This charming area and all it offers are just 3 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 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.
A locally based fishing charter company, Island Fishing Charters offers inshore and nearshore experiences. Captain Mike McGeehan offers two fishing packages that can accommodate groups up to four people, and kids.