About 18th Street

Nondescript beachbreak between the Poles and Jax Pier, Atlantic Beach’s 18th Street is probably just as consistent as any other beachbreak of the northern Jax beaches — consistently so-so. It will, however, accommodate a range of swells and tides, particularly N/NE swells on mid-tides, but isn’t known for handling anything more than a foot or two overhead.

Source: 18th Street Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

It helps to be light on your feet, but it’s not a deal-breaker.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Fairly mellow with the occasional agro local.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Random people come and go, just like you.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

This might be the best kept secret in all of Jacksonville — or it’s an average Florida beachbreak.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Can be some drift to contend with, since Jax beaches like the colder, sweepier swells.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Between the St. Johns River and the Mayport U.S. Naval Station, the Jax Beaches are known for their brown, murky waters, among other pollutants. However, this spot’s historically passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time.

Additional Information


Sharks, jellyfish, sea lice, lightning.


Limited free parking.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard



Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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