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Rent a Cobia Boats deck boat in Jacksonville, FL near me
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Jacksonville, FL

5.0 (98 bookings)

22ft Cobia, Great family/fishing/tubing boat 10ppl Capacity

4 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 10 passengers
Rent a Bayliner deck boat in Jacksonville, FL near me
Icon $50+ /hour

Jacksonville, FL

5.0 (56 bookings)

Bayliner Element M17

4 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 7 passengers
Rent a CHAPARRAL BOATS bow rider in Jacksonville Beach, FL near me
Icon $81+ /hour

Jacksonville Beach, FL

5.0 (37 bookings)

Jax/St. Augustine/Fernandina Chaparral SSI with Yamaha SHO 200

4 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 11 passengers
Rent a KEY WEST BOATS bow rider in Jacksonville, FL near me
$106+ /hour

Jacksonville, FL

5.0 (32 bookings)

Great boat with lots of space, can do anything

2 - 6 hours Captained
Up to 6 passengers
Rent a SEA HUNT BOATS center console in Jacksonville Beach, FL near me
$94+ /hour

Jacksonville Beach, FL

5.0 (51 bookings)

23ft Sea Hunt Ctr Console in Perfect Condition

4 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 8 passengers
Rent a YAMAHA jet boat in Jacksonville, FL near me
Icon $113+ /hour

Jacksonville, FL

4.9 (38 bookings)

Explore. Enjoy. Experience Yacht Life!

4 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 8 passengers
Rent a GLASTRON BOATS jet boat in Jacksonville, FL near me
Icon $69+ /hour

Jacksonville, FL

5.0 (9 bookings)

Unleash the Fun: Experience Thrills Like Never Before

4 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 8 passengers
Rent a Hurricane Boats deck boat in Jacksonville, FL near me
Icon $63+ /hour

Jacksonville, FL

5.0 (146 bookings)

23ft Hurricane Deck Boat Great Family/tubing/party boat

4 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a VERANDA pontoon in Fleming Island, FL near me
Icon $87+ /hour

Fleming Island, FL

5.0 (45 bookings)

'Flagship' Luxury Veranda VTX25RFL Tri-toon w/ Yamaha F250 SHO VMAX

4 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Sylvan Marine pontoon in Jacksonville, FL near me
Icon $74+ /hour

Jacksonville, FL

5.0 (71 bookings)

24ft Sylvan Tritoon 200hp of luxury and comfort+Tubing, 12ppl capacity

4 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a SEA-DOO pontoon in Jacksonville Beach, FL near me
Icon $59+ /hour

Jacksonville Beach, FL

4.7 (30 bookings)

Jax/St. Augustine/Fernandina SeaDoo Switch Cruise 21ft

4 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 9 passengers
Rent a YAMAHA center console in Jacksonville, FL near me
$138+ /hour

Jacksonville, FL

5.0 (4 bookings)

2021 Yamaha Sport Hybrid 25’ CC-Cruising, Fishing, Tubbing

4 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Monterey Boats bow rider in Jacksonville, FL near me
$94+ /hour

Jacksonville, FL

5.0 (68 bookings)

218SS Monterey boat for charter in Jacksonville!

4 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 8 passengers
Rent a Stingray Boats bow rider in Jacksonville, FL near me
$65+ /hour

Jacksonville, FL

5.0 (7 bookings)

19' Bowrider for rent in Jacksonville, FL!

2 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 6 passengers
Rent a BENNINGTON MARINE pontoon in Jacksonville, FL near me
$88+ /hour

Jacksonville, FL

5.0 (30 bookings)

2020 22 SSR Bennington Great party boat !!!!

4 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Sea Fox center console in Jacksonville Beach, FL near me
$138+ /hour

Jacksonville Beach, FL

5.0 (19 bookings)

Sea Fox 256 Commander

4 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 8 passengers
Rent a NAUTICSTAR BOATS center console in Jacksonville, FL near me
$100+ /hour

Jacksonville, FL

3.7 (3 bookings)

Explore Jacksonville on the River! And, if needed, a Fun Captain!

2 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a CAROLINA SKIFF center console in Jacksonville, FL near me
Icon $38+ /hour

Jacksonville, FL

5.0 (2 bookings)

15’ Carolina Skiff with Spot Lock Trolling Motor Add On

8 hours No captain
Up to 2 passengers

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Rent a Boat in Jacksonville

Located in Northern Florida just south of the Georgia border, Jacksonville sits just inland from the Atlantic ocean on the St. John’s River. Area waterways provide easy access to the Atlantic, Lake George, Doctor’s Lake, and the famed Intercoastal Waterway, while the city’s abundant launch ramps and marinas make Jacksonville, also known as “Jax,” a great place for sailing and power boating. 

Jacksonville features great fishing, with a wide variety of species both offshore in the deep waters of the Atlantic and inshore in the St John’s River and other area waterways as well as great snorkeling and diving, wakeboarding and tubing, kitesurfing, and much more. 

With more than 1,110 miles of interior shoreline, easy access to the Atlantic, and so many opportunities for aquatic adventures, it’s easy to see why Jacksonville is a great destination for boaters. 

