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Take me to the river—fun in the Florida sun

The St. Johns River is Florida's longest and is used for both commercial and recreational purposes. Stretching 310 miles, the river winds through the Sunshine State, from the swamps of Brevard County, north to Jacksonville, where it drops off into the Atlantic Ocean. Numerous lakes flow into and out of the river as the bustling waterway streams past some major metropolises and pristine, undeveloped regions. Book a St. Johns River vacation rental and you'll find yourself near one of Florida's most popular watery playgrounds, where you can enjoy outdoor adventures all year long.

Things to do

Are you ready for some football? (And some parks and zoos)

Leave the comfort of your St. Johns River vacation rental and lose yourself in nature. The riverfront Blue Spring State Park offers such outdoor activities as boating, snorkeling, and scuba diving, while Ocala National Forest features natural pools and canoe runs. If you prefer life in the big city, visit Jacksonville, where EverBank Field, home turf for the National Football League's Jacksonville Jaguars, includes sweeping views of the river. Do you have kids in tow? The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens features a variety of critters, a train, and a children's play area.


Go fish! (And take in some festivals while you're at it)

St. Johns River remains 1 of the most popular fishing spots in Florida, and each year the waterway hosts the nation's largest kingfish tournament. For the less competitive, you'll find boats, canoes, and kayaks available for rent along the river. There's plenty to do on land as well, with numerous riverfront biking, hiking, and jogging paths. You'll also find horseback riding trails and campsites near the river. May brings big events to the region, including the St. Johns River Festival of the Arts in downtown Sanford, where locals sell handmade goods, and the weekend-long Jacksonville Jazz Festival.


Sunny skies and warm days—it's Florida, of course!

Your St. Johns River vacation rental is a welcome retreat in the summer months when daytime highs can climb into the 90s and stifling humidity hovers throughout the state. The temperatures drop in the winter months, but the Sunshine State still offers comfortable conditions with highs landing anywhere from the 60s to 80s. You may wish to pack an umbrella in the late summer and early fall as it's typically the wettest season along the river. Keep in mind, the temperature of the river water remains much the same as the surrounding air temps.

Natural features

Wetlands and a winding waterway in the swampy Sunshine State

The St. Johns River is ripe with wildlife as waterlilies and irises line the banks of the marshy landscape. Beneath the surface, frogs, salamanders, turtles, and alligators swim about the dark waters, while shorebirds, like white ibises and wood storks, nest along the banks. In select portions of the river, you may also spot manatees. A popular waterway for fishing, the river is home to more than 180 different species of fish. The central region of the river is teeming with largemouth bass, mackerel, and bluegill.

Where to stay around Saint Johns River?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 82 vacation rentals near Saint Johns River. From 54 Houses to 5 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Saint Johns River for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Saint Johns River?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Saint Johns River. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Orlando: 41,304 vacation rentals
  • Daytona Beach: 2,662 vacation rentals
  • New Smyrna Beach: 2,666 vacation rentals
  • Winter Park: 480 vacation rentals
  • South Florida: 96,704 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Saint Johns River! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Saint Johns River?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Saint Johns River:

  • Orlando: 41,304 rentals
  • Daytona Beach: 2,662 rentals
  • New Smyrna Beach: 2,666 rentals
  • Winter Park: 480 rentals
  • Port Orange: 3,373 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Saint Johns River?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Saint Johns River. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • University of Central Florida (UCF): 20,236 rentals
  • Blue Springs State Park: 174 rentals
  • Golf Club at Cypress Head: 3,572 rentals
  • Central Florida Fairgrounds: 17,264 rentals
  • Winter Park Village: 3,271 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Saint Johns River listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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