The site’s recommendations for Jacksonville: Bold Bean for coffee, St. Johns Town Center for “some nice outdoor lounge space and free WiFi,” the Florida Theatre for a show and some nightlife at Birdie’s, a bar in Riverside’s Five Points neighborhood. Lots of gyms and free parking were other pluses.

A certain subset of internet users is obsessed with the chill, carefree vibe of the #VanLife crowd, those savvy social-media influencers who travel in funky vans and seem to spend all year looking gorgeous while surfing, hiking, biking, eating and drinking in a variety of hospitable, picturesque spots.

Spots such as Jacksonville?

Believe it, says Livability.com, a website that’s put Jacksonville number four on their list of “7 Best Cities to Live That #VanLife."

It ranked cities, not small towns and wilderness areas, and looked at “cool, fun places” with “a relatively mild climate, convenient camping and overnight parking spots, coffee shops and libraries for good internet connectivity and at least one of those big gyms with the great, cheap membership plans for travelers.”

After all, #VanLifers need connectivity to make sure all their envious online followers can see how much fun they're having. And they need gyms, because a popular #VanLifer cannot simply be ordinary looking.

The site’s recommendations for Jacksonville: Bold Bean for coffee, St. Johns Town Center for “some nice outdoor lounge space and free WiFi,” the Florida Theatre for a show and some nightlife at Birdie’s, a bar in Riverside’s Five Points neighborhood. Lots of gyms and free parking were other pluses.

As for camping — where #VanLife practitioners take and share their daily pictures of tousle-headed mornings in the van and perfect sunsets on the trail — Livability recommended Little Talbot Island State Park and its “shady sites and miles of barrier island beaches.”

On the #VanLife list, Jacksonville placed behind Charlotte (at No. 1), Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Salinas, Calif., and ahead of Greeley, Colo., St. Louis, Mo., and Fort Smith, Ark.

Jacksonville, by the way, also made it to 94 on Livability’s list of this years’ “100 Best Places to Live.” It earned that spot on the strength of lots of jobs, miles of beaches and its chicken biscuits, among other things.

Matt Soergel: (904) 359-4082