Activities: St. Augustine Beach

St. Augustine Beach

Everyone knows that Florida is the best place in the country to visit for fun in the sun and a vacation near the surf. St. Augustine is renowned for its rich history and culture, and a phenomenal place to visit for a Florida beach vacation. On this page we’ve compiled a bit of information on the many beaches in and around St. Augustine, including St. Augustine Beach itself. St. John’s County, Florida’s vacation entertainment, wonderful culture and unspoiled beauty combine to make St. Augustine one of the best places to visit in the country.

St. Augustine Beach is perhaps the best known beach in St. John’s County and always a family favorite. Located four miles south of the downtown region of the Old City, St. Augustine beach is a great place to enjoy the sun and sand. Fishing and vehicular access are both allowed but vehicle access does require a fee.

Anastasia Island State Park, located on the St. Augustine inlet, is approximately 1 mile from the downtown region of St. Augustine. Located along Highway A1A, the state park is a great place to enjoy outdoor activities and the beautiful scenery. Windsurfing, kayaking, hiking, biking and camping are all available at Anastasia Island State Park. Keep in mind that lifeguards are staffed only seasonally at the beach, and driving is prohibited along this beach.

Crescent Beach is also located on Anastasia Island along Highway A1A. This small beach is just three miles south of St. Augustine beach and features great places to enjoy a picnic during the day. Further along south on Highway A1A is also Matanzas Beach, on the Matanzas Inlet. This beach offers vehicle access, off beach parking and plenty of beautiful sands. Fort Matanzas is also located across the street.

North of downtown St. Augustine are the St. John’s County beaches like Vilano Beach, Usina Beach, Surfside Beach, Mickler’s Landing and Ponte Vedra Beach. Vilano Beach is a popular place to launch watercraft and a renowned beach for sunbathing. Usina Beach is a private beach area in which a pass and four wheel drive is required, however this beach is a popular spot for various activities and always a great place to check out if you can. Surfside Beach is located about a mile from Vilano Beach along Highway A1A, and is a beach in which horseback riding is allowed. For more horseback riding, visitors should visit Mickler’s Landing, located at the south tip of Ponte Vedra Beach. Mickler’s Landing is a beautiful, coquina beach that is always open to horseback riding, making it a special place to enjoy.

To learn more about the St. Augustine beach ecology and wildlife be sure to stop by the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, better known as GTMNERR. The GTMNERR is located between Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine along Highway A1A and offers excellent education opportunities as well as hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The beaches in this area are typically a bit quieter than others in the area and visitors have been known to see the occasional whale or two.

The St Augustine Florida Public Beaches are just one of the many great St. Augustine outdoor attractions. Browse through our site to learn more about fun things to do while on your St. Augustine vacation getaway and be sure to book your room at our St. Augustine bed and breakfast today! We offer a variety of packages and have several unique and special rooms available for lodging. Contact us today.

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