That warm time of the year is slowly creeping up…And what does it mean? It means we are ready to take advantage of Jacksonville’s beautiful water and get in action! If you love water activities, then you are certainly in the right place.
All Wet Sports
All Wet Sports is where it’s at if you are trying to get a bang for your buck. With plenty of Groupon offers out there and very scenic waterways, All Wet Sports delivers a memorable trip out on the water.
“We are the only paddleboard shop right on the creek, where you can really test it out with current and all that fun stuff,” said owner Andy Fraden.
If you are wondering whether or not to give paddleboarding a try, Andy recommends it for the experience. “If you’re ever in a kayak and then you hop on a paddleboard, in clear water…it’s amazing. You can see everything.”
Plus, as an added perk, All Wet Sports has the most expensive inflatable paddleboard in the country! “Come out and try it,” Fraden encourages. (All Wet Sports // 8550 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216)
There is certainly no shortage of surf shops in Jax Beach! Another great one to try out is Aqua East.
“Aqua East has been family owned and operated for 47 years. We pride ourselves on customer service, which we feel sets us apart,” says manager Mike Singletary. “Surfing is great because it combines physical activity with being in tune with the ocean, all while giving you an ultimate adrenaline rush. It can take a bad day and make it so much better.”
So if you feel you are in need of a good day out on the ocean water, you might want to consider buying a board at Aqua East! “Stop by and talk to one of our team members to get information on what size board would be best for you.” They are always willing to help you out! (Aqua East // 696 Atlantic Blvd, Neptune Beach, FL 32266)
Sunrise Surf Shop
Sunrise is a popular go-to surf and skate shop, great for when you’re looking to shred some waves. “Surfing is the best sport in the world! It’s a great way to take your mind off of things.” says Colin Brooks, Head of Digital Marketing for Sunrise.
So if you are one of those folks who wants to give it a try or needs some new supplies, head to Sunrise. Colin’s biggest tip for those who want to take up surfing: “Number one: Make sure you get the right equipment. I think it’s important, too, to make sure you’re with someone who knows what they’re doing. Baby steps…It doesn’t happen overnight.” (Sunrise Surf Shop // 834 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250)
Jacksonville Boat Club
Family-owned and operated, the Jacksonville Boat Club is a great way to have the most fun in the Jax waterways.
“Variety is the spice of life and no two boats in our fleet are the same. Members can choose from a 16 foot center console all the way up to 35 ft. express yachts, for fishing, cruising, watersports or just enjoying a day on the water with family and friends. You can even stay overnight on our bigger boats! We also include all of the water toys as part of the membership…tubes, wakeboards, skis, and all the fun stuff,” says membership director Kent Kozimor. (Jacksonville Boat Club // 14603 Beach Blvd #3100, Jacksonville, FL 32250)
North Florida Fishing Charters
Who wants to take an adventure through the bays, islands, creeks, and waterways of Jacksonville?
“North Florida Fishing Charters offers an awesome fishing adventure within the saltwater marsh estuaries in northeast Florida,” said Captain Ron.
If you are really looking to catch some fish and need some help, “one of the easiest ways to learn and become a better angler is to hire a guide. That way you will have a greater understanding of fishing techniques, tackle, tides and how they relate to each individual species.”
Plus, you may even get a chance to see river otters, manatees, dolphins, eagles, and more! (North Florida Fishing Charters // 903 3rd St, Neptune Beach, FL 32266)
With plenty of waterways across Jacksonville, simply take your pick on which activity you would like to do!