St. Johns County Beaches

News & Announcements

Vilano Beach Closed to Vehicles – Effective Monday, August 29, Vilano Beach is closed to vehicular access for the immediate future due to increased erosion, rising surf, unusually high tides, and current and projected significant weather events impacting the coast this week. Vilano Beach remains open to pedestrian traffic, and Porpoise Point Beach remains accessible to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Vilano Beach Fishing Pier Closed – The Vilano Beach Fishing Pier, 260 Vilano Rd., is closed for safety enhancements. The pier is projected to reopen in spring 2017. Alternative fishing locations include Porpoise Point, surf fishing along the beaches, and the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. For more information, please call 904.209.0333. Vilano Beach Pier Project

Beach Access Points & Updates

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.

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.

To find out more about St. Johns County protected species and their habitat please go to the Habitat Conservation web pages.

More Information

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