How to Find Shark Teeth in St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra Beach
It has been 500 years since Ponce de Leon first saw the magnificent beaches of St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra, but even after nearly five centuries they remain a major attraction on Florida’s Historic Coast.
Beauty, history and unspoiled nature combined have put Ponte Vedra Beach on CNN’s list of 22 Can’t Miss U.S. Beaches and St. Augustine Beach has been named a Top 10 Beach in the US by TripAdvisor users. When planning your day at the beautiful beaches of St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra, here’s a tip from the locals - look for shark teeth along the shore!
Where can I find shark teeth in St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra Beach?
Take a walk on St. Augustine or Ponte Vedra Beach and you’ll find history dating back to the ice age. Mickler’s Landing is a popular access point for visitors and a secret place to find fossilized and modern day shark teeth. You may also find some shark tooth treasures along Vilano Beach.
How do I find shark teeth?
You’ll need a keen eye as you search the waterline. The shape may be easy to identify, but you’ll also need to look for a glossy patina. Colors range from grey, black, brown and some have a red tone. You can typically find modern day shark teeth and the occasional fossilized tooth. If you want to speed up the process, try scooping up a big handful of sand at the water's edge and carefully search for teeth in your sand pile. You'll probably find more than a few treasures!
When is the best time to find shark teeth?
You can find shark teeth any time of year, but the ideal time to go shark teeth searching is after a storm. The intensity of the crashing waves tends to uncover lots of shark teeth from underneath layers of sand. But, if there wasn't a recent storm, don't fret! There are plenty of shark teeth to be found on the beaches of St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra at all times. Happy hunting!
Ponte Vedra Beach is located on scenic A1A not far from luxury resorts and PGA Tour Championship golf courses.