Explore the Beaches

St. Johns County Parks & Recreation – Where Everybody Plays

Explore the beaches! With over 40 miles of scenic coastline, St. Johns County beaches provide some of the finest recreational opportunities in Florida. Walk, sunbathe, fish, surf, ride, play, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery along miles of pristine coastline. Get beach access updates with our Reach the Beach mobile site.

Anastasia State Park – 340-A A1A South, St. Augustine (Map)
Offers windsurfing, kayaking, snack bar, hiking / biking / nature trails, dune walkover, campground, restrooms, picnic tables, and showers. Seasonal lifeguards. Driving prohibited.

Crescent Beach 6930 A1A South, St. Augustine (Map approximate location)
Dune walkover, covered picnic tables, restrooms, and showers. Pavilions are first come first serve. Seasonal lifeguards. Minimal beach driving/parking. Access fee March through September. Horseback Riding allowed during designated times with permit.

Frank B. Butler County Park 5860 A1A South, St. Augustine (Map)
Off-beach parking, dune walkover, pavilion, picnic tables, restrooms, and showers. Seasonal lifeguards. Frank B. Butler hosted Martin Luther King, Jr. in his motel during a 1964 civil rights visit to St. Augustine. Dune system host to the native Anastasia Island Beach Mice and gopher tortoises.

Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve 505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach (Map)
Dune walkover, hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails, beautiful coquina beaches. Right Whales may be sighted at this popular spot for beachcombing. Just across A1A, the Education Center is a perfect place to stop for the day and visit. www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/gtm

Fort Matanzas National Monument Beach 7.5 miles south of St. Augustine Beach on A1A South (Map)
Off-beach parking, dune walkover, restrooms. Seasonal lifeguards. Fort Matanzas National Monument Visitor Center is across the street. Minimal beach driving/parking. Access fee from March through September. The area is host to protected species such as least tern, Anastasia Island Beach Mice, gopher tortoises, and sea turtles. www.nps.gov/foma

Mickler's Beachfront Park 1109½ Ponte Vedra Blvd, Ponte Vedra (Map)
Handicapped-accessible dune walkover, grills, restrooms, showers, and horseback riding. Seasonal lifeguards. Sunbathing and fishing are popular activities on this coquina type beach. Off beach parking and designated parking for horse trailers. Horseback riding permitted year round with special beach use permit.

North Beach 3721 Coastal Highway, St. Augustine (Map)
Highway walkover, off beach parking, grills, playground, restrooms, showers, and picnic pavilion. Pavilion may be reserved for private picnics. Sunbathing, and fishing are popular activities on this coquina type beach.

River to Sea Preserve Before Marineland on A1A (Map)
Very limited off beach parking, just steps away from famous Marineland. Quiet beach with coquina shell and plenty of oppurtunities for wildlife viewing.

South Ponte Vedra Beach Recreation Area A1A across from the South Ponte Vedra Fire Station
Limited off beach parking, picnic tables, grills, stairs to beach. A great spot for lunch overlooking the beautiful coquina landscape or on the beach to enjoy the many wonders that the ocean can bring.

St. Augustine Beach A1A Beach Blvd, City of St. Augustine Beach (Map)
St. Johns County Ocean & Fishing Pier, gift shop, splash park, playground, volleyball courts, pavilion that can be rented for special events, restrooms, picnic tables, showers, and visitor center. Seasonal lifeguards.

Surfside 3070 Coastal Highway, St. Augustine (Map)
Dune walkover, restrooms, showers, and picnic tables. Fishing pole, beach chair & umbrella rentals. Pavilion is available on a first come first serve. This beach is a popular spot for sunbathing, fishing, and 4x4 driving. Horseback riding is allowed north of the Surfside access ramp year round with a permit. Beach driving/parking is allowed with a permit.

Usina Beach 4100 Coastal Highway, St. Augustine (Map)
Beach offers endless recreational uses including fishing, sunbathing, beachcombing, surfing, and vehicle access ramp. Beach driving/parking is allowed with a permit. No facilities.

Vilano Beach 2725 Anahma Dr, St. Augustine (Map)
Dune walkover, covered picnic tables, restrooms, and showers. Pavilion may be reserved. Seasonal lifeguards. Minimal beach driving/parking, access fee at Vilano and Porpoise Point vehicle access ramps. Vilano beach is a popular spot for fishing, sunbathing, beach parking/driving, and surfing. As you enter at Vilano and drive south past the jetties you enter Porpoise Point, a popular spot for fishing and launching jet skis.

More Information

For more information, contact St. Johns County Beach Services @ 209-0331.