Welcome to Saint Johns County and the beaches of Saint Augustine!
Saint John’s county, home of historic Saint Augustine, offers beautiful sandy beaches stretching from the art nouveau village of Vilano Beach to the north to the unspoiled scenic refuge of Crescent Beach to the south. The Intracoastal Waterway runs along the coast line providing natural barrier islands and miles of coastline for lots of recreational activities: surfing, boating, fishing, kayaking and shelling! Our beaches are so varied that we have something for everyone: from no drive beaches to places you can park your car on the beach for the day, you will find our beaches are as varied as the folks who visit!
When you have had enough of our gorgeous sun, you will find so many things to do! From “beach town” to the ‘old town” you will find over 500 eating and drinking places, lots of unique stores and shops and sightseeing that is unrivaled anywhere! The ancient city of Saint Augustine is the oldest continually occupied city in America and we have the history and culture to prove it: Museums, entire sections of town where you can almost hear the whispers of those who have walked here before you! For wildlife spotting we offer two of Florida’s most revered habitats: Marineland to the south and The Saint Augustine Alligator Farm on the island, offering hundreds of native wildlife.
Some of Florida’s most highly rated schools are found in Saint Johns County. A quick google search of “the best places to live” with quickly affirm that Saint Augustine is listed amongst the best places to live in terms of climate, low cost of living, strong economy and low unemployment, education and lifestyle.
Saint Johns county is home to just over 200,000 residents yet over 6.5 million visitors a year in a practically year round tourist economy. From the historic old city to unsurpassed beauty of the beaches and wildlife sanctuary, Saint Johns offers a strong and vibrant economic base and a great place for form or purchase a business and lifestyle for you and your family. Give us a call at (904) 415-8489 for more demographic or economic information or to see what possibilities our area holds for your future.
About our Beaches:
Situated on the southernmost tip of Anastasia Island, Crescent Beach is a wildlife refuge and is one of the most unspoiled beaches in Florida. You’re likely to see visiting manatee in the waters adjacent to the bridge.
Location: Just drive south on A1A and stop when you find the bridge over paradise!
St. Augustine Beach: Anastasia Island
Known as “the island beach”, St. Augustine Beach offers the St. Johns County Pier for fishing and sightseeing, pavilion for concerts, playground area with volleyball courts. You will find a Farmers Market on Wednesday and concerts at the pier during certain times of the year. The beach is central to parking, restaurants and shopping!
Location: Old A1A Beach Boulevard, Go south from State Road 312 at the St. Johns County Pier.
Anastasia State Park
Anastasia State Recreation Park is consists of 1,700-acres and five miles of beautiful beaches and bird sanctuary. You will find lifeguards, a bath house, concessions and beach rentals including kayaks, canoes and other small craft. A favorite among locals for hiking, biking and beaching, this is a no drive area of the beach with adjacent parking.
Location: 1340 A1A South, located the St. Augustine Lighthouse and the Surf Station, just down from the Alligator Farm. There are entry fees: $8.00 per car per day.
Vilano Beach and Usina Beach
Just to the north of our fair city and over the bridge is Vilano Beach, a local favorite and the vintage inspired village of Vilano! A fishing pier and restaurants and bars are central to this tiny town which has big offerings in terms of special beaches. Among the best of our beaches for shelling, you can also charter a fishing boat from the Camachee Cove marina or pier. Vehicles are allowed in certain areas.
Usina Beach, slightly north, offers a more serene ocean environment, campsites and some of our finest seafood restaurants. In addition you will find boat ramps and some of the most fabulous sunsets facing the intracoastal!
South Ponte Vedra Beach AND Guana River State Park
Slightly more north, South Ponte Vedra Beach offers upscale condos, resorts and stylish homes near the is PGA Tour, the Players Championship and the Association of Tennis Professionals Tour. Outside of the resorts, beach access is limited here except for the Guana River area. The park is a 2,000 acre endangered species sanctuary along a stretch of beach about 4 miles long. Pets are prohibited on the beach in this area. There are two public access beaches with parking lots and dune crossovers. The park is open from 8am until sundown and is not to be missed for nature lovers.
Location: 2690 S. Ponte Vedra Boulevard,Ponte Vedra.