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Place Category: Beach Towns
The small but vibrant city of St. Augustine Beach is something that visitors shouldn’t miss when you are in the area of St. Augustine. Located just across the historical city in Anastasia Island, it is accessible either by the Bridge of Lions or through the bigger bridge, a little further down south. St. Augustine Beach is the best go-to beach for many residents from the historical city. It offers pristine waters, soft golden-hued sands, and a myriad of water activities.
Just like the historic city of St. Augustine, the smaller town of St. Augustine Beach has a lot to offer when it comes to stories of the past. After all, the whole area served as a natural “protective” barrier for the early European settlements in the mainland. Spanish explore, Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded the city of St. Augustine and used these beaches to build fortifications to protect the against possible invasions.
Today the city of St. Augustine Beach is a thriving tourist attraction on its own. It has its own government following a commission-manager form of governance.
Attractions in St. Augustine Beach
While this city is relatively small compared to the historical St. Augustine in the mainland, you will be surprised at the numerous activities that it offers. Many tourists and residents from the bigger city come to this beach to relax and enjoy the great Atlantic Ocean. Compared to the other beaches in the area, including Butler Beach and Crescent Beach, St. Augustine Beach is typically the most crowded.
Enjoy the Beach – The beach itself offers an easy access to those who want to try the waters. It offers great facilities like shower areas, picnic areas, and parking spaces.
St. Augustine Visitors Center – Picasso Exhibit – If you want to learn more about the history of the area, this is the perfect place to start. There are historical exhibits that will show more light into what happened in the past on these beaches.
Tour the Oldest House – This is a unique historic museum which offers guided tours for those who are interested to learn more about the history of the European settlements. The house offers well-preserved artifacts providing visitors a step back into how early settlers lived including the items and that they used and architecture.
Experience the St. John County Pier – There are fun things to do at this pier, including fishing, lounging, and even checking out the farmer’s market. Here you will be able to enjoy homegrown items including fresh juices, fresh seafood, baked items, and many more.
Water Sports – If you are searching for an adventure you will love to try different water sports that the area has to offer. There are plenty of shops offering gear rental and lessons for those who are interested in activities like kayaking, surfing, boating, windsurfing, and many more.
Excelsior Museum and Cultural Center – St. Augustine Beach was part of a the Civil Rights Movements in the 1960’s. This museum offers amazing information for those who are interested in Black-American history.
Lakeside Park – If you are looking for a peaceful area to relax, the Lakeside Park is a great stop. It offers unique rock sculptures and an amazing view of Florida’s wildlife, including birds, turtles, and ducks.
How to Get There
It is easy to drive into St. Augustine Florida, if you are coming from the north or south, take the I-95 and exit on 311 towards the historical city. If you are driving from the west, take I-10, and drive south or north on I-95 towards St. Augustine.
St. Augustine Beach is about 10-15 minutes from the historical downtown. Drive southeast via the main road San Marco Ave. and cross the Matanzas River via the Bridge of Lions or the bigger bridge a little further south. This will lead you to the popular Florida A1A you can drive to St. Augustine Beach.