St. Johns County Beaches

Announcements

St. Johns County Beach Driving Passes Go on Sale December 6 – Beach passes go on sale Monday, December 6, and make great stocking stuffers for the holiday season. St. Johns County resident passes are $50, non-resident passes are $100, and handicap passes are $40. Passes will be available during normal business hours at the following locations through March 1, 2022:

  • Tax Collector’s Main Office – 4030 Lewis Speedway, St. Augustine
  • Tax Collector’s DuPont Center – 6658 US1 South, St. Augustine
  • Tax Collector’s Julington Creek Office – 725 Flora Branch Blvd, St. Johns
  • Tax Collector’s Ponte Vedra Office – 151 Sawgrass Corners Dr., Ponte Vedra Beach
  • St. Johns County Beach Services Office – 901 Pope Rd., St. Augustine
  • St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier Gift Shop – 350 A1A Blvd., St. Augustine

Residents must present a valid I.D. with a St. Johns County address or present proof of property tax payments in St. Johns County to purchase a resident pass. A handicap hangtag or proof of qualification must be presented when requesting a handicap pass. Disabled military members are eligible for a free annual pass by showing their military I.D. or a letter from Veterans Affairs verifying disabled status. Resident, non-resident, and handicap passes are also available for purchase online through our Online Reservation System. Delivery for passes purchased online may take up to two weeks. Vehicles accessing the beach do not need a beach pass until March 1, 2022. After March 1, 2022, beach passes will be available for purchase (at the same rate) at tollbooth locations and online.

For more information about annual beach driving passes, please call the St. Johns County Beach Services Office at 904-209-0331.

St. Johns County Commissioners Take Steps to Address Nor’easter Damage – The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners is taking steps to address the damage caused by the recent nor’easter. During the November 16, 2021 regular meeting, the board of county commissioners unanimously voted to approve $120,000 to repair the South Ponte Vedra Beach Park dune walkover and pavilion. “The nor’easter made the walkover and the pavilion in South Ponte Vedra Beach unusable for public access,” said Ryan Kane, Director of St. Johns County Parks & Recreation. “The funding approved today will help us restore this public amenity for all to enjoy.”

Additionally, county commissioners voted to authorize the Emergency Temporary Coastal Armoring Property Owner Permit Application Package under Florida statute. Following a coastal storm event, authorizing this statute allows eligible property owners to apply for temporary emergency structure permits. Applications need to be submitted within 30 days from the initial coastal event. Properties built after March 17, 1985, are not eligible. Complete List of Eligibility Requirements

Fort Matanzas Beach Access Ramp and Parking Lot Reopen – The FEMA dune enhancement project adjacent to the Fort Matanzas beach access ramp is complete. The Fort Matanzas beach access ramp and parking lot have reopened for public use. Beach driving conditions remain tide-dependent, and visitors are encouraged to check the Reach the Beach mobile app or follow @SJCBeaches on Facebook or Twitter for daily driving updates.

St. Johns County North Beach 4x4 Permit Driving Program Reinstated beginning September 27 – The North Beach 4x4 permit driving program will be reinstated beginning Monday, September 27, after being temporarily suspended during the renourishment project in the Vilano Beach area. This program allows for permitted vehicles beach access between Surfside Park and the Usina access ramp. North Beach drivers must obtain a permit by completing Protected Species Training, have a current annual pass affixed to the passenger side of windshield, and ensure their vehicle is 4x4 or all-wheel drive (no ATVs, motorcycles, etc.). For more information on the program and requirements please visit www.sjcfl.us/HCP/Driving.aspx or call 904-209-0619.

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.

On-beach Driving – Vehicles are permitted on the beach between 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Beach passes are not required for vehicle access from October through February. 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).

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

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 Beach Conditions 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.