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 Vilano Beach, Florida

The town of Vilano Beach is considered to be a "Best Kept Secret" vacation destination by many visitors. This small community is located in St. Johns County along the Atlantic Ocean on the east side and the Tolomato River on the west. This unincorporated town encompasses less than 2 square miles. Vacationers love the retro, Art Deco feel of this unique, charming town. Directions are easy: From Saint Augustine, follow highway A1A / San Marco Ave  highway north along the A1A / Vilano Causeway until you cross the Tolomato River via the Francis and Mary Usina Bridge, arriving in Vilano Beach. The view from the Mary Usina Bridge is a visual treat in its own right. If you're traveling south from Jacksonville, Florida you might enjoy taking the scenic route by following highway A!A south, through Ponte Verda Beach, and then arriving at Vilano Beach. After hurricane Matthew a multi-million dollar restoration and renourishment program began in order to repair lost beach area. The process involved pumping sand from the ocean floor through pipes onto the beach. There’s a lot to know about this charming town and the many things it has to offer both local residents and visitors. The links below will help you navigate to the sections you’re most interested in: Vilano Beach Camping Vilano Beach Access Points Things To Do and Attractions In Vilano Beach Property For Sale in Vilano Beach Additional Resources and Information for Vilano Beach

Vilano Beach Camping

If you're looking for an RV park then the closest campground is just a couple of miles north of Vilano Beach. North Beach Camp is located on the west side of highway A1A. The campground has Cabins, RV sites and tent sites for your camping needs. Be sure to call ahead for a reservation before you go. North Beach Camp 4125 Coastal Hwy, St. Augustine, FL 32084 Telephone: (904) 824-1806 Website: https://northbeachcamp.com

Vilano Beach Access Points

Vilano Beach Pavilion and Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park 20 Vilano Road St. Augustine, FL These facilities are Located in Vilano Beach. If you are traveling north from St. Augustine across the Vilano Bridge (highway A1A), you'll turn right at the first street on the right hand side of the highway,  Coastal Highway, and then travel south to the intersection at Vilano Road, and then turn left. At the intersection of Vilano Road and Anahma Drive you'll first see the Vilano Beach Pavilion and then the Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park. Amenities include parking, restrooms, dune walkover, pavilion, a splash park and bicycle racks. Vehicle beach access is available at the adjacent Vilano Beach Ramp Surf Side Park 11 Surfside Ave. St. Augustine, FL Heading north from Vilano, this park is on the Atlantic Ocean side of highway A1A about 1/2 mile from the Vilano vehicle access ramp. You'll turn right onto Surfside Avenue and the park is immediately on the left hand side of the street. 4x4 vehicles are able to access the beach from Surfside Avenue. The park has amenities including ample parking, a dune walkover, pavilion and picnic tables, restrooms and showers. Nease Beachfront Park 3171 Coastal Highway (Highway A1A) St. Augustine, FL 32086 This 3.2 acre park is located on the west side of highway A1A. After you park your car you'll have to cross the highway to access the beach. North Beach Park 3721 Coastal Highway (Highway A1A) St. Augustine, Florida Located on the west side of highway A1A there is parking, a reservable picnic pavilion, restrooms and showers, grills, a playground and a walkover to the beach. Usina Beach 4100 Coastal Highway (Highway A1A) St. Augustine, Florida The beach access is approximately one mile north of Vilano Beach, on the Atlantic Ocean side of the highway, just past the Reef Restaurant. There aren't any facilities available at this location. South Ponte Vedra Park 2995 S Ponte Vedra Blvd (highway A1A North of Vilano Beach) Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 From Vilano Beach travel north about 4 miles and you'll find South Ponte Vedra Park on the right-hand side of highway A1A. There's free parking, picnic tables and grills and boardwalk to the beach. Beach Access at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve 2701 S Ponte Vedra Blvd (Highway A1A) Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida From Vilano Beach you will have to drive about 6 miles north to arrive at the beach access point. There is plenty of parking and then you'll have to walk across the highway and the boardwalk over the dunes. As of this writing, there is a service station next to the beach parking lot where you can buy refreshments and gas. While you're there you may be interested in visiting the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve located on the other side of the road. More information about the reserve is available at https://floridadep.gov/fco/nerr-gtm. There are numerous other beach access points near and north of Vilano Beach, but parking may be very limited or nonexistent. A very good resource is the downloadable North Beach Access Map provided by St. Johns County by clicking on this link. Also you may want to check the County website for updated information about beach passes and the status of various Parks at http://www.sjcfl.us/Beaches/index.aspx. If you intend to drive on the beach, keep in mind that there are driving hours that are imposed. Also, there are many beach areas that are only suitable for 4x4 vehicles. St. Johns County's web page at http://www.sjcfl.us/Beaches/Policy.aspx  lists beach rules and safe driving information. Before you arrive at the beach you may want to know in advance of your arrival what the ocean temperature and surf conditions are by visiting http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Vilano-Beach/seatemp and tide chart at http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Vilano-Beach/tides/latest. For low and high tide information you can also consult the NOAA tide predictions at this tide prediction link.  Here is a link to a free St. Augustine, Florida surf cam, time delayed . . . http://www.surf-station.com/st-augustine-hd-wave-cam/ so you can see what the wave action is.

