Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest times on St. Johns County Beaches. This holiday weekend, Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25, St. Johns County staff is taking extra precautions to educate the public regarding safe beach driving rules and regulations, public safety measures, and free shuttle services to Mickler’s Beachfront Park and St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier.
Please help maintain safe driving practices on St. Johns County beaches by complying with the following rules:
- Vehicle traffic must remain in the designated driving lanes as identified by cones.
- Parking is allowed on the west side of the driving lane between the cones and the conservation zone.
- Vehicles are allowed to drive 10 mph on the beach.
- Traffic is southbound only between A Street Ramp and Crescent Beach Ramp. Vehicles can travel two-way from Crescent Beach for approximately 3.5 miles south and able to turn around to exit at Crescent Ramp. Vehicles can continue past this area to exit off at Fort Matanzas. Please note, this stretch is tidal dependent and is one way only.
- Vehicles may not enter the beach at the Fort Matanzas Ramp.
- All vehicles are required to stop at all beach ramps and yield to all pedestrians.
- Soft sand conditions may exist. Read all signs as they are updated with changing conditions.
- Vehicles are permitted on the beach between 8:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Marine Rescue Lifeguard towers are stationed at various locations on County beaches. Lifeguards will be on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Beach visitors are asked to observe flag colors, swim near a lifeguard, practice social distancing, and call 911 in the event there is an emergency. The beaches are expected to experience a high risk of rip currents at the start of the holiday weekend and it is advised that visitors swim with caution.
Beach passes are required for vehicle access. Passes can be purchased with cash only at any of the beach access ramps. For the most up-to-date information on beach access and driving conditions, please download the Reach the Beach Mobile App (http://m.appbuild.io/stjohnsc6) and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@SJCBeaches).
South Beaches Driving Updates
Soft sand conditions are likely this holiday weekend, with rutting occurring in some areas, such as A-Street to Ocean Trace Road. This section of beach is mandated as four wheel drive only. Please abide by posted signage and information given by toll staff at all locations. Additional updates will be made daily during the weekend from Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25. For the most up-to-date information on beach access and driving conditions, please download the Reach the Beach Mobile App (http://m.appbuild.io/stjohnsc6) and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@SJCBeaches).
Vilano Beach and Porpoise Point Beach Driving Updates
Vilano Beach is open for vehicular access. Parking in the Vilano area is anticipated to be at capacity by 10 a.m. Please find alternative ways to access the beach, including walking, biking, carpooling, or visiting one of the other beachfront parks St. Johns County has to offer. Porpoise Point is currently closed to vehicular access. This area of beach has experienced extreme erosion and the vehicular ramp has been compromised, making the ramp impassible.
Memorial Day Shuttle Service
St. Johns County is offering a free shuttle service to Mickler’s Beachfront Park and the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25. The Mickler’s Beachfront Park shuttle will transport beach visitors between Cornerstone Park, 1046 A1A North, and Mickler’s Beachfront Park, which provides direct access to the beach. The Pier shuttle will transport beach visitors between St. Augustine Beach City Hall, 2200 A1A South, and the Pier parking lot, which provides direct access to Pier amenities and the beach. The shuttles will run every 20 minutes with the final shuttles departing at 4 p.m. In accordance with CDC recommendations and State of Florida safety guidelines, shuttles have safety plans in place to protect drivers and passengers, including drivers wearing masks, buses being sanitized frequently, social distancing protocols, capacity limited per trip, and beach equipment stored in the rear cargo bay.
Service updates will be provided via the Reach the Beach mobile app, the Beaches Twitter feed, and Facebook page. St. Johns County and the Tourist Development Council provide the Reach the Beach shuttles to give St. Johns County residents and visitors a safer and more convenient beach experience. For additional information, please visit www.sjcfl.us/beaches or call 904.209.0331.