About our Community
Photo by Turning Tide Photos
Vilano Beach Main Street, Inc. emerged out of original visioning and planning by North Shores Community Improvement Association back in the late 90s.
Vilano Beach and North Beaches communities are located from Porpoise Point at the St. Augustine Inlet to South Ponte Vedra. It also adopts Camachee Island and the Vilano Boat Ramp on the West side of the Vilano Bridge. The historic city of St. Augustine is less than 2 miles away.
Did you know?
Public fishing pier
7 oceanfront parks
Hundreds of sea turtle nests laid each year
11,000 acres of preservation land and wildlife habitat
6 stops on the A1A Scenic byway
- Hundreds of sea turtle nests are laid each year under the supervision of three turtle patrols (Vilano Beach, South Ponte Vedra Beach and GTM Research Reserve) from May to October. Endangered least terns and Wilson’s plovers nest on Porpoise Point beaches.
- A national estuarine research reserve and $5 million environmental education facility are located beginning 6 miles north of the Vilano Bridge with 11,000 acres of preservation land and wildlife habitat.
- Driving is allowed on the beach from the Vilano Beach on-ramp at the East end of the Town Center.
- We have 6 stops on the A1A Scenic Byway Travel Story’s Audio Tour App.
- The Town Center has a downloadable APP with DISTRX containing 4 audio walking tours of historic interest.
- The A1A corridor has recently been designated as an “ALL AMERICAN ROAD.” The byway is one of 183 National Scenic Byways in the nation and extends 72 miles from Ponte Vedra Beach to Flagler Beach along the Atlantic A1A Highway.
North Shore Improvement Association
- NSIA has two community facilities one block from the ocean on land donated by 3 families in the late 1940s – a community center and a volunteer fire house. Both were constructed by local residents.
- The fire house is now used as a Sheriff’s stop station, a place to keep law enforcement beach vehicles and for smaller meetings.
- The community center is used for larger gatherings, classes, and events.
- The surrounding 4 acres is used as a park, playground, athletic field, tennis court, and dog park, on land owned by NSIA but operated by St. Johns County. Vilano Beach Main Street collaborate on community events held in this location