St Johns County Beach Services Updates

Beach Rules

SJC beach visitors are able to enjoy a wide range of activities. While at the beach, please be considerate of the environment, the animals that live there, and other beach goers. It will help ensure the beaches are a joy both now and for years to come.

Prohibited Items / Activities

  • No loud music.
    Music may not be heard more than 25 feet from its source.
  • Alcoholic beverages & glass containers prohibited.
  • Open fires prohibited.
    Heated objects (coals, etc.) must be disposed of properly.
  • Fireworks prohibited.
  • Unleashed animals prohibited. Please clean up after your animals.
  • No soliciting, canvassing, or commercial activities.
  • Motorized boats may not launch from the Atlantic Ocean Beach.

Vehicle Rules

  • Beach driving / parking hours are 8:00 am to 7:30 pm during sea turtle season (May 1 – October 31).
  • Vehicle traffic must remain in designated driving lanes as identified by cones.
  • Park only on the west side of the lane between cones and conservation zone.
  • Vehicle speed limit is no faster than 10 mph on the beach.
  • All vehicles are required to stop at all beach ramps and yield to all pedestrians.
  • Traffic is southbound only between A street Ramp and Crescent Beach Ramp.

Rules to Protect Natural Resources

  • Fill all holes left by sandcastle building, tire ruts, etc.
  • Do not leave anything on the beach overnight.
    Includes tents, chairs, catamarans, trailers, personal items.
  • Use designated walkovers to cross dunes.
  • Do not remove beach sand or vegetation.
  • No activities are allowed within the Conservation Zone. CZ is designated by brown signs.
  • Harassing animals is strictly prohibited.
  • Reduce beach front lighting. Turn off or shield lights, draw curtains.
  • Lanterns and flashlights are strictly prohibited during sea turtle season (May 1 – October 31).


For more information about St. Johns County Parks and Recreation, beaches, pavilion rentals, and beach wheelchair program, please call (904) 209-0341. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Please allow up to 72 hours for a response.

turtle on sand
sea turtle on beach