Just south of Anastasia State Park, this beach has a livelier setting, thanks to the restaurants, bars, and shops along Beachfront Avenue and the 4-acre St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park. The park includes a playground, small splash park, sand volleyball courts, and a covered pavilion, where from May to September a series of Music by the Sea concerts are offered free. Speaking of free, the beach doesn't charge a fee, but the popular fishing pier does ($3). In addition, there are some areas designated for driving on the beach. Amenities: lifeguards (seasonal); parking (free); showers; toilets. Best for: swimming.
Old A1A/Beach Blvd., south of Rte. 312, St. Augustine, Florida, 32084, United States