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Vilano Beach is a quiet and beautiful residential area just north of the St. Augustine historic district on A1A. The town center features a retro design that encourages the quaint and nostalgic feel of days gone by. The design elements in Vilano are Old Florida Art Deco with a focus on New Urbanism (a movement featuring walkable, multiuse neighborhoods). Walk from the pier to the beach to see fountains, art, and historic buildings. Vintage Teal is everywhere, a reminder that this neighborhood boomed in the 1950s. So turn up your favorite Rockabilly, put on your cat-eye sunglasses, and cruise down the streets of this beautiful district to the iconic bluebird of happiness.

North Shores Park

120 Meadow Ave, Vilano Beach, Florida 32084

Spend the day at this beautiful, quiet and shaded park in Vilano beach. This park has a community center, a playground, swings, a dog park, tennis courts, a picnic pavilion, a basketball court, and a baseball field. The playground is cool even on a hot Summer day because of the ocean breeze and a canopy of oak trees that covers the play space.

North Beach Pavilion and Park

3721 Coastal Highway, St. Augustine, 32084

This playground is ideal for little ones. My three year old was appropriately challenged by the climbing walls and delighted by the slides. The swings at this park are bucket seats perfect for the children that play here. For toddlers this playground is worth stopping by without a visit to the beach. For older kids, skip it and head straight to the ocean. There are restrooms, a shower, a highway walkover, off-beach parking, grills, a playground, and a picnic pavilion. This location also has a “love bridge” with locks on the walkway over A1A.

Vilano Beach Pavillion

20 Vilano Road, St. Augustine FL 32084

You can watch for dolphins and search for fossilized shark teeth in the tiny shells at this beautiful beach access point. This beach has restrooms, showers, two dune walkovers, showers, jetties, and a beautiful view of downtown St. Augustine. The ground is covered in shells here so be sure to wear your flip flops. At low tide there are often tide pools for the little ones past the jetties. The current here can be rough and rip tides are not uncommon. This is a vehicle access point (4×4 recommended) for a $10 fee when weather conditions allow. There is a water feature at the pavilion but I have personally never seen it functioning.

Surfside Park

Surfside Ave St. Augustine, FL 32084

Just over the Vilano bridge, to the north on A1A, is a lovely beach access area with restrooms, showers, a walkover, a large parking lot and covered picnic tables. This is a very short walk to the beach from the parking lot and my favorite spot to visit if my kids decide to bring a lot of toys to the beach.

Nease Beachfront Park

2nd St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This beach access point is at the historic home of Allen Nease, forester and former chairman of the St. Johns County School Board. There is a dune walkover just across from the historic home that leads to Vilano Beach. If you park here to visit the beach with your kids, stop by to visit the resident gopher tortoise and watch the butterflies at the pollinator garden. The restrooms here are clean and the covered picnic table works great for a picnic during a quick rain shower. Please be aware that this beach doesn’t have a lifeguard and you must cross busy A1A without a crosswalk.

North Beach Pavilion and Park

3721 Coastal Highway, St. Augustine, 32084

Come here for an entire day of fun. There are restrooms, showers, a highway walkover, off-beach parking, grills, a playground, and a picnic pavilion. This location also has a “love bridge” with locks on the walkway over A1A. If you have a lot to carry, please be aware that you will need to ascend and descend stairs in order to reach the beach.

Porpoise Point

501 Porpoise Point Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This is a drive on access point with no parking for pedestrian traffic. Porpoise Point is a popular spot for unloading jet skis. 4×4 is strongly recommended and users must pay close attention to the tides while using this beach. Check St. Johns County for beach accesss updates because this location is often closed due to tidal flooding. The neighborhood received its name from a group of friendly porpoise that used to greet boaters in the water. They no longer frequent this area, but you can often find dolphin, turtles, jellyfish and manatee swimming in the inter-coastal waters.

Mussallem Beachfront Park

3365 Coastal Hwy, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This park is in development and will open to the public soon. This passive park will have a parking lot, beach access, a picnic pavilion, and restrooms. Mussallem Park is named after Abraham S. Mussallem, who once owned the property, and built Villa Zorayda in downtown St. Augustine. It was Mussallem who first used the coquina and concrete building method used in many of the buildings in downtown St. Augustine.

Nease Beachfront Park

2nd St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This park is on the west side of A1A at the former home of conservationist and educator, Allen Nease. There is a small parking lot, a bathroom, a covered picnic table, a nature trail, a boardwalk to the marsh, a resident gopher tortoise, beach access across A1A, and a butterfly garden. My children love to visit the gopher tortoise when we find ourselves near here. The restrooms are clean and the covered picnic tables offer protection from sun, rain, and wind.