Things To Do and Attractions In Vilano Beach

Are you a history buff? Vilano Beach and St. Augustine have a rich history and just a couple of miles away from Vilano Beach, St Augustine bills itself as the oldest continuously occupied city in the continental United States. A couple of the highlights you will not want to miss are the reconstructed Old Town and the Old Fort (the Castillo de San Marcos). The dressing of the Palms, where the palm trees along the streets at Vilano Beach's Town Center are decorated during the holiday season from the end of October until the end of December. The Vilano Beach Town Center is a unique business area with an Art Deco style where visitors can walk between two waterfronts. There are restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and the beaches to keep you busy. If golf is your thing then this part of Florida is a dream come true. Here's a link to an article about local golfing. A good starting point is to visit the St. Johns Golf Club public golf course http://www.sjgc.com/About.aspx#.WnTKWedG3IU. Then there is the annual Vilano Fest at Town Center that locals and visitors alike enjoy. The festival includes a Music Fest, arts and crafts vendors, the Sea Turtle Soiree and the Tour of Homes where you can view historic and modern homes and enjoy the architecture that defines this part of Florida. Visit the Vilano Fest web page at http://www.vilanobeachfl.com for dates and information. Runners enjoy participating in the Annual Vilano Bridge Run. This 5K/10K event helps to support the local community. Learn more about the event by clicking on the Annual Vilano Bridge Run link at this web page . . . http://www.vilanobeachfl.com. The Vilano Beach Pier is another destination point you may want to visit. The pier is on the river side of Vilano Beach at the Matanzas Inlet and the address is: Vilano Beach Pier 260 Vilano Road St. Augustine, FL, 32084 This facility, with free public access, is not your typical pier. The pier entrance is framed by a dolphin archway, there's the quirky Bluebird of Happiness Statue and also the beautiful tiled fountains add charm and ambiance to the Art Deco theme. You can book a Dolphin Tour and board at the pier, fish or just enjoy the beautiful sunsets while you overlook the river. The fishing pier is very popular with locals and visitors and although there isn't a fishing report specific to the Vilano Beach Fishing Pier, you can consult a fishing forecast website (http://www.tides4fishing.com/us/florida-east- coast/vilano-beach) that gives basic information about barometric pressure, wind, temperature, humidity and visibility. Nearly everyone enjoys the beaches here and popular activities include, driving on the beach, horseback riding, swimming, surfing, picnicking, walking the beach, kite flying, kite boarding, skimboarding and collecting sea glass, shells and shark teeth. For water activities there are plenty of places where you can rent a boat, Jet Ski or a Kayak. About a mile and a half north of Vilano Beach, Castle Castle Otttis is another interesting place to visit. Completed in 1984, this structure was designed to create the impression of an Irish castle of 1,000 years ago. According to the Castle's website, "The Castle is made available by appointment to schools, churches, colleges, universities, institutions and community groups for academic and spiritual environments and has provided a unique setting for small, intimate wedding ceremonies". For more information about this quirky landmark visit their website at http://castleotttis.com. Popular parks and beach access within Vilano Beach include: At the southern end of Vilano Beach is Porpoise Point where people enjoy fishing and use the access ramp at Matanzas Inlet. From Porpoise Point you can see downtown St. Augustine and enjoy watching Dolphins play. A very popular park and beach access point is the Vilano Beach Pavilion and Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park located at 20 Vilano Road in Vilano Beach. The next park within the city limits is Surfside Park located at 11 Surfside Ave (just off highway A1A). A little further toward north end of the city is Nease Beachfront Park at 3171 Coastal Highway (highway A1A). If you are driving north on A1A, the last park before leaving Vilano Beach is North Beach Park located at 3721 Coastal Highway highway A1A).

