Soak Up the Sun in Jacksonville, Florida this Summer

Cool off in, on or around the water in the perfect summer destination

JACKSONVILLE, FL May 3, 2021— With more than 1,100 miles of navigable water, a summer vacation in Jacksonville, Florida is an easy choice. Vacationers can beat the Florida heat by jumping into Jacksonville’s extensive waterways and ocean waves that span 22 miles of the Atlantic coastline, the St. Johns River and more than 40 miles of Intercoastal waterway. Home to the Largest Urban Park System in the nation, Jacksonville also has plenty of parks for visitors to picnic in, explore nature and enjoy waterfront access and activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking and more.

Paddle your way through Jax

Explore miles of salt marsh and rivers winding through Northeast Florida. Visitors can rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board and set out on the ocean, river or one of the city’s many creeks.

  • Guided tours take visitors to the must-see spots and point out the area’s beautiful wildlife and vegetation. Eco-tours offer ample opportunity to see Northeast Florida’s natural wildlife and experience it in a low-impact way.
  • Self-Guided Rentals are also available for visitors to take off exploring all the best routes in Jax, check out these paddling guides to navigate the waters.

“Namaste” on the water

Jacksonville’s waterways present visitors with a variety of experiences to get out of the water and feel rejuvenated.

  • Visitors can make the SUP their yoga mat with SUPY (Stand-Up Paddle Board Yoga), yoga class offered through Kayak Amelia while floating on the water.
  • Kayak Amelia also holds Kayak Yoga classes, where visitors can paddle to a sandy beach and enjoy a yoga class among nature.
  • Jax’s boating and sailing options make getting on the water easier than ever with more than 50 boat ramps around the city. Visitors can charter a boat or bring their own for a relaxing day on the water.
  • St Johns River Taxi takes visitors on a scenic ride around Downtown on a Sunset or Dolphin tour on Thursdays through Sundays.

The surf is always up in Jacksonville

Jacksonville has a close-knit surfing community, and the surf is one of the most underrated in the region. With wide-stretching beaches and soft sandy ocean floors, surfers of any skill level can catch a wave with plenty of space to ride and room to learn, making Jacksonville’s beaches the ideal spot to learn to surf on Florida’s east coast.

  • Jax Surf and Paddle offers surfing lessons for beginners with local instructors who will have newbies riding their first wave within an hour.
  • More experienced surfers can hit the top spots around town including “The Poles” near Mayport and the Jax Beach Pier to catch the best waves.
  • Surfer the Bar, a two-story bar and surf shop in Jacksonville Beach offers visitors another surfer experience. The bar brings to life SURFER Magazine, the “bible of the sport” for over 50 years.

Jacksonville is the largest city by landmass in the US and boasts more shoreline than any other destination in Florida, and yet remains one of the best kept secrets for those looking to travel to the Sunshine State. Less touristy, more relaxed and more affordable, Jacksonville offers plenty of water adventures to escape the summer heat. Start planning your waterfront Summer vacation in Jacksonville, Florida today at


About Visit Jacksonville

Visit Jacksonville is a Destination Marketing Organization accredited by Destinations International and contracted by the Duval County Tourist Development Council (TDC) since 1996 to champion the growth of leisure and business tourism in Jacksonville.

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