St Augustine Florida Beaches Within 20 Miles

St Augustine Florida Beaches

How did I choose St Augustine, with all these beautiful beaches nearby, to be my home for a whole month? When I searched for a warm climate in the United States for my November road trip from Maine I found the extraordinarily beautiful St Augustine on the northeast Atlantic coast. This town is overflowing with history, tortoises, and beautiful BEACHES!

 

St Augustine FL beach vacation with white sand beaches, beachcombing, surfing and sunshine

 

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that until a few weeks ago I couldn’t point out St Augustine FL on a map of the United States. Even if you told me to look on the north Atlantic coast of Florida, nope I wouldn’t have known. My excuse is that I grew up in Calgary Alberta and we didn’t study US history. Making up for my lack of knowledge I’m visiting historic sites of St Augustine during my time here.

After visiting Castillo de San Marcos I began to learn about the history of St Augustine and the fact that the fort is built from coquina (Spanish for tiny shell) quarried from Anastasia Island. You can read more about how coquina is formed here.

What I also found out is that St Augustine FL beaches are amazing in many ways. From the dunes, to bird watching, to sea turtles and gopher tortoises, these beaches are amazing. Whether you want to relax and watch the waves or get in the ocean to swim, surf, or paddle board you will the find a beach near St Augustine to suit your needs.

READ MORE: 40 Great Gopher Tortoise Facts – Fun Funny True Tortoise Info

Florida boasts some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world. St Augustine beaches have both soft white sand and course shell/pink sand beaches, and one beach is known for abundant sharks teeth finds by beachcombers.

Let’s take a look at your options for beaches near St Augustine.

 

Seashell with beach backdrop at South Ponte Vedra Beach FL

Seashell find at South Ponte Vedra Beach Florida

Beaches North of St Augustine FL

Vilano Beach Surfside Park

Distance from St Augustine: 3 miles (1.8 km)

 

Fishing poles line the beach awaiting a catch at Vilano Beach FL

Fishing setup at Vilano Beach Florida

 

Located at Surfside Ave on A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway. There is a small parking lot right at the beach access point so take of your shoes and enjoy the sand under your feet.

 

Vilano Beach is popular for fishing and beachcombing for shells.

 

Sand walkway to Vilano Surfside Park - just a few minutes from St Augustine FL

Vilano Surfside Park is a few minutes from St Augustine Florida

 

South Ponte Vedra Beach

Distance from St Augustine: 10 miles (6 km)

2701-2719 A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway. There is a small parking lot across the highway from the beach access point and there’s a pedestrian crosswalk with a light to alert drivers.

South Ponte Vedra Beach is popular for fishing.

 

Sand walkway to South Ponte Vedra Beach in northeastern Florida

Sand walkway to South Ponte Vedra beach

Mickler Beach

Distance from St Augustine: 20 miles

4265 Mickler Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach

 

Beachcombers flock to Mickler Beach to find sharks teeth

Beachcombers flock to Mickler Beach to find sharks teeth

 

Do you want to find sharks teeth on the beach? Mickler Beach is the place to find loads of sharks teeth along the beach.

 

Watch this short video of Mickler Beach

 

 

For best shark teeth finds go closer to low tide and watch for extra shiny black triangular shapes in the sand.

 

Palm tree lined sand walkway to Mickler Beach Florida

Palm tree lined sand walkway to Mickler Beach Florida

 

Showers at Mickler Beach FL are located by the parking lot

Showers at Mickler Beach FL are located by the parking lot

 

Beaches South of St Augustine FL

St Augustine Beach – St Johns County ocean pier

Distance from St Augustine: 5 miles (8 km)

350 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine

 

 

St Johns County Ocean Pier at St Augustine Beach FL

St Johns County Ocean Pier at St Augustine Beach FL

 

St Johns County ocean pier is popular for fishing or sightseeing.

Here is the fee schedule:

Sightseeing $1
Adult Fishing Pass $2
Non-Resident Adult Fishing Pass $3
Fishing Pass Children (6 & under) $1
Fishing Pass Non-Resident Children $1.50
Yearly Fishing Pass $20
Non-Resident Yearly Fishing Pass $30

 

View from under the fishing pier at St Augustine Beach FL

Under the fishing pier at St Augustine Beach FL

 

St Augustine Beach – close to restaurants

Further south on A1A there is another access point to St Augustine Beach with a small public free parking lot, located at A Street and A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway. There are several restaurants around this location. Grab a bite at A1A Burrito Works then head to the beach or enjoy eats and cocktails at Beachcomber Restaurant right beside the dunes of St Augustine Beach.

 

Walk or drive onto St Augustine Beach at A Street x A1A Highway

Walk or drive onto St Augustine Beach at A Street x A1A Highway

 

St Augustine Beach is popular for surfing, swimming, beach walks and relaxing, watching the waves. St Augustine Beach is a mix of coquina sand and soft white sand, best of both!

