St. Johns County Beaches
Tortuga Beach Walkover Project – The proposed project would create a new public beach access point as well as parking, restrooms, changing rooms, showers, and a washdown station at 7740 A1A S., St. Augustine. Tortuga Beach Walkover Project
Annual Beach Driving Passes On Sale Now – St. Johns County annual beach driving passes are on sale now. St. Johns County resident passes are $50, non-resident passes are $100, and ADA-accessible passes are $40. Passes are available at several locations. For more information, visit the Beach Driving Passes page.
Vilano Beach Pier to Undergo Maintenance – Beginning Monday, Dec. 5, the Vilano Beach Pier, located at 260 Vilano Road, St. Augustine, will undergo maintenance, including resurfacing and pressure washing. The project is anticipated to last four weeks. Portions of the Vilano Beach Pier will remain open during this time for public use. For more information, please call 904.209.0331.
Current Beach Conditions – Automated information which is updated as conditions change (904) 209-0331.
- Beach Access Updates on Twitter & Facebook
- Reach the Beach Mobile App or Reach the Beach Mobile Website
- Interactive Map of Beach Access Points | Beach Access Maps
2022 St. Johns County Beach Season – For an enjoyable day at the beach, please review the following information and webpage links for more details.
- Passes & Fees – Beginning March 1, toll booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all St. Johns County on-beach driving access ramps. All vehicles wanting to enter the beach will need to purchase a beach pass between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sales at the toll booths are cash only. Daily passes cost $10 for County residents and non-residents. Disabled and active military are $5. >> Beach Passes
- Access & Parking – There is no charge to park at any county-owned off-beach parking locations.
>> Beach Access
- Driving Conditions & Policies – Whether you have an annual pass or a day pass, beach access will be denied if vehicle recommendations are not met. Vehicular beach access is solely dependent on beach conditions and can change throughout the day. 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. >> Beach Rules & Safe Driving
- Beach Safety – Lifeguards will begin limited patrols on Sunday, Mar. 6, with full lifeguard coverage starting Memorial Day Weekend. Warning flags are in place along the beach to keep visitors aware of current water and surf conditions. >> Beach Safety
- Current Beach Information – For the most up-to-date information, download the Reach the Beach Mobile App, or follow St. Johns County Beaches on Facebook or Twitter.
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.
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.
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.
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 notice is required to reserve a wheelchair. To make a reservation, please call (904) 209-0331.
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.
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. Habitat Conservation
The St. Johns County Coastal Management team, now housed in the Disaster Recovery Department, is responsible for engineered beach projects. Coastal Management coordinates with the public and funding and regulatory agencies to ensure the successful implementation of coastal projects that preserve and enhance the beaches of St. Johns County. Coastal Management
For more information about our beautiful beaches, contact Beach Services at (904) 209-0331.