St. Johns River Eats

19 Waterfront Restaurants
St. Johns River, Florida

South Region

--  4 locations  --

 

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Camp Holly
 Melbourne, FL

Lone Cabbage
Cocoa, FL

Jolly Gator
Geneva, FL

Black Hammock
Oviedo, FL

Emerging from wetlands southwest of Melbourne, this section of the St. Johns was once a bass fishing mecca. Drainage canals and farming destroyed much of the natural wetlands. River restoration projects have been underway and conditions have improved dramatically. Former fish camps are making a comeback as entertainment venues, with a focus on ecotourism, food, and music.


Camp Holly... www.campholly.net/  6901 U.S. 192, Melbourne, FL 32904 (2.8 mi. west of I-95)

First built in 1923, this fish camp is undergoing a reincarnation. Currently it's snacks, bait shop, and airboat tours only. A new restaurant, shop, music stage, and alligator pen are in the works. Look for completion in early 2018. Tour boats include a few smaller (some say more fun) airboats.


Lone Cabbage... www.twisterairboatrides.com/fishcamp.html  8199 SR 520, Cocoa, FL 32926

West of Cocoa, near Orlando and Disney, airboat ecotourism is big here. Great water views, weekend music, and a variety of inexpensive food make this a popular getaway with locals. The wine comes in plastic cups, red and white. A few "old Florida" buildings remain, providing fond memories. Tip: a sweeping vista (and maybe a gator) along boardwalk/fishing pier next to boat ramp, on opposite side of highway.


Jolly Gator... www.facebook.com/thejollygator/  4650 E. State Rd 46, Geneva, FL 32732

An expansive expansive, unobstructed view on the river. The river becomes slightly larger, as the Econlockhatchee River enters about a mile upstream (south). For eats, definitely try the swamp cabbage. We also enjoyed the gator, blackened not fried. The twice a month Sunday jam sessions are popular. Independent airboat tours operate from the county park.


Black Hammock... http://www.theblackhammock.com/  2356 Black Hammock Fish Camp Rd, Oviedo, FL 32765

Located off the main river channel on Lake Jesup, this former fish camp has reinvented itself as a mini-attraction that kids of any age will enjoy. Feed the parrots. Use a hot dog to "fish" for small alligators. Take an airboat ride. Cool off the bar and gift shop. Plus, a restaurant that uses real plates, metal utensils, and wine glasses. Civilization at last!


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