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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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#1 St. George Street 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 ... Read more » Glowimages / Getty Images

#2 Castillo de San Marcos National Monument Castillo de San Marcos served as a fort for more than 205 years. Built between 1672 and 1695 by the Spanish, it protected the newly established territory of Spanish Florida ... Read more » Sean Pavone / Getty Images

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