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Best Beaches In St. Augustine

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The Best Beaches in St. Augustine

Situated along the Atlantic Ocean, St. Augustine’s pristine beaches stretch from Vilano Beach north of the city to Crescent Beach in the south. With dozens of public beach access points peppered along the coastline, there is a bit of something for everyone. From horseback riding, sunbathing and stand-up paddle boarding to fishing, diving and volleyball, the endless miles of white, sandy beaches have made St. Augustine a go-to destination for water lovers and beachgoers.

Live and love your time on the beaches of St. Augustine.

Starting in the north, just a five-minute drive from the historic downtown area, is Vilano Beach. Often considered a local best-kept secret for beach combing, Vilano offers several access points including Usina and North Beach, secluded locales south of Ponte Vedra Beach.

The area’s main beach is Vilano Beach, which features a fishing pier, waterfront restaurants, town center, pavilion, boardwalk and shops. Also check out Surfside Park for picnic shelters, outdoor showers and Porpoise Point, a popular beach launch for kayaks and personal watercraft.

Located on Anastasia Island, and just a few minutes south of the city’s historic Bridge of Lions, is Anastasia State Park. Between four miles of pristine beach, a tidal salt marsh, protected bird sanctuary and upland hammock, the park is a clear favorite among tourists and locals alike for canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and rest and relaxation.

If you’re looking for a more vibrant beach scene, then head further south to St. Augustine Beach. Anchored by the St. Johns County Ocean Pier, the main part of the beach offers amenities like a Splash Park for the kids, shaded pavilion for picnicking, volleyball courts, pier fishing and bait shop.

In close proximity to a wide variety of restaurants and shops is St. Augustine Beach’s “A Street” access where cars can drive on the beach and park for a nominal fee between March 1 and Labor Day. A Street also offers public parking with outdoor showers and restrooms.

Didn’t bring a car on your St. Augustine vacation? No worries. The Old Town Trolley, the city’s premier tour company, has a Beach Bus which will drop you off just feet from the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

If you’re looking for another less-crowded local favorite, then head further south to Crescent Beach. Located in the southern area of St. Johns County, Crescent Beach is a wildlife refuge offering a serene, natural setting for beachcombers including boating, fishing, diving and RV and camping facilities.

Live and love your time on the beaches of St. Augustine; but remember a few safety tips. No alcohol or glass is allowed on the beach, all pets must be on a leash and, most importantly, the local beaches are home to several federally protected sea turtles that return every year to nest from May 1 to October 31.

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