What To Know

Jacksonville’s easy access to both inshore and offshore boating make a few different boat styles popular, which include – 

  • Pontoon boats, runabouts, bowriders, and deck boats are common options for inshore cruises, fishing, snorkeling, wakeboarding, and cruising the extensive area waterways.  

  • Jacksonville’s great offshore fishing makes center consoles and small cruisers popular boat rental options, although larger sportfishing boats and luxury yachts are also commonly seen on the ocean and river. 


Safety Requirements:

  • Boating License/Education Rules: Anyone born on or after January 1, 1988 who operates a vessel powered by 10 horsepower or more must pass an approved boater safety course and have in his/her possession photographic identification and a boating safety education identification card issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

  • Life Jacket Requirements: Children ages 6 and under must wear a personal floatation device (PFD).

  • Manatees are a frequent sight in the inland waterways such as the St. John’s River and ICW so remember to watch for these protected creatures, protection zones, and your speed when present.  

Visit the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to learn more. 


Where to dock your boat or meet your rental:

  • Metropolitan Park Marina

  • St. Johns Marina

  • Arlington Marina

  • Ortega River Marina

  • Seafarers Marina


Weather Conditions

Jacksonville has beautiful coastal weather all year long, with summer high’s in the 90s, although the area’s ocean breezes keep the heat from becoming oppressive. Jacksonville can also see more clouds and rain in the summer than other times of the year. 

Spring and fall seasons bring milder weather, while winter temps usually stay in the 50s and 60s. Winter temperatures can occasionally drop below freezing, although it doesn’t happen often or for too long. 

Since Jacksonville is not located directly on the coast, the city is a little better protected and less likely to see any effects from hurricane season. 

Avg. Temperature High: July is Jacksonville’s hottest month with temps around 90°F

Avg. Temperature Low: January is the area’s coolest month with temps around 46°F

Avg. Water Temperatures in and around Destin:

  • 83°F in the Summer (June, July, August)

  • 68°F in Spring (March, April, May)

  • 76°F in Fall (September, October, November)

  • 65°F in Winter (December, January, February)

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Things to Do in Jacksonville by Boat

Visit Exchange Club Island

Visit Exchange Club Island

Located in the middle of the St. John’s River just to the east of Jacksonville, Exchange Club Island is only accessible by water. Sitting partially beneath the Matthews Bridge, the 34-acre island features a winding nature trail, picnic shelters, and a place to dock. 

Tie up your boat and walk the island, bring food and refreshments, check out the wildlife, or just sit and watch the other boats go by. While a visit to Exchange Club Island is a peaceful way to spend the day, getting there and back by boat is half the fun. 

There is no bad time to visit the island. However, be aware that there are no facilities or shops on the island so watch the weather and be sure to take plenty of food, water, and sunscreen along. 

  • LocationGoogle Maps Link

  • Closest boat ramps: Empire Point Boat Ramp, Arlington Road Boat Ramp

  • Lat/Long: 30.32313° N, -81.61571° W

Cruise the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW)

Cruise the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW)

Jacksonville is home to 40 miles of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway,  which runs more than 3000 miles from Boston all the way around the tip of Florida and up to Texas. Consisting of natural waterways connected with man-made channels, the Intracoastal Waterway, or ICW, provides boaters with a beautiful way to cruise from place to place or just spend a day enjoying the scenery and wildlife.  

Jacksonville ICW cruisers can see beautiful houses and abundant wildlife including herons, egrets, manatees, and more. A cruise along the ICW can also include swimming in beautiful coves, and exploring the coast, or it can just be a great way to enjoy a beautiful day on the water. 

  • Location: Google Maps Link

  • Closest boat ramp: Mike McCue Boat Ramp, Beach Blvd Boat Ramp,  Oak Harbor Public Boat Ramp, and others can be found along the ICW

  • Lat/Long: 30.30882° N, -81.42505° W

Fish inshore on the St. John’s River or Offshore in the Atlantic

Fish inshore on the St. John’s River or Offshore in the Atlantic

Sitting near the mouth of the St. John’s River where it connects with the Atlantic, Jacksonville offers boaters the choice to fish offshore for big stuff, or in the rivers and waterways when the weather makes it a challenge to head for deeper water. 

Jacksonville’s abundant waterways and fish species even make it easy to fish from a kayak if the mood strikes. 

Deep Sea Fishing in the Atlantic (Offshore)

  • Target species: Marlin, sailfish, mahi-mahi, tuna, wahoo, snapper, mackerel, cobia, shark

  • Seasonality: March through November are best for many species. Although things cool down in the winter, there is still plenty to catch year-round

  • Boat selection: Center consoles, cruisers, sportfish, and convertibles for deeper water

Fishing the St. John’s and Inland Waterways (Inshore)

  • Target species: Trout, redfish, sheepshead, black drum, tarpon, snook, flounder

  • Seasonality: There is something to catch all year long

  • Boat selection:Pontoon boats, center consoles, aluminum fishing boats, flats skiffs, runabouts

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Where to Go Boating in Jacksonville

Fort George Inlet

Fort George Inlet

Located just north of the St. John’s River where the Fort George River meets the Atlantic, Fort George Inlet is a sheltered area just off the ocean and very popular hotspot for boaters. Surrounded by a sandy, hooked-shaped peninsula with sandy beaches and crystal-clear water, the large, open basin provides a great spot for wakeboarding, tubing, fishing, or whatever watery activity you prefer. There are also plenty of areas to explore by boat.

