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Crescent Beach, Florida

Located at the southern most end of Anastasia Island in St. Johns County, and almost six miles south of St. Augustine Beach, Florida, Crescent Beach is very popular for its wide, flat beaches. From highway A1A there are numerous beach access points available to the public. The beaches are clean and beautiful and depending when you're there, you may be practically alone on the beach. During holidays there is usually still plenty of empty beachfront if you want a bit of privacy. You'll be able to watch stunning sunrises and breathtaking sunsets over the Matanzas River. Surfing, swimming, beachcombing, walking, sunbathing and just pure, joyful relaxation are a few of the things to enjoy at this spectacular ocean beach. Not far away in St Augustine is nightlife, fine dining, golf, shopping and plenty of entertainment. Below are links to resources on this web page that can help you during your visit: Crescent Beach Florida Public Beach Access Crescent Beach Camping Things To Do At Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach Florida Public Beach Access:

Crescent Beach Park / Crescent Beach Pavilion - As you are traveling south on Hwy A1A from St. Augustine Beach you will see the intersection and traffic light where Hwy 206 crosses the Matanzas River. About one block continuing south on Hwy A1A, on the left-hand side of the highway you will see Cubbedge Road where there are approximately 145 free parking spaces, picnic pavilion, picnic tables, restrooms, showers and a boardwalk over the dunes. At the end of Cubbedge Road is vehicle access to the beach. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally. Spyglass Public Beach Access 8202 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL At 8635 Highway A1A, Crescent Beach, Florida the entrance to Fort Matanzas National Monument is on the west side of the highway and on the east side is a short road leading to beach parking, port-a-potty restroom facilities, and vehicle access to the beach. The Matanzas Inlet Parking Lot is another public beach access located on the Atlantic Ocean side of the highway at 8825 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080. From the paved parking lot there is a long boardwalk over the dunes leading to the beach. From the Matanzas Inlet West Parking Lot at 8655 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080, you will have beach access bordering the Matanzas River and you can walk south along this stretch of beach and under the bridge to access the Atlantic Ocean beach. With the soft sand, be prepared for a good workout if you decide to make the trek around the point.

Crescent Beach Camping

Although camping at Crescent Beach is no longer available at this time, there is no shortage of condominium and beach house rentals, with many oceanfront locations where within a few minutes you can walk out and get your feet in the sand and surf. Over 20 years ago Devils Elbow Fishing Resort, located on the west side of highway A1A, had several RV spaces available and adjacent to Devil's Elbow there was a small mobile home park that also rented RV sites. In a few minutes you could walk across the highway and the boardwalk onto the beautiful beach. You can still rent a cottage at the resort.

Things To Do At Crescent Beach

You'll be able to enjoy fun activities such as surfing, swimming, fishing, walking, bicycling, tanning, boogie boarding and more. You can drive on the beach with a pass and some limited horseback riding can be done with a permit. For current pass and permit information you'll want to visit the St. Johns website at http://www.sjcfl.us/HCP/Cars.aspx for driving your vehicle on Crescent Beach and for horseback riding permit information visit http://www.sjcfl.us/HCP/Riding.aspx. While you're at Crescent Beach, Florida you'll find a handful of gift shops and several places to eat. There's a grocery store (Publix) only a short drive from Highway 206 across the Matanzas River, then north on Highway 1 until you see the store on the west side of the road. If you're interested in history, then at the very south end of Crescent beach you'll want to visit the Fort Matanzas National Monument structure. You'll have to take the 36-passenger ferry across the Matanzas River to get to the fort. There's no charge to take the ferry and you can get a boarding pass at the  Fort Matanzas Visitor Center located at the southern most end of Crescent beach at 8635 Hwy A1A. Before you visit Fort Matanzas National Monument you'll want to check the National Park Service's website to find out whether or not the ferry is operating. Hurricanes and heavy tropical storms cause frequent damage to the island area, altering beach and dune structures and damaging facilities. Visit the Fort’s website by Clicking Here. Just a few miles south of Crescent Beach, across the Matanzas Inlet you'll find Marineland, a popular tourist attraction in spite of being overshadowed by Sea World in Orlando. There's still plenty to see and enjoy at Marineland including a dolphin encounter. You can visit their website at http://www.marineland.net. If you happen to be staying at Crescent Beach from the middle of November until the end of December you may want to take time to enjoy the very popular Nights of Lights festival in St. Augustine. Approximately three-million lights decorate the city and the holiday display starts at the Plaza de la Constitución and continues through St. Augustine's historic district. In St Augustine there are enough attractions to keep you busy day and night. The historic district, Old City, the old fort (Castillo de San Marcos) and many other sites important to the history of the area are on the must-see list for visitors.  One of the first stops you should make is at the St. Augustine Visitor Center located at 10 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084. The visitor's center telephone number is (904) 825-1086 and their website is http://www.citystaug.com/visiting/StartHere.php. There are museums, art galleries, boat tours, historic district tours and more in St. Augustine. Another resource, and a place to buy discount tickets is the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center website at https://www.trolleytours.com. Places to Stay - Condo and Vacation House Rentals Restaurants in and near Crescent Beach
Ibis at Crescent Beach, Florida
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Crescent Beach, Florida

