Beach Access

Anastasia State Park

Location: On Anastasia Island, at St. Augustine Inlet, 1 mile east of downtown St. Augustine and directly north of St. Augustine Beach at 340-A A1A South, St. Augustine. Google Map.

Facilities: Offers windsurfing, kayaking, snack bar, hiking / biking / nature trails, dune walkover, campground, restrooms, picnic tables, and showers. Lifeguards staffed seasonally. 

Other Information: Driving is prohibited on Anastasia State Park beaches. For more information, contact Anastasia State Park, (904) 461-2033.


Crescent Beach

Location: On Anastasia Island just three miles south of St. Augustine Beach at 6930 A1A South, St. Augustine. Google Map (approximate location).

Facilities: Restrooms, dune walkover, covered picnic tables, and showers. Pavilions on a first come first serve basis. Lifeguards are staffed seasonally.

Other Information: The natural profile of the coastline gives this beach its name, Crescent Beach. Minimal vehicle beach driving / parking. Access fee from March 1st through end of September, Horseback Riding during designated times only with special permit. For more information, contact Sydney Lindblad, (904) 209-0344.


Frank B. Butler County Park

Location: On Anastasia Island two miles south of St. Augustine Beach at 5860 A1A South, St. Augustine. Google Map.

Park Hours: Open sunrise to sunset daily.

Facilities: Restrooms, off-beach parking, dune walkover, picnic tables and showers. For information about reserving the picnic Pavilion please call (904) 814-9030. Lifeguards staffed seasonally.

Other information: Frank B. Butler hosted Martin Luther King, Jr. and associates in his motel in 1964 during a widely publicized civil rights visit to St. Augustine. In 1980 the State of Florida turned over the management of the park to St. Johns County. Environmentally sensitive dune system home to the native Anastasia Island Beach Mice and gopher tortoises. For more information, contact Sydney Lindblad, (904) 209-0344.


Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

Location: Between Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine at 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Google Map.

Facilities: The research reserve offers excellent educational opportunities, dune walkover, hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails.

Other information: The GTMNERR education center is a perfect place to stop for the day and visit. Just across A1A from the education center are beautiful coquina beaches where the occasional Right Whale sighting may take place. These beaches are also a popular spot for some quiet time while beachcombing. For more information: Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082, (904) 823-4500. http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/gtm


Fort Matanzas National Monument Beach

Location: At the southern tip of Anastasia Island, at the Matanzas Inlet 7.5 miles south of St. Augustine Beach on Highway A1A. Google Map.

Facilities: Area offers vehicle access to the north only as of January 1, 2010, restrooms, off-beach parking, dune walkover, restrooms. Lifeguards are seasonal.

Other information: Fort Matanzas National Monument visitor Center is located across the street. Minimal vehicle beach driving / parking. Access fee from March 1 through end of September. Horseback Riding is not permitted within park boundaries. Area host an assortment of protected species such as least tern, Anastasia Island Beach Mice, gopher tortoises, and sea turtles. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/foma


Mickler's Beachfront Park

Location: South end of Ponte Vedra Beach on Highway A1A. 1109½ Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Google Map.

Facilities: Restrooms, showers, handicapped accessible dune walkover, grills, and horseback riding. Lifeguards staffed seasonally.

Other Information: Sunbathing, and fishing are popular activities on this coquina type beach. Off beach parking is available as well as designated parking for horse trailers. Horseback riding permitted year round with special beach use permit. For more information and to obtain a permit for horseback riding please contact St. Johns County Beach Services at (904) 209-3740.


North Beach

Location: Take Vilano bridge over intracoastal, go north on A1A, at second highway walkover make left into park. 3721 Coastal Highway, St. Augustine. Google Map.

Facilities: Restrooms, showers, highway walkover, off beach parking grills, playground, and picnic pavilion. Pavilion may be reserved for private picnics. To reserve, call Sydney Lindblad, (904) 209-0344.

Other information: Sunbathing, and fishing are popular activities on this coquina type beach.


River to Sea Preserve

Location: At the south end of St. Johns County before entering the town of Marineland. Small parking area on intracoastal side. Google Map.

Facilities: Very limited off beach parking, just steps away from famous Marineland.

Other information: Very quiet beach with coquina shell and plenty of oppurtunities for wildlife viewing.


South Ponte Vedra Beach Recreation Area

Location: 2.25 miles south of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve on Highway A1A. Google Map

Facilities: Limited off beach parking, restrooms, covered picnic tables, grills, stairs to beach. Pavilions are available on a first come first serve basis.

Other information: South Ponte Vedra Park is a great spot for lunch under one of the covered picnic areas overlooking the beautiful coquina landscape or on the beach to enjoy the many wonders that the ocean can bring in. For more information, contact Sydney Lindblad, (904) 209-0344.


St. Augustine Beach

Location: On Anastasia Island 4 miles south of downtown St. Augustine on Highway A1A Beach Blvd in the City of St. Augustine Beach. Google Map.

Facilities: Offers fishing, picnicking, a splash park, a pavilion that can be rented out for special events, restrooms, picnic tables, showers, and a visitor center are available. Lifeguards staffed seasonally.

Other information: The SJC Ocean Fishing Pier is the first of the pedestrian access points within the City of St. Augustine Beach limits. For more information about the City of St. Augustine Beach visit their website at www.staugbch.com.


Surfside

Location: One half mile north of the Vilano vehicle access ramp on Highway A1A. 3070 Coastal Highway, St. Augustine. Google Map.

Facilities: Offers newly renovated restrooms, dune walkover, showers, and picnic tables. Pavilion is available on a first come first serve.

Other information: This beach is a popular spot for sunbathing, fishing, horseback riding and 4x4 driving. Horseback riding is allowed north of the Surfside access ramp year round with special beach use permit. Beach driving / parking is permissible with special beach use permit.

To obtain a permit go to http://www.sjcfl.us/HCP/Permits.aspx


Usina Beach

Location: 4 miles north of Vilano Beach on Highway A1A. 4100 Coastal Highway, St. Augustine. Google Map.

Facilities: No facilities.

Other information: Beach offers endless recreational uses including fishing, sunbathing, beachcombing, surfing, and vehicle access ramp. Beach driving / parking is permissible with special beach use permit only.


Vilano Beach

Location: 2 miles north of downtown St. Augustine, on Highway A1A just over the New Vilano Bridge at the end of Vilano Road. 2725 Anahma Drive, St. Augustine. Google Map.

Facilities: Restrooms, dune walkover, covered picnic tables, and showers. Pavilion may be reserved; contact Sydney Lindblad, (904) 209-0344. Lifeguards staffed seasonally.

Access Information: Minimal vehicle beach driving / parking access fee from March 1 to the end of September at Vilano and Porpoise Point vehicle access ramps.

Other information: Vilano beach is a popular spot for fishing, sunbathing, beach parking/driving, and surfing (when the tide is coming in). As you enter at Vilano and drive south towards the St. Augustine Inlet past the jetties you enter Porpoise Point. This is a popular spot for fishing and launching jet skis.

A friendly group of porpoises used to frequent the inlet side, hence the name Porpoise Point. Porpoises are rarely seen in our waters and now you will most likely see bottlenose dolphins hunting for fish and splashing in the water. The occasional manatee may make an appearance as well. This area is also home to the state threatened Least Tern which nest on Porpoise Point from May to August.


Beach Wheelchairs

The public is able to reserve beach wheelchairs, for free, on a first come first serve basis. To reserve a wheelchair, ahead of time, please contact Sydney Lindblad at (904) 209-0344.

 

 


More Information

Contact St. Johns County Beach Services, (904) 209-0331.