St. Johns County Parks & Recreation

Perfectly located between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Beacon Lake is quickly becoming the jewel of the northern Florida Atlantic coast. Your home community sits nestled amongst several St. Johns County parks and abundant recreational opportunities that begin in your own backyard.

Whether you feel like taking a dip in the pool, venturing out for a beach day, or going on a nature walk; there’s no shortage of things to do with the abundance of St. Johns County park and recreation opportunities nearby!

Here are some favorite spots among our Beacon Lake residents, and check out the bottom of the page for a full list of St. Johns County parks and recreational areas:


Here at Home in Beacon Lake

It’s all here when you choose to call Beacon Lake your home. Paddle across the 43 acres of pristine lake, and enjoy the beauty of your surroundings. Swim in the outdoor Junior Olympic pool, splash around in the water park, play on your tennis courts or the various sports fields.

The lake itself provides the chance to participate in a variety of recreational opportunities. The lake’s shoreline makes for scenic afternoon walks, and the abundance of wildlife makes for excellent birdwatching and fishing outings. Even something as simple as sunbathing or relaxing with a good book can make for a fun day at the lake!

There’s also a Bark Park for your canine companions to enjoy. When you’re ready to explore beyond the Beacon Lake Community, take in the area parks for even more recreational opportunities.


Local St. Johns County Parks

Boneyard Beach and Big Talbot Island, one of many St. Johns County parks

The Florida State Park System includes the Big Talbot Island State Park, with its revered Boneyard Beach. The Atlantic Ocean created this remarkable area by hurling eroded trees upon the shore, and now you can enjoy the natural beauty of a scenic spot unspoiled by modern progress.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission oversees the Twelve Mile Swamp Conversation Area. It’s a get-a-way favorite for hiking, biking, horseback riding or just viewing wildlife. The Wildlife Management Area (WMA) allows seasonal hunting.  


Florida Beaches

Recreation in St. Johns County includes the many beaches along Jacksonville's coast

It’s not Florida without a beach. Take the gang to the South Ponte Vedra Beach Recreation Area to experience some of the best of the east coast sun and surf. You’ll have walkover steps to the sands as well as access to picnic tables and grills.

Mickler’s Landing, at the southern end of South Ponte Vedra Beach, offers restrooms and showers. Lifeguards patrol the waters during peak season.

Not sure about the right beach for you? Download the St. Johns County Beaches app for help.


River Access

Exploring the San Marcos River makes for a fun recreational activity in St. Johns County

Good things sometimes come in small packages. Take advantage of the gorgeous scenery while you sit a spell at the Riverfront Park along the San Marco River. You may even get to see manatees in the water looking back at you. Best of all, you’ll be close to some amazing restaurants.

Whether you want to stay within the comfortable and safe confines of your Beacon Lake community with resort-style amenities or explore the many recreational parks and activities nearby, there’s always something new and exciting to do nearby!