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Florida Coastal Access Guide - St Johns County at a Glance Quicklinks
St. Johns county highlighted on a map of Florida
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St. Johns at a Glance

Coastal Cities
Crescent Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine Beach, Vilano Beach
Popular Spot Historic St. Augustine
Sandy Beaches 41.1 miles
Public Accesses 99
Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail 13 sites
State Parks & Lands Acres
Anastasia State Park 1,592
Faver-Dykes State Park 6,045
Fort Mose Historic State Park 41
Guana River Marsh Aquatic Preserve 40,000
Federal Lands Acres
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument 18
Fort Matanzas National Monument 300
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.

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Last updated: April 26, 2012


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