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Key Info

1200 Route A1A S

Price & Hours

Free

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Beaches, Natural Wonders, Free, Neighborhood/Area, Recreation, Swimming/Pools Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Situated 5 miles southeast of St. Augustine's historic district, St. Augustine Beach features roughly 2 miles of white-sand beach and clear water. The beach is popular with families, thanks to its kid-friendly splash pad. If fishing or a relaxing stroll is what you're after, visit the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier, which sits at the north end of the beach.

Past visitors praised St. Augustine Beach's scenery and uncrowded atmosphere. Most days, the ocean offers small waves that are suitable for children, though windy days will bring larger waves that are ideal for surfing and bodyboarding.

St. Augustine Beach can be reached by trolley, bus or car (keep in mind, though, that this beach has limited complimentary street and lot parking, so you'll want to arrive early if you plan on driving). Travelers with trolley passes can ride Old Town Trolley Tours' beach shuttle – which picks up from the No. 16 trolley stop – for free. Additionally, the city's Sunshine Bus Company stops near the south end of the beach at Anastasia Publix. The beach is free to visit, though a $1 fee applies to access the beach's pier. Restrooms, volleyball courts, a covered pavilion and outdoor showers are also available by the kids splash pad. The beach is open 24 hours a day, but parking is only available from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. during sea turtle nesting season (May 1 to Oct. 31). Lifeguards are also staffed at various points along the beach seasonally.

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Antiquities, historic attractions and delectable cuisine are just a few of the things you'll find on St. George Street, the city's central pedestrian thoroughfare. At the northern end of the street, visitors can explore boutiques like Sunburst Crystal and Tillie's Bath Cottage, as well as historic sites like the Old City Gates and the Oldest Wooden School House. The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum are within walking distance; as you travel south, you'll see additional shops and cafes, plus art galleries and the Colonial Quarter.

Visitors in search of Southern charm will appreciate St. George Street. According to past travelers, you'll find unique shops and some of the best ice cream in the area. The area is also a great spot to stop in some shops to pick up souvenirs.

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