St. Johns County Beaches
St. Johns County North Beach 4x4 Permit Driving Program Reinstated beginning September 27 – The North Beach 4x4 permit driving program will be reinstated beginning Monday, September 27, after being temporarily suspended during the renourishment project in the Vilano Beach area. This program allows for permitted vehicles beach access between Surfside Park and the Usina access ramp. North Beach drivers must obtain a permit by completing Protected Species Training, have a current annual pass affixed to the passenger side of windshield, and ensure their vehicle is 4x4 or all-wheel drive (no ATVs, motorcycles, etc.). For more information on the program and requirements please visit www.sjcfl.us/HCP/Driving.aspx or call 904-209-0619.
The Beach Brief – An E-newsletter for Timely Updates on St. Johns County Beach Projects – St. Johns County remains dedicated to providing our residents, visitors, and businesses with timely and accurate information regarding current and upcoming St. Johns County beach projects. The monthly “Beach Brief” provides subscribers with an overview of beach renourishment, dune enhancement, and other major coastal projects. To sign up for “The Beach Brief” e-newsletter, please visit https://bit.ly/TheBeachBrief.
On-beach Driving – Vehicles are permitted on the beach between 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Beach passes are not required for vehicle access from October through February. Please help maintain safe driving practices on St. Johns County beaches by complying with the following rules:
- Vehicular traffic must remain in the designated driving lanes as identified by cones.
- Parking is allowed on the west side of the driving lane between the cones and the dune.
- Parking on Vilano Beach is parallel parking only on the east side of the driving lane.
- The maximum vehicular speed allowed on the beach is 10 mph.
- Vehicles may not enter the beach at the Fort Matanzas Ramp.
- All vehicles are required to stop at all beach ramps and yield to all pedestrians.
- Soft sand conditions may exist and only 4x4 vehicles may be allowed on some beaches.
Beach driving conditions are expected to change throughout the day at each access ramp. For the most up-to-date information on beach access and driving conditions, download the Reach the Beach mobile app, or follow St. Johns County Beaches on Facebook or Twitter (@SJCBeaches).
2021 Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins in May – The beaches of St. Johns County are home to several species of endangered or threatened sea turtles. Residents and visitors have a special opportunity and responsibility to protect these magnificent creatures and their vulnerable nesting sites as they return each season to nest along the beaches. 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. All beachfront properties are required to reduce their impact by eliminating interior and exterior lights which may disrupt nesting sea turtles. Volleyball court lights at St. Johns County Pier Park will turn on at sunset and turn off at 9 p.m. Learn Turtle Season rules and ways you can have a positive impact: 2021 Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins in May
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.
- Interactive Map of Beach Access Points | PDF Map of Beach Access Points
- Beach Access Updates on Twitter & Facebook
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.
For more information about our beautiful beaches, contact Beach Services at (904) 209-0331.