North Florida’s beaches hardly get the attention of those farther south or on the Gulf of Mexico. But there’s a lot to love about this laid-back surf community just north of St. Augustine’s busy historic district. The beach’s steep drop-off makes little waves jack up nicely, so Vilano is a favorite with surfers—especially on the incoming tide, when the waves are best. And Porpoise Point, on the southern end of the beach, is a great place to cast a line into the surf and fish. Facilities at the beach include parking, showers, pavilions that can be rented for gatherings, and picnic areas.
By Terry Ward, AFAR Local Expert
Walk Along Vilano Beach
A tranquil beach located about 10 minutes from Old Town. Away from the hustle and bustle, it's a place to go to relax or bring kids. There's plenty of room to spread out, build sand castles, or simply hang out with a good book.