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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.
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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.
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Convenient white sand beaches with ties to civil rights history.
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 beach goers 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 laid back attitude. And if you don't want to lug all of your beach gear down to the sand, check out Barney's Beach Service for reasonable rentals.
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 beach goers. This particular stretch of beach is one of the most scenic and unspoiled in the area, perfect for eco-tourists and beachcombers.
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Next time you’re in town, take the scenic route along A1A Beach Boulevard.
Beaches along Florida’s Historic Coast are Perfect for Families!
Claim your beach. There are plenty to choose from and lots to do.
Barney's Beach Service430 A1A Beach Blvd.
St. Augustine, Florida 32080
GTM Research Reserve Visitor Center505 Guana River Rd.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082