• Relax, bike, swim, and find your paradise just minutes from downtown. Find out more about the beach communities in Jax.
    22 miles of Beaches

    White sand beaches are waiting for you.

    Relax, bike, swim, and find your paradise just minutes from downtown. Find out more about the beach communities in Jax. Learn More

  • Jacksonville has great hotel deals available! Start planning your beach vacation.
    Family-Friendly Beaches

    Find beachside accommodations.

    Jacksonville has great hotel deals available! Start planning your beach vacation. Learn More

  • Take a stand-up paddleboard or surf lesson at Jacksonville's beaches.
    Stand-Up Paddleboarding

    Jump right in, the water's warm!

    Take a stand-up paddleboard or surf lesson at Jacksonville's beaches. Learn More

  • Escape from the everyday and rekindle your romance with a trip to Jacksonville's beautiful beaches.
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    Get away from it all, just the two of you!

    Escape from the everyday and rekindle your romance with a trip to Jacksonville's beautiful beaches. Learn More


Jacksonville's Beaches & Waterways

With 1,100 miles of navigable water, Jax has more shoreline than any other city in the nation.

 We are home to 22 miles of beaches, 40 miles of the Intracoastal Waterway, 50 public boat ramps, and the longest stretch of the St. Johns River in the state of Florida. Jacksonville is the birthplace of the Salt Life movement and Florida’s best watersports getaway!

22 Miles of Beaches

These are not your grandparents’ beaches. Come surf, kayak, paddleboard, swim, dive, boat, fish and explore Jacksonville’s unique coastal shores. The city’s main beaches are Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Mayport Beach and Atlantic Beach. They are public, and pet friendly, plus they are home to surf shops, fresh seafood restaurants, quaint beach boutiques, and parks like Hanna Park and Dutton Island Preserve. In the city’s Northside, unspoiled barrier islands offer must-see beaches like Blackrock Beach, Boneyard Beach, Little Talbot Island, and Huguenot Park. All accessible by taking a short ferry ride from the beaches or driving down the picturesque Heckscher Drive from Downtown. Jacksonville also has a very active diving scene, with more than 30 offshore reefs off our Atlantic coast.

The St. Johns River

This mighty Florida river is one of the largest recreational sports in Jacksonville. The St. Johns’ is one of fewer than 30 rivers in the United States that flow northward. Most of the river in our area is part seawater, making it a unique ecosystem where dolphins, manatees and even sharks swim freely. The St. Johns River is ideal for boating and fishing, with fish such as mullet, flounder, shad, and blue crabs migrating from the ocean to freshwater springs upriver to spawn. In Downtown Jacksonville, the river provides tons of attractions opportunities including the Riverwalk, and sporting events like the P1 Powerboats and kayaking excursions. There are dozens of public water access ramps along the St. Johns River.

The Intracoastal Waterways

This natural body of water flows along the East Coast and divides Jacksonville’s Southside from the beaches area. Fisherman and boating enthusiast enjoy the more than 20 miles of ICW’s canals, marshes and channels in Jacksonville every day. Public access ramps make it easier to enjoy a paddleboard adventure, or a leisure kayak trip. The mouths of the larger creeks on the ICW are where the fish run hard. Spotted seatrout, flounder, black drum and redfish call this brackish tributary home.


In The Beaches & Waterways Section

  • Fishing

    Fishing in Jacksonville

    Drop a line at one of Jacksonville’s premier fresh or saltwater fishing spots. Take a ride with a deep sea or backwater fishing expert or enjoy convenient fishing access from the many piers, jetties, and bridges throughout Jacksonville.


  • Kayaking

    Kayaking in Jacksonville

    Ocean, river, and creek kayaking are the best ways to see Jacksonville and its abundant wildlife. Choose from a variety of kayak tours, including romantic moonlight trips, urban excursions, or guided eco-tours of Jax's waterways.


  • Diving & Reefs

    Diving & Reefs

    It’s probably not the first thing you think about when you think about Jacksonville, but it should be because our extensive reef system makes us one of the best diving spots on Florida’s East Coast.


  • Paddleboarding

    Paddleboarding in Jacksonville

    We want you to try your hand and paddle at this fun sport! There’s no better way to get in your daily workout than on the water taking in the beauty of Jacksonville’s waterways on a SUP.


  • Surfing

    Surfing in Jacksonville

    Surf's up! Jacksonville is the perfect place to try surfing. Take a lesson on a long board or watch the locals catch waves at Jacksonville Beach Pier or slide across the break on skim boards in Atlantic Beach.


  • Boating

    Boating

    Boating is in our DNA, learn more about all the places to put your boat in the water in Jacksonville.


  • Cruising out of Jacksonville

    Cruising out of Jacksonville

    Cruise out of Jacksonville aboard the Carnival Fascination on a four or five day cruise to the Bahamas and Key West.




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