Condos, Houses, Land, Lots, Oceanfront and Waterfront Homes, and Townhomes For Sale in Vilano Beach,

Florida

You may fall in love with the Vilano Beach area and want to live there permanently. One of the problems with Internet searches is that you often have to wade through real estate listings that are nothing more than lists compiled from local MLS records. If you are looking for a local Real Estate Broker that in fact knows and understands the local market, then here are a few Realtors actually located in the area: Vilano Beach Town Center Realty 115 Vilano Rd # A St. Augustine, FL 32084 Telephone: (904) 824-2177 Website: http://www.vilanorealty.com Barbara Jenness, Realtor 313 Porpoise Point Drive Saint Augustine, FL 32084 Telephone:  (904) 823-0027 Website: https://www.barbarajenness.com Madie Martin, Associate RE/MAX UNLIMITED 85 Ava Way #107 Saint Augustine, FL 32084 Telephone: (720) 480-2108 Website: https://www.remax.com/realestateagentoffice/staugustine-fl-32084-madiemartin-id27949746.html

Additional Resources and Information for Vilano Beach, FL

Vilano Beach Hotels - Where to Stay Vilano Beach Restaurants - Where to Eat For a partial list of businesses located in Vilano Beach  - http://www.vilanobeachfl.com/community/businesses History about Vilano Beach - http://www.vilanobeachfl.com/history Vilano Beach Website - http://www.vilanobeachfl.com Information from St Johns County about Vilano Beach Town Center  - Click on this link.
Vilano Beach, Florida
Boardwalk over ocean dunes
Old City, St. Augustine, Florida
Seagull at the beach

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 Vilano Beach, Florida

The town of Vilano Beach is considered to be a "Best Kept  Secret" vacation destination by many visitors. This small community is located in St. Johns County along the Atlantic Ocean on the east side and the Tolomato River on the west. This unincorporated town encompasses less than 2 square miles. Vacationers love the retro, Art Deco feel of this unique, charming town. Directions are easy: From Saint Augustine, follow highway A1A / San Marco Ave  highway north along the A1A / Vilano Causeway until you cross the Tolomato River via the Francis and Mary Usina Bridge, arriving in Vilano Beach. The view from the Mary Usina Bridge is a visual treat in its own right. If you're traveling south from Jacksonville, Florida you might enjoy taking the scenic route by following highway A!A south, through Ponte Verda Beach, and then arriving at Vilano Beach. After hurricane Matthew a multi-million dollar restoration and renourishment program began in order to repair lost beach area. The process involved pumping sand from the ocean floor through pipes onto the beach. There’s a lot to know about this charming town and the many things it has to offer both local residents and visitors. The links below will help you navigate to the sections you’re most interested in: Vilano Beach Camping Vilano Beach Access Points Things To Do and Attractions In Vilano Beach Property For Sale in Vilano Beach Additional Resources and Information for Vilano Beach

Vilano Beach Camping

If you're looking for an RV park then the closest campground is just a couple of miles north of Vilano Beach. North Beach Camp is located on the west side of highway A1A. The campground has Cabins, RV sites and tent sites for your camping needs. Be sure to call ahead for a reservation before you go. North Beach Camp 4125 Coastal Hwy, St. Augustine, FL 32084 Telephone: (904) 824-1806 Website: https://northbeachcamp.com

