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

Welcoming Intimidating

Fairly mellow with the occasional agro local.

Crowd Factor

Mellow

Mellow Heavy

Random people come and go, just like you.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

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

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

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

Water Quality

Dirty

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

Hazards

Sharks, jellyfish, sea lice, lightning.

Access

Limited free parking.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard

Seabed

Sand.

Best Season

September-March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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