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 Beaches Closed to Public Access In order to protect public health, safety, and welfare and maximize compliance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-68, all public beaches in St. Johns County are closed to public access under the local state of emergency, effective 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, and will remain closed until further notice.

"We have taken as many measures as possible up to this point to preserve our residents' ability to access their beach. Unfortunately, those visiting the beach continue to ignore CDC guidelines regarding crowd size and personal distancing. In order to maintain public safety and respect the State of Florida's Executive Order, we had no choice but to close the coastline to public access today," said Hunter S. Conrad, St. Johns County Administrator. "We will continue to be methodical in our approach to closings related to COVID-19, and like every decision we have made to this point, we will open the beaches at the appropriate time when it is safe to do so."

The determination to close all public beaches is based upon a recommendation to reduce health risks associated with COVID-19 and beach overcrowding by the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the St. Augustine Beach Police Department, the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, St. Johns County Emergency Management, and local health officials. All boat ramps, parks, green spaces, and trails remain open for the public to safely enjoy. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Public Beach Parking Lots Closed In order to maximize compliance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-68, all public beach parking lots in St Johns County are closed under the local state of emergency, effective 6 a.m. on Monday, March 23 and will remain closed until further notice.

“After evaluating near record beach attendance over the weekend and consulting with local law enforcement officials, it is clear that the county needs to take additional steps to further reduce the size of the crowds on our beaches,” said Hunter S. Conrad. “Our goal is to allow the beaches to remain as accessible as possible to our residents, while still observing CDC guidelines and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our community.”

The determination to close all public beach parking lots is based upon a recommendation to reduce health risks associated with COVID-19 and beach overcrowding by the St Johns County Sheriff’s Office, the St Augustine Beach Police Department, St Johns County Emergency Management, and local health officials.

While pedestrian access to St Johns County beaches remains accessible, please limit gatherings to no more than 10 persons and maintain a minimum distance of six feet between other parties in compliance with CDC guidelines. Vehicular access to all St Johns County beaches remains prohibited until further notice. For more information, please call 904.824.5550. Please see the St. Johns County COVID-19 Closures & Cancellations page for all Parks and Recreation status updates on facilities, programming, beach access and parking.


Beach Toll Booths Open March 1 Beginning March 1, toll booths will be open at St. Johns County on-beach driving access points. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on-beach driving passes will be for sale at area toll booths. Daily passes are available to purchase at the booths at $10 for County residents and non- residents, and $5 for handicapped and active military. Annual passes are also offered at $50 for County residents, $100 for non-residents, $40 for handicapped, and free with identification for disabled veterans. Lifeguards will begin limited patrols in March, with full lifeguard coverage beginning Memorial Day Weekend. For more information, please call 904.209.0752.

Fort Matanzas Beach Ramp Reconstruction – Reconstruction of the Fort Matanzas Beach Ramp is scheduled to be complete in May. The ramp was damaged during Hurricane Matthew, ceasing all vehicular access. The parking lot and pedestrian access to the beach will be restricted for the duration of the construction project. For more information, call 904.209.0341.

Ocean and Fishing Pier Closure – The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier will be closed through May 2020 for repairs and rehabilitation. The north beach access point adjacent to the pier will also be closed, and access to the beach near the pier will be intermittently restricted during this time. The beach access point south of the pier, gift shop, visitor information center, splash park, parking lot, and other park facilities will remain accessible to the public. For more information on the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier, please contact 904.209.0326.

2020 Beach Driving Passes On Sale Now – St. Johns County Beach Driving Passes are on sale and make great stocking stuffers for the holiday season. St. Johns County resident passes are $50, non-resident passes are $100, and handicap passes are $40. Passes will be available during normal business hours at various locations. Beach Driving Passes

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 contact Cathy Strickland (904) 209-0341.

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

During Sea Turtle Nesting Season (May 1-October 31), get the latest sea turtle nesting & hatching info! Turtle Tracks.

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) 209-0341.