St. Johns County Beaches

Sea turtle nesting season - May 1 to October 31

Announcements

Crescent Beach Reopens to Vehicular Access – A limited portion of southern St. Johns County beaches are now open to vehicular traffic from the Crescent Beach access ramp. A 1.6 mile portion of the beach is accessible to two-way traffic. The Ft. Matanzas ramp remains closed due to hurricane damage. Vehicular access on any St. Johns County beach is always subject to local weather, tidal conditions, and the amount of beach available to safely accommodate pedestrian and vehicular traffic. All beach visitors are encouraged to exercise caution and be aware of their surroundings. For more information, please call 904.209.0333.

Reach the Beach Mobile App – Our “Reach the Beach” app helps you spend less time in the car and more time on the beach by providing quick access to beach driving conditions, access and facility locations, lifeguard information, and emergency contacts. Download the app for free in the App Store or Google Play. For more information, call 904.209.0331 or Download the Reach the Beach Mobile App.

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Rules – To comply with regulations that protect the turtles, beach driving and lighting rules are in effect May 1 to October 31. Vehicular traffic on the beach is only allowed from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and all beachfront properties are required to reduce the impact of interior and exterior lighting which may impact nesting sea turtles. Sea Turtle Nesting Season, Volunteer Opportunities and Share the Beach.

Volunteers with the St. Johns County Sea Turtle and Beach Steward Program – St. Johns County is seeking volunteers to survey wrack lines to recover stranded washback sea turtles and conduct beach cleanups from August through November. Be a Sea Turtle Washback Program Volunteer!

Storm Damage and Access Points – Due to storm damages, beach access points—both vehicular and dune walkovers—may be temporarily closed due to deteriorating beach, sand conditions, and on-going repairs. Driving conditions and beach access information can be found through the Beach Services on Facebook, Twitter, or by downloading the Reach the Beach app on the iTunes app store or Google Play. For more information, please call Beach Services at (904) 209-0331.

Beach Wheelchairs – To help make our beaches more accessible, beach wheelchairs are available at no charge, on a first come first serve basis. Please note that three days advance notification is required to reserve a wheelchair. To make a reservation, please call contact Danielle Fountain, (904) 209-0752.

Current Beach Conditions Automated information which is updated as conditions change (904) 209-0331.

Get the latest sea turtle nesting & hatching info! Turtle Tracks.

Beach Access Point Updates

St. Johns County Equestrian Beach Access Restricted due to Storm Debris –  Due to Hurricane storm debris on local beaches, equestrian access is restricted until debris has been removed and the coastline is deemed safe for horses and riders. St. Johns County would like to thank equestrian beach visitors for their patience during this time.

Recreational Opportunities

With over 40 miles of scenic coastline, St. Johns County beaches offer some of the best recreational and wildlife viewing opportunities in the beautiful State of Florida. Just minutes from the historic district of downtown St. Augustine residents and visitors can park off-beach and walk, sunbathe, fish or enjoy wildlife viewing along endless miles of pristine coastline or park directly on the sand and enjoy a dip in the surf near one of the several staffed lifeguard towers.

Our beaches have several miles of coquina and white soft sand beaches set against a backdrop of natural dunes topped with sea oats. Our Beaches are a popular location to hold special events such as weddings, parties, marathons and other events of similar nature. St. Johns County offers many beach front parks and has easy access to most of its beaches.

Habitat Conservation

St. Johns County is home to a variety of wildlife including several species of endangered or threatened sea turtles, the native Anastasia Island beach mice, gopher tortoises, and shorebirds.  Each spring our beaches our buzzing with activity as sea turtles, beach mice, gopher tortoises, and shorebirds use our beaches and dunes for nesting and foraging that continues throughout the summer months.  Sea turtle nesting season is from May 1 – October 31. Those who live and visit St. Johns County have a special opportunity and responsibility to protect these magnificent creatures and their vulnerable nesting and feeding habitat.

Find out more about St. Johns County protected species and their habitat.

More Information

For more information about our beautiful beaches, contact Beach Services at (904) 209-0331.