St. Augustine's Beaches
St. Augustine has many miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. North of Historic St. Augustine lies Vilano Beach, an area of homes that range from beachy casual to elegant. Vilano has yellow sand, a nice wave and is famous for skim boarding. The Florida ProAm Skimboarding competition is held there every year.
Across the Bridge of Lions lies Anastasia Island with Anastasia State Park and Salt Run. There are Surf Shops, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and further down A1A Beach Blvd. is the City of St. Augustine Beach. St. Augustine Beach is comprised of 1.9 square miles running between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Most of the beach area allows vehicular access via roads going east off of A1A. March 1st through Labor Day weekend beach passes are required to drive or park on the beach. Passes can be purchased at toll booths on access roads during the season or pre-purchase is possible through St. Johns County.
Fishing is popular from the City of St. Augustine Beach Pier which includes beach volleyball courts, a pavilion and a splash park for children. Surfing is a popular pastime in St. Augustine Beach.
Driving on the beach is clearly marked in a one-way southerly direction with one area for pedestrians and one for vehicles. The beach is patrolled by officers to keep the peace.
South of St. Augustine Beach is Crescent Beach. Crescent Beach is popular with people who enjoy fishing and there are two parks in the area: Frank B. Butler Park which is on the ocean side and Frank B. Butler Park West which is on the Intracoastal. Both offer picnicking and restrooms.
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