The Best Beaches Near St. Augustine

You may know St. Augustine as a historic town, but the city has loads to offer besides its famous landmarks and old-world allure. One of its best features is its selection of amazing beaches. To help you get your head around all the options, here’s a breakdown of St. Augustine beaches from north to south and how to get to them.

South Ponte Vedra Beach / Mickler’s Landing

At the northernmost point of St. Augustine’s coastline, this long, beautiful beach has a full range of facilities, including bathrooms, showers, picnic tables, and grills. In summer, lifeguards are on duty and driving is allowed for a fee. 

How to get there

The best access point is Mickler’s Landing, which is about 15 miles north of St. Augustine on A1A.

Vilano Beach

This popular beach stretches from the charming town of Vilano Beach south to St. Augustine, and often has fabulous surfing conditions. The most popular area is at the southern end, just on the inlet, where the beach wraps around Porpoise Point. Here you’ll find facilities, lifeguards (in season), and parking.

How to get there

From the Historic District, drive on A1A across the Tolomato River. After about three miles, you’ll be in the beach area. The most common access point is at 2725 Anahma Drive.

Anastasia State Park

This state park has a lot to offer even if you’re not interested in the beach, but its four miles of white-sand shoreline is the highlight. It has just about everything, from watersports to restrooms and showers. There is even a restaurant, a watersports store, and a campground if you want to spend the night. For a vehicle with eight people or fewer, it’s $8 to enter, while entering solo will cost $4 if you’re in a car and $2 if you’re on a bike or walking.

How to get there

The park sits mostly on Conch Island, though the entrance, along with parking and other facilities, are across Salt Run, just off A1A about two miles south of the Bridge of Lions.

St. Augustine Beach

St. Augustine Beach is one of two main hot spots for beachfront fun in the city (Vilano Beach being the other). This is a lively recreational area, with most of the action happening at the northern end’s St. Johns County Ocean Pier. There is a whole host of facilities, from basic necessities to volleyball courts, bocce courts, and a splash park. Nearby shops, cafés, and restaurants welcome beachgoers.

How to get there

Continue for a short distance on A1A after the Anastasia State Park entrance. Signs for “St. Augustine Beach” will take you onto A1A Beach Boulevard, the main drag along St. Augustine Beach.

Butler Beach

Last on this list — but certainly not least — is Butler Beach. Named for Frank B. Butler, a leader who helped desegregate St. Augustine’s beaches, Butler Beach has less commercial activity and many protected sand dunes. The area has a more natural and untouched feel than vibrant St. Augustine Beach to the north, but all of the facilities you need are still there.

How to get there

Continue about four more miles on A1A after the turnoff for St. Augustine Beach and you’ll be at Frank Butler County Park, the most common access point.

Much more

This list is only an introduction to St. Augustine’s most famous beaches. Still further south is peaceful Crescent Beach, a local favorite. And with St. Augustine’s 42 miles of beach and abundant public access points, there are many discoveries to be made, so be sure to explore. When you’re ready to explore them for yourself, check the exclusive offers at St. George Inn and make sure you get the best rates.