Vilano Beach Access Points

Vilano Beach Pavilion and Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park 20 Vilano Road St. Augustine, FL These facilities are Located in Vilano Beach. If you are traveling north from St. Augustine across the Vilano Bridge (highway A1A), you'll turn right at the first street on the right hand side of the highway,  Coastal Highway, and then travel south to the intersection at Vilano Road, and then turn left. At the intersection of Vilano Road and Anahma Drive you'll first see the Vilano Beach Pavilion and then the Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park. Amenities include parking, restrooms, dune walkover, pavilion, a splash park and bicycle racks. Vehicle beach access is available at the adjacent Vilano Beach Ramp Surf Side Park 11 Surfside Ave. St. Augustine, FL Heading north from Vilano, this park is on the Atlantic Ocean side of highway A1A about 1/2 mile from the Vilano vehicle access ramp. You'll turn right onto Surfside Avenue and the park is immediately on the left hand side of the street. 4x4 vehicles are able to access the beach from Surfside Avenue. The park has amenities including ample parking, a dune walkover, pavilion and picnic tables, restrooms and showers. Nease Beachfront Park 3171 Coastal Highway (Highway A1A) St. Augustine, FL 32086 This 3.2 acre park is located on the west side of highway A1A. After you park your car you'll have to cross the highway to access the beach. North Beach Park 3721 Coastal Highway (Highway A1A) St. Augustine, Florida Located on the west side of highway A1A there is parking, a reservable picnic pavilion, restrooms and showers, grills, a playground and a walkover to the beach. Usina Beach 4100 Coastal Highway (Highway A1A) St. Augustine, Florida The beach access is approximately one mile north of Vilano Beach, on the Atlantic Ocean side of the highway, just past the Reef Restaurant. There aren't any facilities available at this location. South Ponte Vedra Park 2995 S Ponte Vedra Blvd (highway A1A North of Vilano Beach) Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 From Vilano Beach travel north about 4 miles and you'll find South Ponte Vedra Park on the right-hand side of highway A1A. There's free parking, picnic tables and grills and boardwalk to the beach. Beach Access at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve 2701 S Ponte Vedra Blvd (Highway A1A) Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida From Vilano Beach you will have to drive about 6 miles north to arrive at the beach access point. There is plenty of parking and then you'll have to walk across the highway and the boardwalk over the dunes. As of this writing, there is a service station next to the beach parking lot where you can buy refreshments and gas. While you're there you may be interested in visiting the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve located on the other side of the road. More information about the reserve is available at https://floridadep.gov/fco/nerr-gtm. There are numerous other beach access points near and north of Vilano Beach, but parking may be very limited or nonexistent. A very good resource is the downloadable North Beach Access Map provided by St. Johns County by clicking on this link. Also you may want to check the County website for updated information about beach passes and the status of various Parks at http://www.sjcfl.us/Beaches/index.aspx. If you intend to drive on the beach, keep in mind that there are driving hours that are imposed. Also, there are many beach areas that are only suitable for 4x4 vehicles. St. Johns County's web page at http://www.sjcfl.us/Beaches/Policy.aspx lists beach rules and safe driving information. Before you arrive at the beach you may want to know in advance of your arrival what the ocean temperature and surf conditions are by visiting http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Vilano-Beach/seatemp and tide chart at http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Vilano-Beach/tides/latest. For low and high tide information you can also consult the NOAA tide predictions at this tide prediction link.  Here is a link to a free St. Augustine, Florida surf cam, time delayed . . . http://www.surf-station.com/st-augustine-hd- wave-cam/ so you can see what the wave action is.

