St. Johns County Beaches

Announcements

COVID-19 UPDATES: For Information regarding St. Johns County's response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including closures, cancellations, and access to facilities please visit our St. Johns County Corona Virus (COVID-19) Response site.


St. Johns County Cautions Beachgoers of Forecasted Weekend Nor'easter St. Johns – County beaches are forecasted to experience unusually high surf and tides, dangerous currents, and strong winds along the coastline beginning Saturday, September 19, through early next week as a result of a nor'easter. Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to exercise extreme caution and avoid ocean swimming during this time. Some pedestrian access points may be affected, and on-beach driving may be restricted at access ramps due to tidal flooding. In addition, coastal flooding and erosion may occur throughout the duration of this inclement weather event. Please download the Reach the Beach mobile app for daily beach access updates, or follow St. Johns County Beaches on Facebook or Twitter (@SJCBeaches). For more information, please call 904.209.0331.

Vilano Beach Driving Access and Surfside Park Parking Lot Closed –  Due to a beach renourishment project that will restore critically-eroded shoreline and dunes, vehicular access to Vilano Beach is restricted and the Surfside Park parking lot and pedestrian beach access point will be closed. On-beach driving, horseback riding, and commercial fishing are restricted from Vilano Beach to Serenata Ocean Villas. The project is scheduled to be complete in early 2021. For more information, please call 904.209.0260. Beach Renourishment Project Status

County Park, Recreational, and Beach Facilities Now Open for Private Reservations and Rentals –  Facilities open for reservations and rentals include park and beach pavilions, beach volleyball courts, athletic fields, tennis, pickleball, and paddleball courts, and fairgrounds and recreation center amenities. In addition, private beach events, including weddings, are now permitted. Park and recreational facility reservations may be made online by visiting http://www.sjcfl.us/Recreation/pavilions.aspx or calling 904.209.0333. Private beach event permits and beach facility reservations may be obtained by visiting http://www.sjcfl.us/Beaches/reserve.aspx or calling 904.209.0752. St. Johns County Fairgrounds facility reservations may be made by calling 904.209.0332.

Sea Turtle Nesting Season – The beaches of St. Johns County are home to several species of endangered or threatened sea turtles. Sea turtle nesting season begins May 1, and St. Johns County officials are asking residents, visitors, and businesses to help protect natural habitat by observing all nesting season laws and regulations. Sea Turtle Season | Get the latest sea turtle nesting & hatching info! Turtle Tracks.

2020 Annual Beach Driving Passes Extended The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners has extended all 2020 annual passes through the 2021 beach season. All passes purchased prior to the on-beach driving restrictions and for the remainder of the season are included in the extension. For more information, please call 904.209.0752.

Reach the Beach Mobile App – Spend less time in the car and more time on the beach with quick access to beach driving conditions, access and facility locations, and lifeguard information. Download the free app in the App Store or Google Play. For more information, call 904.209.0331. Reach the Beach Mobile App.

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 notifice is required to reserve a wheelchair. To make a reservation, please call  (904) 209-0331.

Current BeachConditions Automated information which is updated as conditions change (904) 209-0331.

Recreational Opportunities

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.

Habitat Conservation

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.

Find out more about St. Johns County protected species and their habitat.

More Information

For more information about our beautiful beaches, contact Beach Services at (904) 209-0331.