No tropical getaway to St. Augustine is complete without a trip to the beach! The only problem—how do you go about choosing? With so many gorgeous beaches to explore, it can be daunting to pick a place to start. Fortunately, The Ocean Gallery has curated a list of St. Augustine’s greatest beaches, whether you’re looking for a stroll along the beach or to catch a cool wave. Read on to learn more about our favorites below!
1. St. Augustine Beach
Located on Anastasia Island less than five minutes away from the downtown area, St. Augustine Beach has pristine white sand and a variety of activities for visitors to participate in, including fishing and volleyball. It is also close to the St. John’s County Pier, high-quality restaurants, and premium shopping.
And if you need beach chairs or maybe bike rentals to get you to the beach, our guests have access to hassle-free pick-up and delivery by DRIFTERS BEACH AND BIKE RENTALS.
Visit their website to reserve your rentals for a stress-free trip to the beach!
2. North (Usina) Beach
North Beach is also extremely close to downtown St. Augustine. Visitors who stop here will find that there are delectable restaurants nearby, ramps fo, getting your boat out on the water, restrooms, and showers, and a picnic area with grills for cookouts with family and friends. North Beach is approximately five minutes away from downtown St. Augustine.
3. Vilano Beach
Between the Vilano Beach Fishing Pier, nearby Sea-Do rentals, parasailing, and access to several parks, Vilano Beach is the place to go when you want to be in the middle of everything. There are waterfront restaurants for when you’re hungry, though you can also charter a sailboat or deep sea fishing boat and catch your own meal! It’s less than five minutes away from historic downtown, meaning that you can cap off your sightseeing with some stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.
4. Anastasia State Park and Recreation Area
A protected bird sanctuary, Anastasia State Park consists of 1,700 acres and five miles of soft, sandy beaches. There are places to swim (with lifeguards on duty), hiking and nature trails, fishing, a bathhouse, and equipment rentals for canoeing or just lounging on the beach. You can also take your boat out on the open water from here using the boat ramp!
5. Crescent Beach
A little further south of historic downtown (about fifteen minutes away), you’ll encounter Crescent Beach situated on Anastasia Island. It is one of the most unspoiled beaches in all of Florida, offering a scenic natural backdrop for your beachgoer’s activities. Here, you can fish, dive, go boating, and comb the beach—and that’s just the beginning of the list!
Let The Ocean Gallery Be Your Guide to St. Augustine!
Our reservation specialists are here to help you with their local insider’s knowledge of the city. Just ask us about St. Augustine’s best beaches and other attractions when you call to book your vacation home or condo today!