Nearby Marinas: Fort George Island Marina, Morningstar Marinas, Harbortown Marina

Closest Boat Ramp: Cedar Point Boat Ramp, Mayport Boat Ramp, Joe Carlucci Sisters Creek Boat Ramp

Wake Zone: Although none are listed, watch for signs on all Jacksonville waters designating an area as “Idle Speed – No Wake” or “Slow Down – Minimum Wake.”

ProTips: Fort George Inlet is a very popular destination for area boaters and can get crowded on holiday weekends. Also, beware of the inlet’s many shallow sandbars. 

Lat/Long: 30.41781 N, -81.41305 W 

Google Maps Link

Bayard Point

Bayard Point

Located approximately 17 miles south of the city on the St. John’s River, Bayard Point is another popular Jacksonville boating destination. Bayard Point is also the site of Jacksonville’s unofficial holiday, Boaters Skip Day, when hundreds of boat owners “play hooky” from school or work to meet up and enjoy a day on the water. With it’s natural beauty and large, shallow sandbar, the area is perfect for rafting up with other boats or finding a place to beach and explore the natural surroundings. 

Nearby Marinas: Black Creek Marina and Bait Shop, Amity Marina, Julington Creek Marina

Closest Boat Ramp: Shands Boat Ramp, Palmo Boat Ramp

Wake Zone: No wake zones and manatee areas exist throughout the St. Johns River, watch for signs designating an area as No Wake or Minimum Wake and understand what they mean. 

Tips: The Bayard Point area and the sandbar is a very popular destination for area boaters so it can get crowded on holiday weekends.  

Lat/Long: 29.93982 N, -81.60419 W

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Jacksonville Beach

Jacksonville Beach

On a beautiful, sunny day, there are few better places to be than out on the ocean. For Jacksonville boaters, going out to the Atlantic is as easy as running up the St. John’s River or driving to a ramp out near Jacksonville Beach and hitting the open water. Cruising along Jacksonville Beach gives boaters and sailors plenty to see and do, whether the plan calls for sightseeing, fishing, or diving the wrecks and reefs off the beach. 

Nearby Marinas: Fort George Island Marina, Morningstar Marinas, Harbortown Marin

Closest Boat Ramp: Mayport Boat Ramp, Jim King Boat Ramp, Joe Carlucci Sisters Creek Boat Ramp, Oak Harbor Public Boat Ramp

Tips: The Florida sun can catch people off-guard if they are not used to it. Be sure to bring plenty of food, water, and sunscreen for a great day on the water. 

Lat/Long: 30.30960 N, -81.38878 W 

Google Maps Link


Dock-and-Dine at Jacksonville Waterfront Restaurants

With so much riverfront coastline, Jacksonville is the perfect place to find waterfront dining locations that are accessible by boat. Whether you cruise downtown “Jax" or explore some of the out of town waterways, there is no shortage of places to dock and dine. However, there are also a lot of great eateries within a short stroll from a mooring. While you're in town, be sure to check out:

Dockside Seafood Restaurant

  • Address: 2510 2nd Ave N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
  • Hours: Open every day from 11:30am–9:00pm
  • Reservations: Does not accept reservations
  • Type of food: Fresh seafood, traditional American in a casual atmosphere
  • Dockage available: Yes - docking fees may apply


Singleton's Seafood Shack

  • Address: 4728 Ocean St, Jacksonville, FL 32233
  • Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:00am–9:00pm, Fri and Sat 11:00am–10:00pm
  • Reservations: Does not accept reservations
  • Type of food: Fresh seafood in a casual atmosphere
  • Dockage available: Yes - docking fees may apply


Chart House

  • Address: 1501 Riverplace Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207
  • Hours: Open Sun-Thurs 4:30pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat from 4:30pm-10:00pm
  • Reservations: Accepts reservations
  • Type of food: Traditional American and fresh seafood with vegetarian options
  • Dockage available: Yes - docking fees may apply


Mavi Waterfront Bar & Grill

  • Address: 2309 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
  • Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:00am–10:00pm, Fri and Sat 11:00am – 11:00pm
  • Reservations: Does not accept reservations
  • Type of food: Burgers, seafood in a sports bar atmosphere
  • Dockage available: Yes - docking fees may apply


Sandollar Restaurant

  • Address: 9716 Heckscher Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32226
  • Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:00am–9:00pm, Fri and Sat 11:00am – 10:00pm
  • Reservations: Accepts reservations
  • Type of food: Fresh seafood, traditional American with some vegetarian options
  • Dockage available: Yes - docking fees may apply


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    Boris is THE BEST! He made the experience very easy. His customer service is above par.

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