Suggested Charter Destinations – Jacksonville/Amelia Island area

Sailing from Jacksonville, Florida 

For Sunset, Half or Full Day Sails

Jacksonville, river cruise

Leaving from Ortega Landing Marina, 10 minutes from downtown Jacksonville, you can sail out to the wide and calm water of the magnificent St Johns River. The banks are lined with trees and beautiful homes, perfect for relaxation and sunbathing. (Full day: you stop in a cove for a barbeque onboard and take a swim, or go ashore for lunch.)

St Augustine – Call for special arrangements

Sail in the protected waters of the Intracoastal Waterway. It is lined with marshlands and wildlife – Storks, Pelicans, Osprey, and Bottlenose Dolphins. Depending on tide and wind head:

South toward Ft Matanzas – A National Park Service monument and home to a flock of Great Horned Owls. (Full day: Go ashore visit the fort, exhibits, and take the nature walk)

North to Pine Island – Part of the Guana State Park, a National Estuarine Research Reserve. Enjoy the beautiful salt marshes and the quiet waters of the Tolomato River. Or, sail out St Augustine Inlet for a spin in the ocean. (Full Day: Do both or anchor in Salt Run for a swim, walk on the beach, or a cook out)

Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island – Here July & August 2013 and by special arrangement

Day Sail to Cumberland IslandNorth to Cumberland Island – A National Park and Georgia’s largest barrier island. Enjoy vistas of pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches, wild horses, and wide marshes. Walk in the footsteps of early natives, explorers, and wealthy industrialists. (Full Day: go ashore and explore the remains of the Carnegies’ mansion, Dungeness)
National Park Service map of Cumberland Island.

South to Ft George Island – A Florida State Park, a remote estuary, only accessible by boat. Explore Kingsley Plantation or take a dinghy ride through the storm washed dunes out to the ocean beaches, swim, sunbathe or walk the beach. (Full Day required for any shore time activities)

2 & 3 Day Sailing Vacation Possibilities

Below are some fabulous 2 & 3 day trips, perfect for a real “weekend” get-a-way. Read about a recent 4-day sailing vacation from Jacksonville Beach to Fernandina and Cumberland Island. When you return, you will feel like you have been in another world. The destinations mentioned below are described in more detail above.

From Jacksonville

  • Cruise east down the St Johns River to Ft George Island and return
  • To Fernandina Beach spending the night at Ft George Island return by car
  • To St Augustine by ocean or ICW overnight at Ft George Island, Pine Island, or Salt Run return by car

From Fernandina Beach

  • To Cumberland Island and/or St Marys and return
  • To St Augustine or Jacksonville by ocean or ICW overnight at Ft George Island, Pine Island, St Johns River, or Salt Run return by car

From St Augustine

  • Cruise south down the ICW to Ft Matanzas and return
  • Spend the day sailing in the Atlantic Ocean return and spend the night in Salt Run returning home the next day
  • To Fernandina Beach or Jacksonville by ocean or ICW overnight at Salt Run, Pine Island, Ft George Island, or on the St Johns River return by car

 

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