St. Johns at a Glance
|Crescent Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine Beach, Vilano Beach
||Historic St. Augustine
|Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail
|State Parks & Lands
|Anastasia State Park
|Faver-Dykes State Park
|Fort Mose Historic State Park
|Guana River Marsh Aquatic Preserve
|Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
|Fort Matanzas National Monument
|Bays & Inlets
|St. Augustine Inlet, Salt Run
|Rivers & Paddling Trails
|Matanzas River, Tolomato River, Guana River, Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail segment (St. Augustine)
St. Johns County, known as Florida's
Historic Coast, has a rich history of exploration, colonization and piracy.
St. Johns County comes equipped with beautiful beaches, world renowned golf
courses, a wide variety of museums and historical sites, fine dining
locations and a burgeoning art and music scene. Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine,
Vilano and Crescent Beaches are among the most popular beachfront locations
in the county. St. Johns County is comprised of 41 miles of coastline.
The coastal areas of St. Johns County are mostly sand dunes with wooded
habitats. In the interior of the county, wetlands and areas with tall pines
and shrubs, provide habitat to an abundance of wildlife. Some of the
wildlife most commonly found in St. Johns County includes wood storks,
eastern indigo snakes, and gopher tortoises. Every species of crocodile and
alligator in the world can be found at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.
Founded in 1596 by Pedro Menendez, St. Augustine is known as the nation's
oldest city. Following St. Augustine's establishment as America's first
city, a tumultuous period of battles, pirate raids, and wars etched its
place on the historical makeup of this city. Today, history enthusiasts will
find reenactments, historical buildings, ghost tours, monuments and museums.
To retain its historically quaint appeal, it is unlawful to construct a
building higher than 35 feet on this stretch of Florida's Historic Coast. St.
Augustine's historic downtown is a unique city with activities for everyone.
The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve is approximately 73,000 acres and offers visitors many outdoor recreation opportunities ranging from scenic hikes, kayaking, boating and bird watching. St. Johns County is also a popular destination for surfers, golfers and fishing enthusiasts.