About Main Beach

With limited interference from any outside sandbars and/or coquina reefs, which are famous for intercepting or diluting swells in the Sunshine State, Main Beach can offer a legit shorebreak experience at higher tides; which means when it’s good here, it’s a bonanza: lots of waves, most of them hollow and fast and powerful, and the crowds to match. Reeling lefts manifest on the best NE swells, however, Amelia Island beachbreaks in general are exposed to a range of swells from N to S but won't hold more than a couple feet overhead.

Source: Main Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate, beginners get beat up pretty bad.

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Very mellow.

Crowd Factor

Mellow

Mellow Heavy

Not bad, but lots of visitors.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Average spot.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Just duck dive, and you're out there.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Looks brown from sediment, but is surprisingly clean.

Additional Information

Hazards

Sharks, a rare ray and the occasional jellyfish.

Access

Pull up, park and paddle.

Bring Your

Shortboard

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

Fall-Spring, Hurricane

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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