Vilano Beach

This charming area and all it offers are just three miles from downtown.

Vilano Beach, a sliver of land stretching not quite four miles from its southernmost point to the Beachwalk on Vilano, can be reached by taking A1A from downtown, across the Vilano Bridge.

This small region has thriving neighborhood groups and locally owned businesses, and is home to seaside and waterfront restaurants, hotels, and camping areas — and arguably the best and most challenging surfing beach in St. Augustine.

The area is known for being a good vantage for sunsets because the bit of land has a west coast that overlooks the marshes and the Tolomato River. People can watch the sunset from places such as Cap's On the Water, which also has a dock for those who arrive by boat. Those who seek a breathtaking view of the dunes and the Atlantic Ocean can opt to dine at The Reef. There are also entry points and docks for those interested in offshore fishing and a public boat ramp on the western side of the Vilano Bridge.

The small shopping district just across the bridge is home to a fishing and recreation pier, created from a portion of the old bridge. A visit to Vilano Beach must include a visit to the pier, and a photo op with Vilano’s Bluebird of Happiness statue. Those opting to stay in Vilano may choose from a number of campgrounds and RV parks, or cottages such as those at the Beachcomber on Vilano, vacation rentals such as Wren Beach Rentals or hotels and motels, including Magic Beach Motel, the OceanView Lodge, and the St. Augustine Beach House.

Visitors who stay in Historic Downtown and want to be close to the beach will be happy to know that Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park is only 3.5 miles from the Plaza de la Constitución.

(904) 829-1105

612 Euclid Ave.

Dine in a charming riverside setting as others have done for more than 100 years.

(904) 829-0589

254 Vilano Rd.

Beaches at Vilano is a beach bar and restaurant with a great menu. Dine inside, on the deck, or on the beach.

(904) 824-8794

4325 Myrtle St.

Waterfront dining overlooking the Matanzas River with local seafood and Old Florida cuisine.

(949) 295-8571

Happy Waves has a fun and experienced team of surfing instructors for all ages.

(910) 262-7355

260 Vilano Road

The Captain of the Island Queen invites private groups with up to 6 people to tour St. Augustine from the water aboard their comfortable power yacht.

(904) 824-6322

2805 Coastal Hwy.

This eclectic gallery features more than 60 different artists, spanning a variety of mediums.

(904) 209-0752

3721 Coastal Highway

Located on A1A just north of the Vilano Bridge, North Beach Park offers a full range of facilities and a highway walkover from the parking area.