St Johns County Beach Services Updates

Share the Beach

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Rules – To comply with regulations that protect the turtles, beach driving and lighting rules are in effect May 1 to October 31. Vehicular traffic on the beach is only allowed from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and all beachfront properties are required to reduce the impact of interior and exterior lighting which may impact nesting sea turtles. You can get more information about Sea Turtle Nesting Season and the Habitat Conservation Program on the St. Johns County website @

Please report all dead, injured, stranded turtles and hatchlings or anyone harassing sea turtles or their nests to 1-888-404-FWCC.

St. Johns County beaches are home to a wide varitey of wildlife including protected species such as sea turtles, Anastasia Island Beach Mice, and Least Terns. Follow these simple guidelines to share the beach.

  • Use designated walkovers. Please stay off dunes and vegetation.
  • Limit driving time on the beach; exit beach at nearest ramp.
  • Stay out of Conservation Zone (15 feet seaward of the dune line).
  • At the end of your visit fill holes left by sand castles and tire tracks.
  • Do not leave beach chairs or canopies on the beach overnight.
  • Reduce litter and marine debris – dispose of trash properly.
  • Pick up any fishing line and plastic that you see, and participate in beach clean-ups.
  • Never approach sea turtles. Nesting females are vulnerable and timid, and can be easily frightened away.
  • Remember: Leave only your footprints in the sand.


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.

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