Nease Beachfront Park

Dune WalkoverLocation & Hours

3171 Coastal Highway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Location Map

Open Daily, 8 a.m. to Sunset


For educational field trips and wildlife information contact Kelly Ussia at (904) 209-0335 or


  • Parking
  • Beach Access
  • Bathroom
  • Shower
  • Picnic Tables
  • Bocce Ball Court
  • Nature Trail (Paved)
  • Boardwalk and Scenic Overlook
  • Butterfly Garden



Native plants and treesNease Beachfront Park is a Florida Communities Trust Park and contains 3.2 acres of land located on A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway in the Vilano Waterfront Community. Those who visit the park can enjoy lovely views of the salt mash as well as soak up some sun at the beach. There is also a historic home on the site that was once the residence of Allen Nease.

Enjoy Friend and Family Outings
Visitors to the park can enjoy a diverse day of activities. The boardwalk and scenic overlook into the marsh provide the perfect setting for bird watching and butterflies are abundant in the butterfly garden. Family and friends can enjoy a game of bocce ball, or a picnic at the nicely shaded tables. You can also cross A1A and relax on one of our beautiful County beaches and when done, stop in the Nease House to shower off the sand and salt water.

Experience Natural Florida
This site is home to very unique Florida ecosystems. You can experience the beach and coastal dunes where from May 1 to October 31 you may even get to see sea turtle nests. For learn more about sea turtle nesting season, please visit the Habitat Conservation Section. Other cool animals you may find are gopher tortoises and black racers which call the coastal scrub and live oak hammock home. While wading birds such as the roseate spoonbills and wood storks often visit the marsh that extends out to the Tolomato and can be viewed from the scenic overlook.

Historical Homestead
This site was home to Allen Nease, a professional forester who later became the Chairman of the St. Johns County School Board. The wooden house was built in the 1950s almost entirely of native pine and bald cypress, reflecting Nease’s background as a forester. As a forester, he planted over 55 million pine trees throughout north Florida, earning him the nickname "Johnny Pine Tree." Later in his career as the Chairman of the School Board one of his biggest accomplishments was winning the battle to build and develop what is now known as the First Coast Technical College.

Visiting with your dog?

Leashed dogs are welcome in County parks. Please remember to clean up after your four-legged friend.
[Per County Ordinance 2005-114 domesticated dogs are allowed in County Parks and must be kept on a leash. Every individual who brings their dogs into a County Park shall be responsible for the removal and sanitary disposition of any excreta deposited by the animal anywhere within the County Park.]


For educational field trips and wildlife information contact Kelly Ussia at (904) 209-0335 or

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