St. Johns County Beaches
News & Announcements
Vilano Beach and Porpoise Point Vehicular Access Closed for Sand Placement Project – Vehicular beach access will not be permitted at Vilano Beach and Porpoise Point beginning April 1, 2017 due to the Army Corps of Engineers and the Florida Inland Navigation District sand placement project. The project is scheduled to be completed by June. As heavy equipment and large pipes will be present on Vilano Beach and Porpoise Point, pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution when visiting the beaches during this time. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mickler's Landing Beachfront Park Open to the Public – Mickler's Landing Beachfront Park has reopened to the public after being closed for Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts. The park offers off-beach parking and pedestrian access to Ponte Vedra Beach at 1109 Ponte Vedra Boulevard. St. Johns County would like to thank residents and beach visitors for their patience during the brief closure.
Beach Open to Vehicles between Ocean Trace Road and Dondanville Road – St. Johns County has reopened vehicular beach access between the Ocean Trace Road Ramp and the Dondanville Road Ramp. Vehicular access will be permitted from 8 a.m. through 7:30 p.m. daily. Drivers are reminded to follow the 10 mph speed limit, stay within the designated driving lane, and park on the west side of the driving lane. Beach access for horseback riding continues to be suspended until access at Mary Street has been restored.
North Beach and Surfside Pedestrian Access Only – Due to the ongoing access from coastal construction equipment surfside is only open to pedestrian access. North beach and Equestrian permit holder access is suspended until further notice.
Beach Access Points & Updates
- Reach the Beach Mobile Website with Beach Access Updates.
- Interactive Map of Beach Access Points | PDF Map of Beach Access Points
- Beach Access Updates on Twitter & Facebook
Beach Wheelchairs – To help make our beaches more accessible, beach wheelchairs are available at no charge, on a first come first serve basis. Please note that three days advance notification is required to reserve a wheelchair. To make a reservation, please contact Katie Martyn at (904) 209-0752.
Current Beach Conditions – Automated information line which is updated as conditions change (904) 209-0331.
Get the latest sea turtle nesting & hatching info! Turtle Tracks.
With over 40 miles of scenic coastline, St. Johns County beaches offer some of the best recreational and wildlife viewing opportunities in the beautiful State of Florida. Just minutes from the historic district of downtown St. Augustine residents and visitors can park off-beach and walk, sunbathe, fish or enjoy wildlife viewing along endless miles of pristine coastline or park directly on the sand and enjoy a dip in the surf near one of the several staffed lifeguard towers.
Our beaches have several miles of coquina and white soft sand beaches set against a backdrop of natural dunes topped with sea oats. Our Beaches are a popular location to hold special events such as weddings, parties, marathons and other events of similar nature. St. Johns County offers many beach front parks and has easy access to most of its beaches.
St. Johns County is home to a variety of wildlife including several species of endangered or threatened sea turtles, the native Anastasia Island beach mice, gopher tortoises, and shorebirds. Each spring our beaches our buzzing with activity as sea turtles, beach mice, gopher tortoises, and shorebirds use our beaches and dunes for nesting and foraging that continues throughout the summer months. Sea turtle nesting season is from May 1 – October 31. Those who live and visit St. Johns County have a special opportunity and responsibility to protect these magnificent creatures and their vulnerable nesting and feeding habitat.
To find out more about St. Johns County protected species and their habitat please go to the Habitat Conservation web pages.
For more information about our beautiful beaches, contact Beach Services at (904) 209-0331.