Nestled on the picturesque Amelia Island in Nassau County, Florida, Fernandina Beach is the northernmost city on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, and one of the main municipalities in the Greater Jacksonville area. Fernandina Beach is known as the “Isle of 8 Flags” as it holds the distinction of being the only United States municipality that has had eight different national flags flown from it. Surrounded by sparkling waters and boasting that perfect temperate, sunny Florida climate, Fernandina Beach is an ideal spot for kicking off sunny shores and exploring one of the best islands in the United States by kayak. With multiple kayak launching points for locals as well as tours and guided excursion businesses, water exploration and relaxation has never been easier.
Kayak Launch Sites In Fernandina Beach
Egan’s Creek Park / Kayak Launch
Egan’s Creek Park is a popular, picturesque paddling site located just off the north end of Amelia Island, where locals can enjoy the solitude of a nature-filled kayaking ride, along with all the amenities of a newly renovated park experience. Egan’s Creek Park is located at Atlantic Avenue, and is home to a sturdy fishing dock, private ¼ mile fitness trail, accessible strength training equipment, a pet water fountain, pavilions, restrooms, and picnic tables, all newly updated in 2017. Among park improvements is an accessible kayak launch perfect for exploring the creek. The launch offers locals access to a charming kayaking route, where they can admire the surrounding park’s lush landscapes, a wide variety of local animals, plants, and birds, and even catch a glimpse of Amelia Island Lighthouse.
Public Boat Ramp at 97177 Pogy Pl, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
The public boat ramp at 97177 Pogy Place in Fernandina Beach is an ideal kayak launch for locals. The view over the water and beach area from the docks cannot be beaten, with the addition of easy access to the open Atlantic Ocean waters a welcome plus for any kayaker looking to enjoy the turquoise waves of Fernandina Beach. The sturdy, paved boat ramp is an ideal place for fishing, and also nearby is a picnic area for kayakers looking to relax after an invigorating paddle or fuel up beforehand, as well as a nature center and pier. With restrooms, courtesy docks, a large pavilion, grills, and roughly 80 paved boat trailer parking spots, this handicap-accessible public ramp is any local kayaker’s dream.
Tours and Guided Excursion Businesses
Amelia Island Kayak Excursions
Tours and guided excursions are an excellent way to explore the stunning Fernandina Beach, and Amelia Island Kayak Excursions is the #1 guest rated kayak team for a reason. A family owned local business conveniently located near Jacksonville, Amelia Island Kayak Excursions is home to invigorating kayaking tours that offer paddlers an inside peek into some of the area’s most stunning natural treasures. With everything from a 2-hour local guided tour to a 5-hour river tour and even overnight excursions, Amelia Island Kayak Excursions has the ideal option for any kayaking enthusiast, from first time kayakers to experienced boaters, with Class III Personal Flotation Devices and high quality paddles and kayaks ensuring safety every wave of the way.
Paddle Jax (Amelia Island)
Paddle Jax is one of the longest-running guided kayaking experiences in the Amelia Island area, as well as one of the fastest growing enterprises of this nature. The only certified University of Florida Advanced Master Naturalist-curated kayaking experience, boaters can enjoy guided or self-guided kayak eco tours of some of the most popular waterways in Fernandina Beach. This local, family owned and operated business has been a favorite for boating enthusiasts from all over. Guided kayaking experiences include exploring Lofton Creek at Big Cypress, paddle & a pint, and a sea life adventure at Egan’s Creek with glimpses of local wildlife.
Riptide Amelia Island
Riptide Tours of Amelia Island offer a window into the serene, scenic beauty of Fernandina Beach, as paddlers traverse the salt marsh and freshwater creeks surrounding Amelia Island and other areas nearby. Adventure is the goal of the journey, and Riptide focuses on routes that allow kayakers to catch a glimpse of the diverse wildlife at home in Southern Florida, from five different species of sea turtles to otters, alligators, and white tailed deers on the shores. Informative as well as explorative, Riptide tours are given by experienced local naturalists and water sports experts, who fill the experience with local lore, offering tidbits of the 500 years of history that make the area so unique peppered with humor to keep the adventure engaging.
Posted by Brad Officer