Florida is surrounded by water: the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico come to mind, of course.
Thousands of miles of rivers and thousands of lakes also add to the Florida nautical inventory.
With this much water, it's no wonder Florida has more than its fair share of waterfront restaurants.
Here are a few that we enjoy. Just click on the photos for more info.
Clark's Fish Camp, Jacksonville
This restaurant in Mandarin is on Julington Creek just off the St. Johns River. The atmosphere is one of the attractions here, with what is reported to be the world's largest collection of private taxidermy. Click on photo for more.
Corky Bell's, East Palatka
This comfortable restaurant on the St. Johns River is just east of historic downtown Palatka on the east end of the U.S. 17 bridge that crosses the St. Johns River.
Corky's is on the St. Johns River at a location the locals refer to as Devil's Elbow because of its steep turn from east to south at that spot. The restaurant commands a beautiful view of the river.
The seafood here is excellent and they have lots of inside and outside dining. Click on photo for more.
Hidden Treasure, Ponce Inlet
This gem is a hidden treasure with outside dining and a tiki bar in the shadow of the historic Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. It overlooks Ponce Inlet and is a great place to refresh and recharge after walking to the top of the lighthouse and soaking in the magnificent view. Click on photo for more.
Island Waterfront Bar and Grille, Merritt Island
Locals love this place, and so do tourists once they find out about it. It is located on the east side of Central Merritt Island at the beginning of the long causeway over the Banana River that runs to Cocoa Beach. As is fitting for its location on a beautiful river, it specializes in seafood. Click on photo for more.
Lazy Days Restaurant, Islamorada
There is a Lazy Days restaurant in Marathon and one in Islamorada. I visited the one in Islamorada. It is on the ocean side of US-1 and has a view of the Atlantic Ocean. This is a great place in the Middle Keys for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
You can eat downstairs in the dining room, or upstairs in the bar. There is also a large covered outside dining deck with a great view, and you can also sit on the beach. Click on photo for more.
Shady Oak Restaurant, DeLand
This little place looks like a fish camp. It is on the St. Johns River west of DeLand at the State Road 44 bridge.
No matter if you sit inside or outside you will have a view of the St. Johns River flowing gently by.
The food is okay, the service is good, but the view is magnificent. Click photo for more.
Singleton's Seafood Shack, Mayport
Mayport is a fishing village near the mouth of the St. Johns River east of Jacksonville. Singleton's is a traditional Old Florida establishment featured not long ago on Guy Fieri's television show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Click on photo for more.
Snack Jack, Flagler Beach
The formal name of the Old Florida oceanfront diner is High Tides at Snack Jack. It is directly on the ocean just south of Flagler Beach.
Every table and booth has an oceanfront view and the food is great. This is informal beach side dining at its best. Click on photo for more.
Uncle Ernie's Bayfront Grill, Panama City
Uncle Ernie's in Panama City overlooks St. Andrews marina, and has a very comfortable nautical atmosphere including old photos on the walls. The interior is very nautical and the seafood selections are delicious. Click on photo for more.
OTHER WATERFRONT RESTAURANTS
Blackwater Inn, Astor
Prime Catch, Briny Breezes
Cabbage Key Inn & Restaurant
Starfish Company, Cortez
Cap's Place, Lighthouse Point
Alabama Jack's, Homestead
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, Johns Pass
Goodrich's, Oak Hill
Gator Joe's, Ocklawaha
Sea Critters Cafe, Pass A Grille
Whippoorwill Sportsman's Lodge, Quincy
Captain Hiram's, Sebastian
Kathi's Krabs, Steinhatchee
Stuart, The Twisted Tuna