Since St. Augustine is known for its attractions in the old city, including Fort Matanzas, many couples may be wondering if St. Augustine is the right choice for beach weddings. Situated along the Atlantic Ocean, St. Augustine’s pristine beaches we use for weddings include Vilano Beach north of the city to Butler Beach and Anastasia State Park. The area’s beaches feature a fishing pier, waterfront restaurants, pavilions, and shops. The beach is about 5 miles from the downtown historic area. Let’s answer some questions to help you make a decision regarding this lovely (and lively) location for your wedding day.
Is it better to stay at the beach or in the city?
The beautiful and clean beaches of St. Augustine can best be enjoyed if you stay at a hotel at the beach. With many good restaurants to suit every taste and budget, it is easy to walk out to the beach without having to find or pay for parking. To get the best of both worlds, why not buy a ticket for a trolley tour and you can ride the shuttle bus (and the trolley train) to old town St Augustine to see all the attractions there.
Tucked away in this charming little beach town you’ll find shopping, fun eateries and beach cottages to rent. The town of Vilano Beach offers a charming Art Deco look, and this local beach is wonderful. However, Vilano Beach is undergoing a refresh project as part of a post-storm recovery effort so it may not be available for weddings until later in 2021. We recommend you ask us about this location and we can find out for you.
St. Augustine Main Beach
Everything is here for the ideal beach vacation—sunny accommodations, tropical seaside restaurants, a beachfront park with an impressive fishing pier, pavilion, splash park and sand volleyball. Plus, a relaxed attitude. This is a great beach for families, and has a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. The harder packed sand is perfect for riding a bike or taking a romantic walk together at sunset.
Anastasia State Park
Located on Anastasia Island, with 1,600 acres, including four miles of pristine beach, tidal salt marshes and hammock preserves, Anastasia State Park has just about everything a wedding couple could ask for! Once you arrive at Anastasia Park Beach, you’ll realize that it’s the perfect wedding destination. Imagine standing in front of the crystal clear ocean with your toes in the velvet sand saying “I do” to the one you love. Your family and friends will never forget the day they witnessed your vows in this natural paradise. There are plenty of opportunities for our beach wedding photographer to capture every memory, like the couple below who married with our Rustic Romance ceremony package.
What beaches can you drive on?
There is no beach driving permitted on the beaches near Fort Matanzas or in Anastasia State Park. Otherwise passes can be obtained from toll booth operators during the beach season. However, you don’t need to worry about driving in and setting up your beach wedding decor because Florida Beach Weddings takes care of it all. You just show up on the St. Augustine beach and say your vows…so easy and stress-free.
Is the beach good for swimming
The shells are abundant so if you like to look for shells, these ocean beaches may be a good spot for you. The Atlantic ocean water is clear and blue and perfect for swimming, fishing, surfing and boating.
Where can I have a wedding reception?
The Sea Turtle Pavilion is located close to the ocean and lifeguarded beach in Anastasia State Park. It features water and electric services. Click here to view more rental information. Maximum occupancy – 130 guests. One of our couples decorated the pavilion in their wedding theme colors and it was so pretty for all their guests.
For a restaurant dinner reception after your St. Augustine beach wedding ceremony, A1A Ale works is a place to be considered. They have two private dining options, one for up to 60 guests and one for larger parties, so weddings of all sizes can have a private dining option.
Really, it will be difficult to find a more charming and wonderful place to have your beach wedding than St. Augustine. Once you have paid your deposit and secured your wedding date, it will be nothing but fun to choose your wedding dress and find your perfect wedding package design. Why not choose the Destiny package below: it is our most customizable design with over 20 colors to choose from. Contact one of our beach wedding planners today!