Beaches along Florida’s Historic Coast are Perfect for Families!

Claim your beach. There are plenty to choose from and lots to do.

January 29, 2021

A family trip to Florida’s Historic Coast would be incomplete without a visit to one of our six beaches. Whether you prefer splashing in the surf, observing wildlife, or relaxing in the sand, there’s something for everyone in the family at every one of our beaches.

St. Augustine Beach

One of the most popular beaches in the area, St. Augustine Beach promises an exciting day in the sea. Rent equipment from Big Bill’s Beach Stuff or Barney’s Beach Service and teach the kids watersports like surfing, boogie boarding, skim boarding, and paddle boarding. Spend the afternoon fishing on St. Johns Fishing Pier, where kids can enjoy the Splash Park at the Pier. Even the family dog is welcome when leashed. After a day in the surf, enjoy a little family competition at nearby Fiesta Falls Mini Golf or Anastasia Bowling Lane.

Ponte Vedra Beach

Enjoy a luxurious outdoor experience at Ponte Vedra Beach. Choose an elegant lodging experience at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club or The Lodge & Club. Then take the family biking along the sand or kayaking in the water. At nearby Mickler’s Landing, embrace the natural habitat and hunt for shark’s teeth.

For an enhanced experience in Ponte Vedra, visit the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve to learn about local wildlife, walk along trails, and take guided cultural or beach hikes. For the avid golfer in the family, take a tour of TPC Sawgrass, home of THE PLAYERS Championship.

Anastasia State Park Beach

Take the family to Anastasia State Park Beach for a blend of natural wildlife and beachgoing. Open from 8 a.m. to sundown, this park offers swimming, fishing, and trail hiking for only $8 per vehicle. Elevate your beach experience to the next level by staying at the onsite campgrounds, where pets are welcome to stay with you.

Nearby, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum offers a look into local maritime history and archaeology. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park invites families to observe fascinating creatures and even zipline over the enclosures.

Crescent Beach

Find serenity on Crescent Beach. One of the hidden treasures along Florida’s Historic Coast, this beach teems with natural scenery, making it reminiscent of Old Florida. Beautiful sights and fewer crowds make this beach perfect for relaxing in nature.

To add more excitement to your peaceful retreat, visit nearby Fort Matanzas for a taste of local culture and history. Or head to Marineland Dolphin Adventure to swim with dolphins and learn about local aquatic wildlife.

Vilano Beach

Visit Vilano Beach along the A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway. This beach is the perfect place for a day of swimming or fishing with the family and even welcomes leashed dogs. Take a boat tour with Red Boat Tours or Florida Water Tours to get a view of local marine life.

Butler Beach

Steeped in local history, this beach was originally established by Frank B. Butler as an African American beach in times of segregation. Nowadays, it’s perfect for the casual beachgoer. Spend the day swimming, sunbathing, and walking your dog in the sand. Butler Beach also offers amenities such as grills and picnic benches for when it’s time for a family meal.