A Trip down St. John’s River


If you’re taking a trip to Florida anytime soon and want to look into renting a boat, St Johns River is the place to be. Named Rio De San Juan in the native tongue, the river stretches for a full 310 miles, touching twelve different counties, and is thought to be one of the few rivers in the country that flows north. That alone makes it pretty unique and a vacation destination worth exploring. There are two different areas you will want to visit, even if you can only do one of them at a time.

The Lower River

When you’re ready to visit St. John’s River, you can start at the lower end which crawls at a pace of 0.3 miles per hour through Brevard county, Flagler, Lake, Seminole, St. Johns, Orange, and Volusia. Moving down the river we find that it in has several different areas, all with their own characteristics. For example, the river is connected to several natural lakes, such as Lake George, Lake Dexter, and of course several others.

The Upper River

The biggest difference between the two ends of the river is the surrounding area. In the lower river, you will generally find it to be a more densely populated and developed section of Florida. The farther north you venture, however, the more you will find it to be undeveloped and scenic, most of it being state owned land. You can travel both ends of the river, of course, but it all depends on what you want to see, what kind of vacation you want to experience during your Florida adventure.

What to Do on the River

As the longest river in the state of Florida, you can imagine there are plenty of things to do, though we’re only going to list a few of them. Let’s take a look!

Visit Blue Spring State Park – This is home to the largest spring on the St. Johns River, and is a designated Manatee Refuge. You’re going to see some amazing things here, and there are plenty of activities to try out including:

  • Snorkling
  • Swimming
  • Scuba Diving
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Boating

The one thing you can’t do here is swim with the manatees, so don’t even think about it. Other than that, this is a great vacation destination, and one you’ll definitely want to try if you’re thinking of taking a trip down the St Johns river. Remember, this is one place where renting a fishing boat might be a great idea!

Wekeiwa Springs State ParkMost of Florida has been developed, but if you’ve ever wondered what it looked like in the days when the Timucuan Indians hunted the lands, you won’t get any closer. This is a great, relaxing area that offers opportunities to swim, canoe, kayak, and explore one of the most iconic locations along the St. Johns River.

Grab a Bite to EatThe river, being 310 miles in length, touches some of the largest cities in the state including Orlando. With that being the case, you can expect to find plenty of ports to dock at, and lots of establishments that almost exclusively serve the river. There are a ton of bed and breakfasts available to give you a short respite before you continue on your journey downriver. To put it quite simply, there are a lot of things to do!

Rent a Boat, See the River

The options on the St. Johns River are virtually limitless, whether you get a speed boat to give yourself the ultimate thrill, or embark on a fishing boat to reel in some of the aquatic fare that the river has to offer. A small sampling includes largemouth bass, catfish, bluegills, striped bass, and even flounder. You might be exploring the river on your own, or then again, it might be a family affair.

Whatever the case may be, boat rental services like ours give you plenty of opportunities to not only explore the water, but to do so in the watercraft of your choice without the ownership commitment. Many of the smaller crafts, such as speedboats, canoes, kayaks, and more are available at very low rates, and ready to be rented from responsible owners at a moment’s notice. Look through our website, and get ready to have an experience you’ll never forget on the St. Johns River.

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