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As our nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine has so much beauty, history, and culture to offer. It’s a popular tourist destination for many reasons. There is never a bad time to visit because the weather in Florida is usually warm and balmy all year long. The summers are especially warm, but this makes it the perfect time to jump into the water. St. Augustine’s beaches are famous for their natural beauty. Imagine tidal salt marshes, maritime hammocks, and ancient sand dunes as the backdrop to your beach vacation. If you’re ready to get your toes in the sand, then check out our top three beaches near St. Augustine.
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Vilano Beach has been popular since the late 1800s. Henry Flagler’s millionaire friends enjoyed relaxing on these pristine sands. Vilano is a quaint beach-front town with plenty of outdoor eateries, boutiques, and beach cottages for rent. When the tide is coming in, it’s a great spot for surfers and kiteboarding. From Vilano Beach, you can see dolphins playing beyond the surf. If you want to experience all that Vilano Beach has to offer, you should take a sightseeing tour with Red Boat Tours. You will sail by Matanzas Bay and St. Augustine, where you will have the best views of our country’s oldest city. You can take one of their awesome tours like: Dolphin Odyssey & Sightseeing, Sunset BYOB Cruise, and Full Moon BYOB Cruise. Imagine relaxing on the boat with a drink in your hand and the beautiful sights before you. It will be a highlight of your trip.
Anastasia State Park is a protected beach and its home to beautiful quartz sand, a variety of wildlife, and tidal salt marshes. If you are an avid birdwatcher, you will fall in love with this park. It is located on the Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. There is a campground located just a few steps from the beach with 139 camping sites. In 2015, Travel and Leisure magazine named it on a list of America’s prettiest beach campsites. You can rent bicycles, paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes from Anastasia State Park concession stand. It’s a perfectly-hidden beach beyond the dunes, which makes for a romantic getaway feeling.
Butler Beach is located on Anastasia Island and has miles of white sand beaches. There is a blend of 1950’s beach cottages and modern custom-built homes. It’s a very desirable neighborhood with some home prices valued at over $3 million. Butler Beach also comes with a rich history. In 1927, a young black man, Frank Butler, purchased this area of land and named it Butler Beach. At that time, it was the only beach in Northeast Florida where America-Americans were allowed. Today, this beach is loved by all and it’s a very peaceful place to enjoy a sunrise.
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