Share the Beach

Gopher Tortoise (look for claws) Sea Turtle (look for flippers)
Gopher Tortoises and Sea Turtles are found on our beaches and often mistaken for each other.

Check out our Share the Beach brochure (26MB). St. Johns County's guide to sharing and protecting the beaches.

Tips for Sharing the Beach

  • Use designated walkovers. Please stay off dunes and vegetation.
  • Avoid entering sand dunes and conservation zones (15 feet seaward of the dune line).
  • Remove ruts and sand castles at the end of your beach day.
  • Stay out of Conservation Zone, 15 feet seaward of the dune line.
  • Do not leave beach chairs or canopies on the beach overnight.
  • Refrain from using fireworks and open fires.
  • Refrain from releasing balloons, as they can fall into the ocean and harm marine life.
  • Transient lighting such as flashlights are prohibited on the beach unless being used for safety reasons.
  • Reduce litter and marine debris – dispose of trash properly. Pick up any fishing line and plastic that you see and participate in beach clean-ups.
  • Never approach sea turtles emerging from or returning to the sea. Nesting females are vulnerable and timid, and can be easily frightened away.
  • Please report all dead, injured, stranded turtles and hatchlings or anyone harassing sea turtles or their nests to:
    • FWC: 1-888-404-FWCC
    • St. Johns County Sheriff 904-824-8304
  • Remember: Leave only your footprints in the sand.

Leave only your footprints in the sand