St. Augustine Beaches

Enjoy Sun & Sand on Your Coastal Vacation

St. Augustine Beach

If you're looking to be in the center of it all, St. Augustine Beach is a great choice for your family beach day! Beachgoers will appreciate the close proximity to the St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park which includes the St. Johns County Ocean & Fishing Pier, splash pad, a beachfront pavillion, sand volleyball courts, restrooms, and free parking. You can also access the pier to sightsee or fish for a small fee. Driving is permitted on the beach within certain areas and is dependent on weather. For information about fees and permits, visit the St. Johns County site.


The wide beach at St. Augustine Beach makes it perfect for all of your beach day activities from lounging to building sandcastles to participating in watersports. 

Crescent Beach

Located just south of St. Augustine, Crescent Beach provides locals and visitors a chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life. The name comes from the beach's natural "C" shape of the coastline. With its "old Florida" vibe, you'll find this the perfect family-friendly spot to enjoy a quiet beach day with loved ones. Walk the white sand beach or take a dip in the refreshing ocean water, whatever you do, there's plenty to make the most of your beach day here. Driving is permitted on the beach with a permit.


At the center of Crescent Beach, you'll find a beachfront park with gazebos, restrooms, and parking. You're also not too far from the area's best shops and restaurants. 

Butler Beach

Frank B. Butler County Park also known as Butler Beach is located just two miles south of St. Augustine Beach, on Anastasia Island. This beautiful white sand beach is dedicated to preserving the fragile dune system that is home to the endangered Anastasia Island Beach Mouse and gopher tortoise. This beach is a great option for those who prefer a more quiet setting. The park includes free parking, restrooms, showers, grills, and picnic pavillions. Dogs are also allowed at Butler Beach but must be leashed at all times. Vehicles are allowed on the beach for a fee.


While providing a relaxing atmosphere for beachgoers, Butler Beach is also rich in history. It played a significant role during the civil rights movement and was named after Frank B. Butler, a local African-American businessman, and leader in St. Augustine's civil rights movement. In 1927, Butler purchased oceanfront property on Anastasia Island so that African Americans would be able to enjoy the beach. 

Vilano Beach

On the north side of Matanzas Inlet, you'll find the charming town of Vilano Beach. This beach is popular amongst surfers, skimboarders, and kiteboarders as the landscape provides the perfect conditions for these water sports. Dogs are welcome at Vilano Beach, but must be leashed at all times. Locals especially enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Vilano Beach which makes it a favorite location to unwind.


And don't forget to hit up the town of Vilano Beach after a day on the beach! You'll find incredible restaurants and the Vilano Beach Pier. Make the most out of your St. Augustine vacation and live like a local at Vilano Beach!

Anastasia State Park

Anastasia State Park offers an unforgettable experience for all! With over 1,600 acres of beaches, tidal marshes, maritime hammocks, and sand dunes to explore, Anastasia State Park is a must when visiting the Historic First Coast. For nature lovers, this is an ideal spot for wildlife watching and birding. The park is located on The Great Florida Wildlife and Birding Trail which gives birdwatchers ample opportunities to spot a variety of species from black skimmers, great blue heron, wood stork, woodpeckers, warblers, and much more!


From hiking the Ancient Dunes Nature Trail and paddling along the Salt Run, the activities for your family to partake in at Anastasia State Park are endless. The park is open year-round from 8 a.m. to sundown and admission fees apply