North Florida (also known as Florida’s First Coast) has a wealth of surfing opportunities, and may be the most underrated surf region in the southeastern US. Northeast Florida has a reputation for consistent surf, and is known for its white sand. Swells from the northeast to southeast break from August through April, with the biggest coming during hurricane season, or from a strong low-pressure system sending in long-period swell from the northeast. Northeast Florida stretches from the FL/GA state line down to Daytona Beach.
Drive down Florida’s Route A1A, and you will be presented with one surfing opportunity after another.
- Jacksonville is home to many surfing contests and a close-knit surfing community. Jacksonville Pier offers breaks on any swell.
- The Mayport Poles, with favorable conditions, give way to speedy rights and lefts and attract an abundance of surfers.
- The oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine, is also known as a substantial surfing location in North Florida, with plenty of surf accommodations.
- Across the Intracoastal Waterway, Anastasia Island has breaks named Blowhole, Middles, and Lighthouse.
- Daytona Beach, a hot spot for Spring Break surfers, is the location of the high-ranking breaks at Ponce Inlet, while the less crowded, younger set favorite Sunglow Pier. Even surf fishing is a year-round sport in Daytona Beach.
Be prepared for changes in season when you surf in Florida. Winter water temps are in the high 50’s to low 60’s, but summer temps are in the 80’s.
North Florida Surf Breaks