Enjoying St. Johns County
Beaches, bars, and restaurants are abundant in this coastal county
Situated between Jacksonville’s lively metropolitan area and the wondrous St. Augustine historic district, St. Johns County offers something for everyone. Nature enthusiasts, avid shoppers, and foodies congregate in this county for its seemingly endless list of activities, restaurants, and retail options.
You have every opportunity to explore the great outdoors at Anastasia State Park. This pristine white sand park boasts a vibrant history and a multitude of amenities and activities, including four miles of coastline, several miles of park road with bike lanes, countless birding opportunities, sailing the Salt Run, RV and tent camping, fishing, geocaching, hiking, picnicking, kayaking, surfing, canoeing, and more! Whether you visit for the day or set up camp for a few nights, you’ll undoubtedly have a fantastic time at Anastasia State Park.
Completed in 1742, Fort Matanzas National Monument preserves the fortified coquina watchtower, which defended the southern approach to the Spanish military settlement of St. Augustine. Additionally, the monument protects nearly 300 acres of Florida's coastal environment containing dunes, marsh, maritime forest, and associated plants and creatures. Relax on the beach, explore nature or marsh trails, enjoy some recreational fishing, and bask in the park’s stunning natural and cultural resources.
Given the abundance of scenic coastline, St. Johns County beaches offer some of Florida's best wildlife viewing and recreational opportunities. With nesting season beginning in May, County residents have the incredible opportunity and responsibility of protecting several species of endangered and threatened sea turtles. When locals aren’t busy glimpsing magnificent wildlife, they spend warm, sunny Florida days sunbathing, fishing, swimming, and strolling the endless miles of breathtaking coastline.
If you’re seeking some guidance on various ways to enjoy St. Johns County’s natural offerings, explore SJC Programs. From learning the ins and outs of saltwater fishing to kayaking Durbin Creek, there are a plethora of ways to appease your inner adventurer.
No matter the time of day or occasion, St. Johns County offers fantastic dining options. When you wake up ready to start your day with a hearty meal and a beautiful view, head to Mary's Harbor View Cafe for scrumptious eggs benedict, salads, sandwiches, and more. A trip to Maple Street Biscuits can easily take you from breakfast to lunch with fresh biscuits made with artisan flour and butter, sausage and mushroom gravies, homemade jams and jellies, mimosas, and the indulgent Maple Mocha.
When seeking a spot your entire family will love, One Twenty Three Burger House comes through with burgers, wings, pizzas, kid-friendly mac ‘n cheese, grilled cheese, and fried chicken tenders. For a memorable seafood-centric meal, Harry's serves exceptional fares heavily inspired by southern, Cajun, and Creole flavors weaving throughout its modernized menus.
Impress your sweetheart on your next date night with a reservation at Preserved Restaurant. This phenomenal eatery uses fresh, regionally-sourced ingredients to produce authentic southern fares in this gorgeous Jefferson House-turned restaurant. An intimate dinner awaits you at Collage, a globally-inspired establishment with a sizeable wine list and a romantic ambiance.
Once you’ve had your fill of fantastic food, stop by one of the local bars for a nightcap. Odd Birds Cocktail Lounge & Kitchen is a beloved, trendy spot with a relaxed vibe, innovative cocktails, and varied small plates ideal for sharing with friends. When you wish for nothing more than some soul-quenching oysters and an ice-cold brew after a long workday, Meehan's Irish Pub & Seafood House is the place to be.