St. Johns County Beaches

Announcements

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.

St. Johns County Surfside Park Reopens – Surfside Park, 3070 Coastal Highway, is now open after being closed due to a beach renourishment project. For more information on beach access, please visit www.sjcfl.us/Beaches/Access.aspx. For the most up-to-date information on St. Johns County beaches, download the Reach the Beach mobile app, or follow St. Johns County Beaches on Facebook or Twitter (@SJCBeaches).

On-beach Driving – Vehicles are permitted on the beach between 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Beach passes are required for vehicle access. Passes can be purchased with cash only at any beach access ramp. For information about beach passes, please visit www.sjcfl.us/Beaches/Passes. 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).

Lifeguards and Beach Flags – Lifeguards will be on duty at various locations on St. Johns County beaches from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting. In addition, Marine Rescue personnel will patrol the beaches on a regular basis.

Warning flags are in place along the beach to keep visitors aware of current water and surf conditions. Yellow flags indicate a medium hazard level that could include strong currents and surf. Red flags indicate a high hazard with stronger currents and more dangerous surf conditions. Purple flags indicate dangerous marine life in the area. The absence of a flag does not mean there is no danger, as beach visitors should always exercise caution when swimming in the ocean.

Rip currents are strong, fast-moving currents of water that move seaward from the shore. They may be recognized by a foamy, choppy surface and water that appears brown from sand being churned and moved rapidly out to sea. If you are caught in a rip current, the most important thing to remember is to remain calm. Swim parallel with the shoreline until you are out of the pull of the current and then swim toward shore. Those who are not strong swimmers are not recommended to go beyond knee level in the water.

Beach visitors are asked to observe flag colors, swim near a lifeguard, and call 911 in the event there is an emergency.

Stay Informed – For more information regarding St. Johns County beaches, please visit www.sjcfl.us/beaches, follow St. Johns County Beaches on Facebook or Twitter (@SJCBeaches), or call 904.209.0331.

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

Frank Butler Park East Open – Frank Butler Park East, 5860 A1A South, is now open after being closed for park improvements, including beach walkover maintenance, new landscaping, additional parking, and parking lot surface improvements. Bathroom renovations and the construction of sidewalks and ADA parking spaces are scheduled for completion in August and will not affect public access to the park. For more information on this project, please call Beach Services at 904.209.0331.

St. Johns County Beach Toll Booths Open – Toll booths are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all on-beach driving access ramps. Passes can be purchased at each toll booth. Daily passes are $10 for County residents and non-residents, and $5 for disabled and active military. Annual on-beach driving passes are $50 for County residents, $100 for non-residents, $40 for disabled visitors. Disabled veterans with identification may obtain annual passes at no cost. All 2020 annual on-beach driving passes have been extended through the 2021 season. If you purchased a 2020 on-beach driving pass, please retain your sticker as they cannot be replaced. Loss of a 2020 on-beach driving pass will require purchase a new sticker. Full lifeguard coverage beginning Memorial Day Weekend. For the most up-to-date information on beach access and driving conditions, please follow @SJCBeaches on Facebook and Twitter or download St. Johns County's Reach the Beach app.  For more information, please call 904.209.0331.

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.

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) 209-0331.