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Important Beach & Community Information

For more information about beach conditions call the St Johns County Pier: (904) 461-0119


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Pets at the Beach

Don’t leave Fido or Whiskers home when you visit St Augustine Beach because the entire family is welcome-both the two and four leg variety.  While in the city and on the beach, dogs must don a leash and human companions are required to clean-up after their furry friend. Waste bags and receptacles are available at most parks and entrances to the beach. No One Wants A Dirty Beach! It’s the law!

With pet lovers in mind, St Augustine Beach is home to many pet friendly businesses. Hotels, condos and rental homes as well as businesses and dining establishments are perrrrrfectly happy to host you and your four legged companion. Please be sure to ask an employee, check the website or call the property directly to confirm their pet-friendly status and to book a pet-friendly reservation.

Visit Paw Park for Dogs just off of Pope Rd and A1A.


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Crossing Flags

In an attempt to make crossing the street safer you will find City Crossing Flags at various crosswalks along A1A Beach Blvd.

To cross the street: wave the flag to alert the driver. Make sure the cars have stopped and it is safe to cross. Stay in the crosswalk and look left and right before crossing. Hold the flag where it is visible to drivers and cross the street. As you cross the street and for your own safety, continue to be vigilant about approaching cars. Please return the flag to the holder on the other side.

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The Sunshine Bus Company-Take The Bus!

Monday through Saturday 7am to 6pm

The Sunshine Bus is a local public transportation bus company. It runs various routes throughout St Johns County. At the beach you can pick up the bus on any corner of A1A Beach Blvd or State Road A1A or at any corner along the route.

When you see the bus wave the driver down. When it is safe the bus will pull over and you can climb aboard.  The bus runs Monday through Saturday from 7am to 6pm.  No service is offered on legal holidays. The cost to ride the bus  is $1.00 each way / each segment. You can buy a day pass for $3.00 or $1.50 for seniors. Pay the driver when you board the bus. The beach line is green. A main bus transfer station is on Pope Rd and St Rd A1A.

For Sunshine Bus Info Call: (904) 209-3716      Visit the website: SUNSHINE BUS



Hurricane Evacuation

When a mandatory evacuation is established everyone MUST evacuate the island. Island residents are required to have a pass in order to return to the island after a hurricane evacuation has been suspended. Passes may be picked up at the St Augustine Beach Police Department. Proof of residency is required to obtain a pass. For evacuation route information, shelter information or additional information visit the county website.

  St Johns County Emergency Management

Anastasia Island branch library

St Johns County Public Library – Anastasia Island Branch

A1A and A St, at 124 Sea Grove Main St.

(904) 209-3740  Fax (904) 209-3745

Hours: closed Monday and Sunday/  Tues 10am -8pm  / Wed 10am – 6pm / Thurs 10am – 8pm /  Fri 10am – 6pm    Sat 10am to 5pm

Sea Grove is home to the newest library in St Johns County.  The Anastasia Island branch is located at St Rd A1A and A St, at 124 Sea Grove Main St. The library is open to both residents and visitors of St Johns County.

 Library Website & Events: SJCLS Anastasia Island Branch


United States Post Office

Sea Grove Center -138 Sea Grove Main (A1A & “A” St). 

(904) 275-8777

 Hours Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm; Sat 9:00am-1:00pm; Sun Closed|Last Daily Collection Mon-Fri 5:00pm; Sat 1:00pm

United States Postal Service Website: USPS


Beach Driving / Seasonal Pass

A beach pass is required to drive or park on the beach from March 1 through Sept 30. A seasonal pass is available for a nominal fee. The  speed limit on the beach is 10 MPH. Soft sand and high tides may prevent access to the beach. Depending on conditions, you may need four wheel drive to drive on the beach. You can pick up a pass at any toll booths, at the county office or at the St Johns County Ocean Pier.

Yearly pass-county resident-$40.00 / nonresident $60.00 / handicapped $30.00

Daily pass-county resident $6.00 / nonresident $8.00 /   handicapped $5.00  /  active military w ID $5.00 (after  3pm $5.00)

Three day pass:  county residents $15.00  /  non-residents $20.00  /  handicapped $12.00

There is no charge to walk onto the beach.


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Beach Wheelchairs

Beach Wheelchairs are available on a first come- first serve basis. There is no charge to use the wheelchair.  The chairs have balloon tires and are made of pvc. They are able to traverse the sand and enter the water.  The chairs can be delivered to you at the beach or you can pick one up at 901 Pope Road, St. Augustine, FL 32080.

To reserve a wheelchair or for more information call the SJC Recreation Service Dept at: (904) 209- 0344.

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Sea Turtle Nesting Season

Sea Turtle Season is May through October. To protect the sea turtle as well as the Anastasia Island beach mouse, vehicular traffic on the beach is allowed from 8am to 7:30 pm throughout the Sea Turtle Season. Because the sea turtle will follow the light of the moon, all beachfront properties must reduce the impact of their interior and exterior lights while  turtles are nesting.


Beach Warning Flags

To minimize the risks of drowning, Florida’s beaches have a flag warning system using four colors. The flags warn the public about the general overall surf conditions. You will find these flags on various sites on the beach.

Red Flag  With Crossed out swimmer-Water Closed to Public

Red Flag-High Hazard-High Surf and/or Strong Currents

Yellow Flag-Medium Hazard-Moderate Surf and/or Currents

Green Flag-Calm Condition- Exercise Caution

Purple Flag- Dangerous Marine Life

Note: Absence of Flags Does Not Assure Safe Waters

rip currentRip Current

Rip currents are narrow, river-like currents that can be between 50 feet and 50 yards wide. You can spot a rip current by the foamy, choppy surface and dirty brown, sandy water. The rip current has a hard pull out to sea.  If you are caught in a rip current wave for assistance. Do not panic. Swim parallel to the shoreline until you are out of the pull of the current and than swim to shore. Remember…The Ocean Is A Powerful Force!


Lifeguards-Lifeguard season is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Along with lifeguard stations the lifeguards patrol the beach by jeep. You will find a lifeguard at: Anastasia Park, the Pier , 7th St, A St, south of Sea Colony, Crescent Beach, Butler Beach and Matanzas Inlet.  Remember… lifeguards are staffed seasonally

Call 911 if there is an emergency.

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Prohibited Items and Activities on St Johns County Beaches:

  • Music must not be heard 25 feet from its source.
  • Open Fires are prohibited on the beach
  • Alcoholic Beverages and Glass Bottles are prohibited on the beach
  • Fireworks are prohibited on the beach
  • Soliciting, canvasing, or commercial activities are prohibited
  • Motorized boats may not launch from the Beach
  •  Activities are not permitted within the Conservation Zone – noted by brown signs
  • Unleashed animals are prohibited on the beach. Please clean up after your pets!


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