• You'll never be far from the water in Jacksonville. Enjoy your favorite water sports and activities, or simply kick back and relax oceanside.
    Intracoastal Salt Marsh Waterways

    Fish, swim, or just relax by the ocean.

    You'll never be far from the water in Jacksonville. Enjoy your favorite water sports and activities, or simply kick back and relax oceanside.

  • Hit the beach in Jax with beachside accommodations. Check out our deals on hotels and lodging by the beach.
    22 Miles of Beaches

    It's always beach season in Jacksonville!

    Hit the beach in Jax with beachside accommodations. Check out our deals on hotels and lodging by the beach. Learn More

  • Sponge based corals in an array of colors, frog fish, turtles and more than 20 dive sites await you in Jax.
    Pictured: Joe Kistel, TISIRI

    Discover what's under the sea in Jax!

    Sponge based corals in an array of colors, frog fish, turtles and more than 20 dive sites await you in Jax. Learn More


Water Activities and Beaches

If you love being near the water, you will love Jacksonville.

Jacksonville is a natural water wonderland. From the majestic St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean, to the Intracoastal Waterway, marshes, and lakes—there is a way for everyone to enjoy the water in Jacksonville.

Water Activities In Jacksonville

Wind down the day with a romantic sunset overlooking the ocean or Intracoastal or take a sunset cruise on the The St. Johns River Taxi...they do eco tours too! 

Dock your Boat and Dine Along the Water in Jacksonville

Jacksonville is one of few destinations in Florida that travelers can sail up on their boats, dock and dine at a variety of excellent restaurants. What’s not to love? Notable, dockside eateries are all the buzz, specializing in daily, fresh-caught seafood, and the added perk of live music, full bars and truly infectious, laid-back vibes are here to stay. This dock and dine situation is incredibly unique (you can bet you’ll find the freshest Mayport shrimp here, too!), with ocean breezes and unbeatable waterfront views, so get thyself on a boat for this “only in Jacksonville” experience. See the full ist of dockside eateries here.


In The Water Activities 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.


  • Paddleboarding

    Paddleboarding in Jacksonville

    You may see locals out on our waterways partaking in Stand Up Paddleboarding (or SUP for short), we want you to try your hand at this fun sport too! There’s no better way to get in your daily workout than on the water taking in the beauty of Jacksonville’s waterways.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Boating

    Boating

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


  • 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.




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Jax Ale Trail

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Jax Heritage Trail

Tour Jacksonville's African American Heritage Trail. Come explore how our African-American Community has shaped Jacksonville's history with over 15 different self-guided tours available to you! Experience famous locations and points of interest at your own pace.

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