Things To Do and Attractions In Vilano Beach

Are you a history buff? Vilano Beach and St. Augustine have a rich history and just a couple of miles away from Vilano Beach, St Augustine bills itself as the oldest continuously occupied city in the continental United States. A couple of the highlights you will not want to miss are the reconstructed Old Town and the Old Fort (the Castillo de San Marcos). The dressing of the Palms, where the palm trees along the streets at Vilano Beach's Town Center are decorated during the holiday season from the end of October until the end of December. The Vilano Beach Town Center is a unique business area with an Art Deco style where visitors can walk between two waterfronts. There are restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and the beaches to keep you busy. If golf is your thing then this part of Florida is a dream come true. Here's a link to an article about local golfing. A good starting point is to visit the St. Johns Golf Club public golf course http://www.sjgc.com/About.aspx#.WnTKWedG3IU. Then there is the annual Vilano Fest at Town Center that locals and visitors alike enjoy. The festival includes a Music Fest, arts and crafts vendors, the Sea Turtle Soiree and the Tour of Homes where you can view historic and modern homes and enjoy the architecture that defines this part of Florida. Visit the Vilano Fest web page at http://www.vilanobeachfl.com for dates and information. Runners enjoy participating in the Annual Vilano Bridge Run. This 5K/10K event helps to support the local community. Learn more about the event by clicking on the Annual Vilano Bridge Run link at this web page . . . http://www.vilanobeachfl.com. The Vilano Beach Pier is another destination point you may want to visit. The pier is on the river side of Vilano Beach at the Matanzas Inlet and the address is: Vilano Beach Pier 260 Vilano Road St. Augustine, FL, 32084 This facility, with free public access, is not your typical pier. The pier entrance is framed by a dolphin archway, there's the quirky Bluebird of Happiness Statue and also the beautiful tiled fountains add charm and ambiance to the Art Deco theme. You can book a Dolphin Tour and board at the pier, fish or just enjoy the beautiful sunsets while you overlook the river. The fishing pier is very popular with locals and visitors and although there isn't a fishing report specific to the Vilano Beach Fishing Pier, you can consult a fishing forecast website (http://www.tides4fishing.com/us/florida-east-coast/vilano- beach) that gives basic information about barometric pressure, wind, temperature, humidity and visibility. Nearly everyone enjoys the beaches here and popular activities include, driving on the beach, horseback riding, swimming, surfing, picnicking, walking the beach, kite flying, kite boarding, skimboarding and collecting sea glass, shells and shark teeth. For water activities there are plenty of places where you can rent a boat, Jet Ski or a Kayak. About a mile and a half north of Vilano Beach, Castle Castle Otttis is another interesting place to visit. Completed in 1984, this structure was designed to create the impression of an Irish castle of 1,000 years ago. According to the Castle's website, "The Castle is made available by appointment to schools, churches, colleges, universities, institutions and community groups for academic and spiritual environments and has provided a unique setting for small, intimate wedding ceremonies". For more information about this quirky landmark visit their website at http://castleotttis.com. Popular parks and beach access within Vilano Beach include: At the southern end of Vilano Beach is Porpoise Point where people enjoy fishing and use the access ramp at Matanzas Inlet. From Porpoise Point you can see downtown St. Augustine and enjoy watching Dolphins play. A very popular park and beach access point is the Vilano Beach Pavilion and Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park located at 20 Vilano Road in Vilano Beach. The next park within the city limits is Surfside Park located at 11 Surfside Ave (just off highway A1A). A little further toward north end of the city is Nease Beachfront Park at 3171 Coastal Highway (highway A1A). If you are driving north on A1A, the last park before leaving Vilano Beach is North Beach Park located at 3721 Coastal Highway highway A1A).

Condos, Houses, Land, Lots, Oceanfront and

Waterfront Homes, and Townhomes For Sale in

Vilano Beach, Florida

You may fall in love with the Vilano Beach area and want to live there permanently. One of the problems with Internet searches is that you often have to wade through real estate listings that are nothing more than lists compiled from local MLS records. If you are looking for a local Real Estate Broker that in fact knows and understands the local market, then here are a few Realtors actually located in the area: Vilano Beach Town Center Realty 115 Vilano Rd # A St. Augustine, FL 32084 Telephone: (904) 824-2177 Website: http://www.vilanorealty.com Barbara Jenness, Realtor 313 Porpoise Point Drive Saint Augustine, FL 32084 Telephone:  (904) 823-0027 Website: https://www.barbarajenness.com Madie Martin, Associate RE/MAX UNLIMITED 85 Ava Way #107 Saint Augustine, FL 32084 Telephone: (720) 480-2108 Website: https://www.remax.com/realestateagentoffice/staugustine- fl-32084-madiemartin-id27949746.html

Additional Resources and Information for Vilano

Beach, FL

Vilano Beach Hotels - Where to Stay Vilano Beach Restaurants - Where to Eat For a partial list of businesses located in Vilano Beach  - http://www.vilanobeachfl.com/community/businesses History about Vilano Beach - http://www.vilanobeachfl.com/history Vilano Beach Website - http://www.vilanobeachfl.com Information from St Johns County about Vilano Beach Town Center  - Click on this link.
Vilano Beach, Florida
Boardwalk over ocean dunes
Old City, St. Augustine, Florida
Seagull at the beach
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