Located on the St. John’s River and just 30 miles inland from Florida’s Atlantic Coast, River Villas offers residents easy access to all that Florida has to offer.
“Florida is known for her coast. However, you may find that the real beauty and adventures lie within her numerous lakes and rivers. Boating these waterways can provide countless hours of enjoyment. As you navigate the St. Johns River, you will have over 300 miles to explore. The river is like a step back in time. You’ll enjoy passing by quaint little towns and experiencing nature at its best. You can expect to see bald eagles, alligator turtles and even manatee. Restaurants, marinas and lodging can be found throughout the river way.
“The upper portion of the St. Johns River runs from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake George. Along its banks you can visit the metropolitan area of Jacksonville and the increasing popular Jacksonville Landing, or delight in the smaller communities of Green Cove Springs and Palatka. Popular boating stops include the Jacksonville Zoo, which is free by boat. Try Doctors Lake for water sports, Black Creek for nature enthusiast and for those that just want to be alone, you may want to take a trip to Crescent Lake by way of Dunn’s Creek. The river is very well marked and used by commercial vessels at times. The water is brackish and it is one of the few rivers that flows north.
“Wherever you decide to go, I’m sure you will have a great time along the upper river.”
— Rusty Gardner of Florida By Water
Visit Rusty on his very informative website to learn more about boating on the St. Johns River. You’ll find lists of restaurants, boat ramps, marinas, hotels, camping and day trips on our portion of the the river. Plus, you’ll find other watery places to explore throughout Florida with your boat.
St. Augustine (36 miles). America’s Oldest City.
World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum (43 miles). Admission includes one 18-hole round of golf.
Dunns Creek State Park (5 miles).
Ravine Gardens State Park (13 miles).
EverBank Field (70 miles). Home of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars.
Crescent Beach (33 miles).
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (63 miles).
Daytona International Speedway (57 miles).
Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.
World Famous Mayo Clinic located in Jacksonville (70 miles).
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