Vilano Beach in St. Augustine, Florida

Surfer at Vilano Beach 

Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, Florida

Sailing is a great way to spend the day on Salt Run at Anastasia State Park.

Skimboarding on the beaches of St. Augustine, Florida

Florida Skimbboarding Pro/Am happens annually on Vilano Beach.

St. Johns County Splash Park & Playground in St. Augustine, Florida

The St. Johns County Splash Park & Playground is a great way for beachgoers of all ages to chill out.

Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra Beach offers beautiful beaches and family fun.

Crescent Beach in St. Augustine, Florida

Matanzas Inlet at Crescent Beach offers beautiful white sand and quiet getaways.

Ponte Vedra Beach

Take a stroll along beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach.

St. Augustine Beach

St. Augustine Beach near the pier is a popular place for many visitors.

Butler Beach in St. Augustine, Florida

Walk a few miles on Butler Beach and your cares are sure to fade away.

Vilano Beach in St. Augustine, Florida
Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, Florida
Skimboarding on the beaches of St. Augustine, Florida
St. Johns County Splash Park & Playground in St. Augustine, Florida
Ponte Vedra Beach
Crescent Beach in St. Augustine, Florida
Ponte Vedra Beach
St. Augustine Beach
Butler Beach in St. Augustine, Florida

Florida's Historic Coast: 6 Best Beaches

More than 500 years ago, Ponce de Leon spotted beautiful, inviting beaches that drew him to shore and led to the first documented European discovery of Florida. Today, St. Augustine is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida — 42 miles of beaches, to be exact.

Below, a list of the best beaches in St. Augustine.

1. Ponte Vedra Beach

Elegant resorts with challenging golf courses line the shore of this serene beach. Mickler’s Landing (pronounced mike-lers) is a popular access point for visitors. The beaches at GTM Reserve feature a historical marker, a life-size statue of Ponce de Leon and a dune overlook platform that includes interpretive panels describing Ponce’s 1513 journey when he sighted land at this very spot.

2. Vilano Beach 

A popular beach destination ever since Henry Flagler’s millionaire friends of the late 1800s enjoyed it. Tucked away in this charming little beach town, you’ll find shopping, fun eateries and beach cottages for rent. Coquina sands and a near-shore break make it popular with surfers and kite boarders.

3. Anastasia State Park

White quartz sand beckons beachgoers at one of the areas most beautiful beaches (and one of Florida’s most popular parks). The northern three miles are for beach walkers only, and most signs of civilization are hidden away well beyond the dunes.

4. St. Augustine Beach

Truly one of the best beaches in St. Augustine. Everything is here for the ideal beach vacation — sunny accommodations, tropical seaside restaurants, a beachfront park with an impressive fishing pier, pavilion, splash park and sand volleyball. Plus, a decidedly laidback attitude.

5. Butler Beach 

This area is a mixture of private homes and condos, but many public access points make it easily reachable. Check out the surrounding park — it's home to a vulnerable dune ecosystem that houses the endangered Anastasia Island beach mouse and the gopher tortoise.

6. Crescent Beach 

Located on Anastasia Island, this beach is so named because the shoreline has a natural crescent moon shape. Miles of broad white sand are an irresistible appeal among beachgoers. This particular stretch of beach is one of the most scenic and unspoiled in the area, perfect for eco-tourists and beachcombers.