Long and tiring daily commutes are a thing of the past for many – the COVID-19 situation in 2020 proved we could work from anywhere and pushed companies to welcome flexible work arrangements moving forward. An Upwork study revealed that 36.2 million Americans will be working remotely by 2025 – an 87 percent jump from before the pandemic and will account for roughly 23 percent of employed Americans.
Are you from Jacksonville and ready to take on the digital nomad lifestyle? You’re in luck! An April 2021 study by Zillow and Yelp named Jacksonville as the number one destination in the U.S. for digital nomads. Low rent, averaging about $960 per month, is one of the biggest factors attracting remote workers from all over the country.
What’s more, the city has many unique locations you can work from with all the amenities you need. Here are our top picks for the best spots in Jacksonville to work away from home:
25 N. Market St., Jacksonville, FL
Expansive is conveniently located in Jacksonville’s downtown area in the historic Groover-Stewart Building built in 1925. However, this coworking space is anything but old – it is the epitome of modern shared spaces and chic offices.
Expansive’s amenities include lounge areas, conference rooms, private phone booths, bike spaces and even a special room for working mothers. It reinvented coworking spaces and offers “workspace communities where you and your company can thrive.” Memberships start at $219 a month.
Jacksonville Public Library (Main)
303 N Laura St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
If you’re looking for something quiet and expansive, there’s no better place than the Jacksonville Public Library Main Library. While there are 21 locations throughout Duval County, the Main Library ideally sits right at the city center. If ample desk space, high-speed WiFi and printing terminals suit your needs, call (904) 255-BOOK (2665) to ensure the library can accommodate you. You can also reserve private meeting rooms, completely free of charge.
Southern Roots Filling Station
1275 King St, Jacksonville, FL 32204
This list wouldn’t be complete without a cafe. But this isn’t any ordinary coffee shop – Southern Roots Filling Station is “Jacksonville’s favorite vegan cafe.”
It’s an excellent spot for digital nomads who value healthy and sustainable lifestyles. Southern Roots welcomes refillable containers to place your artisan coffee in and sells package-free food essentials you can buy in bulk. It also serves sandwiches, bagels and donuts that are vegan, freshly baked and gluten-free.
Visit Southern Roots from Tuesday to Friday, beginning at 7 am, and Saturday to Sunday starting at 9 am.
Little Joe’s Cafe By Akel’s
245 Riverside Ave. #195 Jacksonville, Florida 32202
One of the best things Jacksonville has to offer is waterside living. And there’s no better way to experience it than stopping by Little Joe’s Cafe By Akel’s and admiring St. Johns River from your seat.
As you might have guessed, it’s right by Akel’s Delicatessen (basically a Jacksonville landmark), where you can enjoy premium sandwiches and subs at affordable prices. The cafe inspires you to “come in and be creative” as you enjoy the gorgeous river view. Little Joe’s Cafe is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 3 pm.
Social Grounds Coffee Company
1712 N Main Street Jacksonville, FL 32206
What if you could hang out somewhere and support positive social impact while working? Social Grounds Coffee makes it entirely possible. This veteran-owned and operated coffee shop works with the City of Jacksonville Service providers to provide jobs for and empower homeless veterans.
Whenever you buy a cup of coffee or purchase a coffee subscription, you’re doing something good for the community. Have meaningful workdays at Social Grounds Coffee from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm every day, except Sundays (8 am to 2 pm).
Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant
691 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250
We deserve to experience the finer things in life sometimes. Spending your workday in a hotel sounds like a dream, but the historic Casa Marina Hotel takes it to a whole new level with picturesque ocean views. Built in 1925, this hotel is a member property of Historic Hotels of America and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Experience “timeless quality” and genuine hospitality at their Penthouse Lounge from Monday to Thursday, starting at 3 pm to 12 am. You can grab a mimosa as you get through the day’s tasks or stay a night at this world-class beachfront property.
Finding the perfect remote work HQ in Jacksonville
Jacksonville is in the top 10 cities for remote workers (Finance Buzz) for being one of the most affordable places close to the beach and having pleasant year-round weather conditions.
Many are saying “the great reshuffling” is happening where permanent work-from-home arrangements are becoming normal and people relocate left and right to break away from the typical office work setting.
If you’d like some guidance on adapting your business to these trends and staying relevant to your target audience online, Thrive Internet Marketing Agency has digital marketing experts in Jacksonville you can get in touch with. Schedule a consultation or call us at 866-908-4748.