How to Visit South Ponte Vedra Beach Like a Pro

by Crystal Carder

South Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida is one of the coolest beaches I’ve ever visited. It has so many seashells, that if you can’t make it to the Gulf side of Florida, this is definitely the beach to take children to to collect shells – they will love it!

South Ponte Vedra Beach seashell beach

It’s hard to believe its already been a week since we’ve been back from our Florida vacation. It was so sunny and warm there, that it was definitely a shock coming back home to cold and snow. I am still dreaming about all the amazing beaches we visited on our trip. One of our favorite beaches, South Ponte Vedra Beach, is one that we loved so much, that I couldn’t wait to tell you all about it.

If you are planning a vacation to Florida, you have to make the stop at South Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida along your way. This beach is completely different from the beaches of St. Augustine and offers a laid-back, private beach vibe. To get the most out of your visit, though, there are a few things you should probably know before you go. That’s why I’ve created this handy-dandy guide of all the things we learned during our visit to S. Ponte Vedra Beach.

Know Before You Go, South Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.


The part of South Ponte Vedra Beach that we visited is actually located just a few miles from St. Augustine Beach in Florida. It’s right off of Florida’s Highway, A1A and located in St. Johns County, Florida.

getting to south Ponte verdra beach

The beach is located just two miles south of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve and offers an unobstructed view of the ocean from the road.


Parking at S. Ponte Vedra Beach is not free but is fairly priced. At just $3, per car, guest park using an “honor-system” type parking style where they place $3 in an envelope and hang a parking ticket on their car’s rearview mirror. 

parking across the street at South Ponte vedra beach fl

Once you are parked, you can then walk across the street, using a crosswalk to get to the beach.

The Beach

Walking onto South Ponte Vedra Beach isn’t like you would expect a beach to be. Instead of white, pearly sand, the sand here is made up of seashells and seashell fragments. It’s not the type of beach where you instantly kick off your shoes and walk on it, but if you desire, you can still walk on the beach without shoes, it may just be a little more uncomfortable.

This beach offers the chance to find many unique seashells, but I would suggest visiting this beach after high tide. On the day we visited, we were on the beach during high tide and found some really cool shells, but our coolest ones were found during low tide. In fact, we found these really awesome and “hard-to-find” shells right on the water’s edge during low tide.

Kids & This Beach

If you are visiting this beach with kids, you may be wondering how good this beach is for them. Well, in our experience, it was perfect. At low tide, the kids were able to walk with us out in the ocean and the water was clear enough that we could even spot shells below our feet in the water.

The beach was private enough that the kids could run and be kids without bothering anyone. In fact, we were some of the only people on the beach that day besides a few fishermen.

In terms of beach toys, our kids seemed to love scooping through seashells more than they loved playing in the sand. Of course, the only thing they couldn’t do on this beach was make a sandcastle, but we loved everything else about this beach.

beach for kids

At the end of the day, South Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida is one that I’m looking forward to coming back to year after year. Although we probably wouldn’t spend more than a day here, this beach offers an experience that most others do not. Plus it’s so secluded from beach houses and beach-goers, that it makes for more of a relaxing beach experience. 

If you are traveling to the nearby, St. Augustine, I suggest making the small additional drive to South Ponte Vedra Beach, your whole family will love it!

Have you ever been to this beach?

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