Vilano Beach Nature Boardwalk

116 Poplar Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084

An approximately .2 mile boardwalk under the Francis & Mary Usina Bridge with scenic views of the salt marsh. This boardwalk connects the residential neighborhood to the Vilano town center (specifically, the Publix parking lot). There are lovely mosaics by local artists at the entrances to the boardwalk. If you wish to walk or run the Vilano bridge, this is the best access point. The second entrance to the bridge is at 111 Beachcomber Way, where there is a dirt parking area.

North Shores Park

120 Meadow Ave, Vilano Beach, Florida 32084

This basketball court is appropriate for a quick pick up game or to practice free throws with your little ones. It is small but perfect for a game of Horse.

North Shores Park

120 Meadow Ave, Vilano Beach, Florida 32084

There are two fenced tennis courts at this community park. The playground is adjacent to the court, making it easy to enjoy a game of tennis with your love while young ones play.

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North Shores Park

120 Meadow Ave, Vilano Beach, Florida 32084

This baseball field is suitable for teaching your little one how to catch a ball and how to hit a grounder. It’s a small field with a fence that will stop most foul balls. This is a neighborhood field where I imagine local boys meeting to play. It’s not much more than a sand lot, but do you really need anything else?

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Vilano Landing Boat Ramp

101 Vilano Causeway, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This location has the space to accommodate many boaters. It has 3 boat ramps, 2 docks with floating docks, a picnic pavilion, restrooms, a building with concessions and fishing tackle, and a large Parking Lot. There is a beautiful view of the downtown St. Augustine skyline from the docks.

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Boating Club Road Boat Ramp

615 Boating Club Road, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This boat ramp is near the St. Augustine Boating Club, the oldest boating club in St. Augustine. The club is available to rent by the general public for events. There is a small parking area to park your vehicle and trailer.

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Usina Boat Ramp

603 Euclid Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This boat ramp has ample parking, a public restroom, a fishing pier, benches for viewing the Tolomato River, and picnic tables. It is right next to Aunt Kate’s, a popular local restaurant that has been around since 1900 when Henry Flagler first requested fresh oysters from the Usina family.

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North Shores Park

120 Meadow Ave, Vilano Beach, Florida 32084

This is the only dog park in Vilano beach. It is a single fenced area for both large and small dogs. There is enough room for free play and a nice picnic table for relaxing while your puppy spends time in the great outdoors.

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Vilano Beach Fishing Pier

260 Vilano Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This lit fishing pier is free for sightseeing and fishing. The sculptures along the fishing pier, including the beloved blue bird of happiness, make this an especially wonderful spot for taking sightseeing pictures. If you need fishing supplies visit St. Augustine Marina. They have everything you need for a day at the pier. If you have little ones who want to learn to fish, the St. Augustine Marina hosts an annual free fishing & safety clinic for kids 12 and under in March.

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Usina Fishing Pier

603 Euclid Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This is a small fishing pier with views of the Tolomato river. It is located next to the Usina Boat Ramp and Aunt Kate’s, a well known and beloved local restaurant. There is a small fish cleaning station at this dock.

Vilano Beach Jetties

20 Vilano Road St. Augustine FL 32084

The Vilano Beach Pavillion has restrooms, two dune walkovers, and showers. The jetties are to the right of the dune walkovers and to the left of Porpoise Point.

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Nease Beachfront Park

2nd St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

This park has a nature trail, a boardwalk to the marsh, a resident gopher tortoise, and a butterfly garden. The gopher tortoise is not releasable to the wild and is used for education. The marsh boardwalk allows you an opportunity to view many birds. The restrooms are clean and the covered picnic tables offer protection from sun, rain, and wind.

Vilano Beach Nature Boardwalk

116 Poplar Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084

An approximately .2 mile boardwalk under the Francis & Mary Usina Bridge with scenic views of the salt marsh. This boardwalk connects the residental neighborhood to Vilano town center (specifically the Publix parking lot). There are lovely mosaics by local artists at the entrances to the boardwalk. If you wish to walk or run the Vilano bridge, this is the best access point. The second entrance to the bridge is at 111 Beachcomber Way, where there is a dirt parking area.

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LEAH NOEL

Senior Writer

Leah was born in the Wild West of California and raised in the beautiful bluegrass of Kentucky. She fell in love with the magic of St Augustine and moved here as a newlywed. She lives with four untamable children, a menagerie of animals and a loving husband. Leah spends most of her time trying to wrangle small beasts as they explore the world, tell her they don’t want what’s for dinner and complain about wearing shoes. Her favorite things are seeing the spark of discovery in little eyes and being creative. Leah loves to help and has a tender heart. She rarely meets someone she doesn’t like. Don’t be afraid to say hello if you see her out and about.