St. Johns County Beaches
|Sea turtle nesting season - May 1 to October 31|
Fort Matanzas Vehicle Access Ramp and Parking Lot Closed April 15-30 – The Fort Matanzas beach vehicle access ramp and the associated parking lot will be closed April 15-30 for ramp demolition and sand replacement. During this project there will be no pedestrian or vehicle access to the beach from this parking lot. All other Fort Matanzas beach access parking lots, beach access boardwalks, and the Matanzas River beach are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The beach vehicle access ramp is scheduled for replacement in fall/winter 2019. This improvement project is the result of a partnership between St. Johns County and the National Park Service to restore vehicular beach access. For additional information, please call 904.209.0599.
Toll Booths Open – From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on-beach driving passes will be for sale at area toll booths. Daily fees for the 2019 beach season are $10 or $5 for handicap and active military. Annual passes are $50 for residents, $100 for non-residents, and $40 for a handicap pass. Disabled military are eligible for a free annual pass by presenting military ID or a letter from Veterans Affairs verifying disabled status. Lifeguards will begin limited duty in March, with full lifeguard coverage beginning Memorial Day Weekend. For more info, contact Danielle Fountain at firstname.lastname@example.org or 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.
Sea Turtle Nesting Season Rules – To comply with regulations that protect the turtles, beach driving and lighting rules are in effect May 1 to October 31. Vehicular traffic on the beach is only allowed from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and all beachfront properties are required to reduce the impact of interior and exterior lighting which may impact nesting sea turtles. Sea Turtle Nesting Season, Volunteer Opportunities and Share the Beach.
Volunteers with the St. Johns County Sea Turtle and Beach Steward Program – St. Johns County is seeking volunteers to survey wrack lines to recover stranded washback sea turtles and conduct beach cleanups from August through November. Be a Sea Turtle Washback Program Volunteer!
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.
- 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) 209-0341.