St. Johns County Beaches

Announcements

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

On-beach Driving and Swimming Restricted at Vilano Beach – On-beach driving is prohibited and swimming will be limited at Vilano Beach on May 1 and 2 for the Pro Watercross National Tour. Parking and traffic flow in the Vilano Beach area will also be impacted for the duration of the event. In addition, Vilano Beach visitors are encouraged to avoid swimming in the course set up area from Vilano Road to the southern jetties on Friday, April 30. Pro Watercross National Tour spectators are encouraged to find alternative modes of transportation and parking locations. Porpoise Point beach access will remain open and accessible for four-wheel drive vehicles. 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.

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.