Hit the Beach

Check out the beach hot spots in the St. Augustine area.

 Anastasia State Park 

Beachcombers can look for the rare gold coin that may have washed ashore from the pirate days, or more likely, a pretty shell on the four-mile stretch of beach less than five miles south of St. Augustine. The beach was mined by the Spanish for its coquina rock, a limestone made from fossilized shells, to construct the Castillo de San Marcos fortress between 1672 and 1695. Visitors can fish, camp and wander through the dunes shaded by hammock brimming with native birds. 

 St. Augustine Beach 

The closest beach to Old Town, this municipal sand-scape features a festive mix of boating and fishing recreation around the St. Johns County Pier and sunbathing and picnicking spots along the rest of the two-mile long beach. Shaded pavilions, a playground, bait shops, volleyball courts and food options are all nearby. 

 Jacksonville Beach 

A 45-minute drive north, this long stretch of beachfront is where people come to mingle for more of a festive beachgoing experience. Plenty of patio bars and restaurants serving fried fish line the beach, and the pier is a popular destination for people angling for fish or looking for ocean views.