Share the Beach
|Gopher Tortoise (look for claws)||Sea Turtle (look for flippers)|
|Gopher Tortoises and Sea Turtles are found on our beaches and often mistaken for each other.|
Check out our Share the Beach brochure (26MB). St. Johns County's guide to sharing and protecting the beaches.
Tips for Sharing the Beach
- Use designated walkovers. Please stay off dunes and vegetation.
- Avoid entering sand dunes and conservation zones (15 feet seaward of the dune line).
- Remove ruts and sand castles at the end of your beach day.
- Stay out of Conservation Zone, 15 feet seaward of the dune line.
- Do not leave beach chairs or canopies on the beach overnight.
- Refrain from using fireworks and open fires.
- Refrain from releasing balloons, as they can fall into the ocean and harm marine life.
- Transient lighting such as flashlights are prohibited on the beach unless being used for safety reasons.
- Reduce litter and marine debris – dispose of trash properly. Pick up any fishing line and plastic that you see and participate in beach clean-ups.
- Never approach sea turtles emerging from or returning to the sea. Nesting females are vulnerable and timid, and can be easily frightened away.
- Please report all dead, injured, stranded turtles and hatchlings or anyone harassing sea turtles or their nests to:
- FWC: 1-888-404-FWCC
- St. Johns County Sheriff 904-824-8304
- Remember: Leave only your footprints in the sand.