 

St Augustine FL beaches include soft white sand and coarse coquina sand, both can be found at St Agustine Beach

White smooth sand to pinkish more coarse coquina sand at St Augustine Beach

 

St Augustine Beach FL with coarse coquina sand and big waves for surfers

St Augustine Beach Florida

 

Butler Beach

Distance from St Augustine: 9.5 miles (15 km)

Frank Butler County Park East, 5860 A1A S, St. Augustine

 

 

Soft white sand at Butler Beach FL at low tide near sunset

Butler Beach at low tide near sunset

 

Frank Butler County Park East is the official name for Butler Beach. The name is to honor Frank B Butler, businessman and African American civil rights leader in St Augustine.

Butler Beach is great for beach walks, birdwatching, and gopher tortoises in the dunes. Your feet will enjoy the soft white sand at Butler Beach.

 

Boardwalk to Butler Beach in St Johns County Florida

Butler Beach is a quiet white sand beach near St Augustine FL

 

Crescent Beach

Distance from St Augustine: 11 mils (18 km)

There are two locations with public parking at Crescent Beach:

Crescent Beach Park – 6930 A1A S, St. Augustine

There are only 4 parking spots for public parking and 2 spots reserved for St Johns County (the 2 closest to the beach) but you can usually drive along the beach if you have a 4×4 vehicle.


Crescent Beach at Spyglass Public Beach Access

Distance from St Augustine: 11 mils (18 km)

8202 A1A S, St. Augustine

The parking lot has room for around a dozen vehicles but I never saw more than 3 parked there. The beach access is via a boardwalk with 98 stairs.

 

98 stairs on the boardwalk to Crescent Beach Florida

98 stairs on the boardwalk to Crescent Beach

 

Crescent Beach is great for beach walks, birdwatching, and gopher tortoises in the dunes.

 

Sand dunes along Crescent Beach in St Augustine FL

Dunes along Crescent Beach in St Augustine FL

 

Marineland Beach – River to Sea Preserve

Distance from St Augustine: 18 miles (29 km)

9509 A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway, Palm Coast

 

 

Coquina rock along Marineland Beach - River to Sea Preserve Florida

Coquina rock along Marineland Beach – River to Sea Preserve Florida

 

Marineland Beach is the place to see coquina stone along the shoreline. Go at low tide to see more of the rocky coquina beach.

 

Boardwalk to Marineland Beach - River to Sea Preserve Florida coast

Boardwalk to Marineland Beach – River to Sea Preserve

 

Beach at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Distance from St Augustine: 20 miles (32 km)

6400 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast

 

 

Beach at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park Florida

Beach at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

 

Note: There is fee to visit this beach because it is part of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. If you don’t want to pay to go the beach then Marineland Beach (see above) is only 3 miles north of Washington Oaks beach.

 

Parking along the dunes at Washington Oaks Garden State Park Beach

Parking along the dunes at Washington Oaks Garden State Park Beach

 

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park fees (access to beach and gardens)

  • $5 per vehicle with 2 – 8 people
  • $4 for single occupant vehicle
  • $2 walk-in/bicycle

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park beach is great for beach walks and coquina stone.

 

Small oquina stone at Washington Oaks Garden State Park beach

Coquina stone at Washington Oaks Garden State Park beach

 

Map of St Augustine FL beaches within 20 miles

 

 

Which is the best St Augustine beach?

That is a tough question because it depends on your mood and what type of activity you are looking for at the beach. My opinion about the best St Augustine beach also depends on the time of day. Butler is my favorite beach for sunset beach walks, it’s quiet and usually lots of birds along the water.

I think the best St Augustine beach to see gopher tortoises is Crescent Beach, with Butler Beach a close second.

Best St Augustine beaches for beachcombing seem to be Mickler, Vilano, and Marineland beach.

Best fishing beach at St Augustine? Well it’s called fishing not catching so I think your mileage may vary. Try Vilano fishing pier and St Johns County Ocean pier at St Augustine Beach.

Best thing to do is visit ALL of St Augustine FL beaches!

How about you, which St Augustine Beach is your favorite? Why?

 

St Augustine FL beach vacation with white sand beaches, beachcombing, surfing and sunshine

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Susan Moore spent 7 months traveling around Southeast Asia back in the 90's. Returning to Canada she found a job working on rotation in Siberia Russia. She later moved to Austin Texas where she started a bookkeeping business, allowing her to work remotely. Currently Susan is in year 4 of living a nomadic life, roadtripping around the USA and Canada and writing about her experiences. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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  1. Susan how gorgeous. St. Augustine has a serene vibe to it. I love your pictures.

    • Hey thanks for stopping by Ryan. St Augustine FL is one place I could definitely see myself visiting again, so chill and serene on the coast. Always enjoy walking the beaches, and each one is different enough it’s worth going to all of them. Happy travels!

  2. I love that Vilano Beach pier bird statue.

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