first and foremost a fishing village that was settled by Minorcan immigrants. In its heyday, it had a population of 700-800 people.

Because of its remote location, the river and nearby railroad provided the only access to the village until the 1930's. The U.S. Navy built the Mayport Navy Base during World War II. Later, Florida A1A connected Atlantic Blvd. (US10) with the Village via Mayport Rd. The St. Johns River Ferry began providing access to North Jacksonville, the northern portion of the Timucuan Preserve and Fernandina in 1950.

The Village was designated by The State of Florida as a "Waterfront Florida" community in 1997.

Mayport Village remains a somewhat isolated enclave of unique historical and cultural importance to the area. When the Village prospered as both a tourism center and fishing village, it's hotels and guest facilities were beautifully constructed and detailed. One of these relics, the King House, survives and is known locally as "the ghost house."

Mayport Village still shelters a picturesque fishing fleet, a fish processing plant, a Coast Guard station, two restaurants, and the ghosts of its fabled history.

The nearby Hanna Park has many activities including, fishing, kayaking, paddle boating, and canoeing. Lakeside picnic tables and grills are also available as well as scenic trails that surround the lake. In addition, a water playground is provided for small children. The park is also well known for their bike trails for beginners to the advanced cyclist.

Only miles from Mayport, you can find the Jacksonville Beach area along Florida’s First Coast. Here you can find great shopping, golfing, a wonderful nightlife and many different dining options. The Jacksonville Beach Pier offers great fishing and is a site everyone should see. You don’t want to miss the beautiful beaches of Jacksonville!

You can also check out Adventure Landing which has go-carts, waterslides and laser tag. If you want to relax, you can check out The Sea Walk Pavilion which shows movies and holds concerts.

 

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