St. Augustine beach basics
- Vilano Beach: Separated from the rest by the inlet, this beach is a great skim-boarding
destination as its shore is very steep.
- Anastasia State Recreation Area: The only beach where cars are banned. Also the only
beach where pets are banned. You win some, you lose some!
- St. Augustine Beach: Very popular and quite commercial, you're in the middle of The
Action. The beach is very rocky near the pier and swimming is not recommended due to
strong waves. Good for surfing though!
- Crescent Beach: A great family beach with nice, soft sand.
- Summerhaven Beach: At the far south of Anastasia Island, this is a "little-known secret" of
a beach, and also the widest on this stretch of coast.
PARKING, CARS AND ACCESS POINTS
- Free parking: at St. Augustine Beach
and Crescent Beach - but you'll need
to ar r ive ear ly to get a spot,
especially in the summer.
- Avoiding cars on the beach: Head to
Anastasia State Park (see page 58), or find a beach with particularly soft
sand (such as Summerhaven towards
the south of the island).
- Or - How to drive on the beach: to do
so from March 1st through Labor Day
you'll need a pass. Day passes are available, or choose a season pass if staying for more
than a week (more details online). Take note of the sand conditions, you'd lose all cool
points if your car gets stuck.
- Wheelchair access: Handicapped Beach Wheelchairs. These babies roll easily across the
sand, and are available for free rental (including delivery!) courtesy of St. Johns County. To arrange, call St. Johns County Beach Services Department at (904) 209-0752. First
come, first serve.