Beach, Saint Augustine
st. augustine has a beautiful beach located on anastasia island just southeast of the historic district. at anastasia state park you can visit the beach, swim, fish, camp, canoe, and hike this very nice state park. you can also take A1A north to vilano beach. at vilano beach you can drive on the beach for a small fee. below is contact info for anastasia state park.
One of the surprisingly fun things to do in St. Augustine is drive onto the beach. Sure, it doesn't sound all that natural, but it's kind of cool and not as reckless as it sounds. $7 will get you a day pass and you can come and go via several access ramps along St. Augustine Beach. Traffic moves one way and the driving lane is clearly marked. People have an unwritten rule about leaving a good amount of space between vehicles. It's especially handy to do if you are going to ride the waves with a board or kayak.
One of the best parts of the beach is Crescent Beach, which is a few miles south from where the St. Augustine beach begins.
The beaches are some of the best in Florida area, in my opinion. They stretch for miles and do not have a lot of people traffic overrunning the area, for the most part from Jacksonville to ST. Auguustine. Close by is also Fernandina and its steeped history worth a visit.
Even though it receives close to 5 million visitors a year, why you don't hear as much about the St. Augustine Beach as you do some of the other ones in Florida is beyond me! This beach is incredible--a great long stretch of sand loaded with colourful shells that goes on for miles as far as the eye can see in either direction. Even on this day, one the locals call "too cold", there are lots of people swimming, surfing, walking their dogs, sunbathing, and enjoying the ocean views.
I run down to the water. It's a bit chilly, but I'm a Canadian--hell, I can take it! I walk very far out but the water still isn't deeper than my waist. I turn around to look back at the shore; it looks miles away. Giant waves crash around me and throw me like a rag doll. Just trying to stand against them is a feat of strength in itself. There aren't any rocks underwater here, so the experience is a lot of fun. You should be very careful of the undertow here. I can feel it trying to pull my legs out from under me between every wave that comes in.
The St. Augustine beach is located on Anastasia Island, just across the Bridge of Lions from the historic city. It's not within walking distance, so you'll have to drive to get there. We found free parking at the public beach access area.
As in much of Florida, the beaches in St. Augustine are gorgeous. Many of them are made up of soft white sand and seem to go on for miles. Being from New England, where the beaches are mostly made up of jagged rocks and rotting kelp, this is a real treat. There are several beaches in the St. Augustine area, but be sure to ask a local or at your hotel before you choose one because some of them are made up of coquina, a type of rock that is full of pointy seashells. This does a job on your feet--or any other body part it may come into contact with. Some beaches have free parking, and some don't. This may also be a good thing to ask about before you head out for the day. Also, be sure not to forget your sunblock!
Of course, the first order of business for the girls, and therefore for us as well, was to get to a sandy beach as soon as possible! So that is exactly what we did, here on St. Augustine beach in front of our motel on Anastasia Island.
There are lots of great beaches dotted along the coast here and it is possible to drive along many of them, although some require 4WD if you want to be sure! It was a real pleasure to feel the strength of the warm sunshine again after 5-months of cold wintery weather. We had to get this out of the way before anyone could even begin to think about wandering around town!
Once you get over the pain of walking into a large tree branch in the dark. A midnight walk on the beach is an awesome thing. There were so many stars out.
Oww, my head hurts.