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Crescent Beach, Florida

Located at the southern most end of Anastasia Island in St. Johns County, and almost six miles south of St. Augustine Beach, Florida, Crescent Beach is very popular for its wide, flat beaches. From highway A1A there are numerous beach access points available to the public. The beaches are clean and beautiful and depending when you're there, you may be practically alone on the beach. During holidays there is usually still plenty of empty beachfront if you want a bit of privacy. You'll be able to watch stunning sunrises and breathtaking sunsets over the Matanzas River. Surfing, swimming, beachcombing, walking, sunbathing and just pure, joyful relaxation are a few of the things to enjoy at this spectacular ocean beach. Not far away in St Augustine is nightlife, fine dining, golf, shopping and plenty of entertainment. Below are links to resources on this web page that can help you during your visit: Crescent Beach Florida Public Beach Access Crescent Beach Camping Things To Do At Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach Florida Public Beach Access:

Crescent Beach Park / Crescent Beach Pavilion - As you are traveling south on Hwy A1A from St. Augustine Beach you will see the intersection and traffic light where Hwy 206 crosses the Matanzas River. About one block continuing south on Hwy A1A, on the left-hand side of the highway you will see Cubbedge Road where there are approximately 145 free parking spaces, picnic pavilion, picnic tables, restrooms, showers and a boardwalk over the dunes. At the end of Cubbedge Road is vehicle access to the beach. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally. Spyglass Public Beach Access 8202 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL At 8635 Highway A1A, Crescent Beach, Florida the entrance to Fort Matanzas National Monument is on the west side of the highway and on the east side is a short road leading to beach parking, port-a-potty restroom facilities, and vehicle access to the beach. The Matanzas Inlet Parking Lot is another public beach access located on the Atlantic Ocean side of the highway at 8825 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080. From the paved parking lot there is a long boardwalk over the dunes leading to the beach. From the Matanzas Inlet West Parking Lot at 8655 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080, you will have beach access bordering the Matanzas River and you can walk south along this stretch of beach and under the bridge to access the Atlantic Ocean beach. With the soft sand, be prepared for a good workout if you decide to make the trek around the point.

Crescent Beach Camping

Although camping at Crescent Beach is no longer available at this time, there is no shortage of condominium and beach house rentals, with many oceanfront locations where within a few minutes you can walk out and get your feet in the sand and surf. Over 20 years ago Devils Elbow Fishing Resort, located on the west side of highway A1A, had several RV spaces available and adjacent to Devil's Elbow there was a small mobile home park that also rented RV sites. In a few minutes you could walk across the highway and the boardwalk onto the beautiful beach. You can still rent a cottage at the resort.

Things To Do At Crescent Beach

You'll be able to enjoy fun activities such as surfing, swimming, fishing, walking,  bicycling, tanning, boogie boarding and more. You can drive on the beach with a pass and some limited horseback riding can be done with a permit. For current pass and permit information you'll want to visit the St. Johns website at http://www.sjcfl.us/HCP/Cars.aspx for driving your vehicle on Crescent Beach and for horseback riding permit information visit http://www.sjcfl.us/HCP/Riding.aspx. While you're at Crescent Beach, Florida you'll find a handful of gift shops and several places to eat. There's a grocery store (Publix) only a short drive from Highway 206 across the Matanzas River, then north on Highway 1 until you see the store on the west side of the road. If you're interested in history, then at the very south end of Crescent beach you'll want to visit the Fort Matanzas National Monument structure. You'll have to take the 36-passenger ferry across the Matanzas River to get to the fort. There's no charge to take the ferry and you can get a boarding pass at the  Fort Matanzas Visitor Center located at the southern most end of Crescent beach at 8635 Hwy A1A. Before you visit Fort Matanzas National Monument you'll want to check the National Park Service's website to find out whether or not the ferry is operating. Hurricanes and heavy tropical storms cause frequent damage to the island area, altering beach and dune structures and damaging facilities. Visit the Fort’s website by Clicking Here. Just a few miles south of Crescent Beach, across the Matanzas Inlet you'll find Marineland, a popular tourist attraction in spite of being overshadowed by Sea World in Orlando. There's still plenty to see and enjoy at Marineland including a dolphin encounter. You can visit their website at http://www.marineland.net. If you happen to be staying at Crescent Beach from the middle of November until the end of December you may want to take time to enjoy the very popular Nights of Lights festival in St. Augustine. Approximately three-million lights decorate the city and the holiday display starts at the Plaza de la Constitución and continues through St. Augustine's historic district. In St Augustine there are enough attractions to keep you busy day and night. The historic district, Old City, the old fort (Castillo de San Marcos) and many other sites important to the history of the area are on the must- see list for visitors.  One of the first stops you should make is at the St. Augustine Visitor Center located at 10 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084. The visitor's center telephone number is (904) 825-1086 and their website is http://www.citystaug.com/visiting/StartHere.php. There are museums, art galleries, boat tours, historic district tours and more in St. Augustine. Another resource, and a place to buy discount tickets is the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center website at https://www.trolleytours.com. Places to Stay - Condo and Vacation House Rentals Restaurants in and near Crescent Beach
Ibis at Crescent Beach, Florida
Florida Sunset
Crescent Beach, Florida
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