Three-tenths of a mile past the right turn to the Usina Bridge to Historic Saint Augustine is one of the area’s historically significant beaches, as well as a terrific beach for skimboarding and other watersports. Virtually all of the beaches along the A1A Coastal Byway are sought out by the surfer community for their consistent waves and beautiful views. Vilano Beach lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the Tolomato River. The beach is also the home of the annual late summer Run Drop Slide Pro/Am Skimboard competition.
When Henry Flagler brought northern tourists on his trains to the two luxury hotels in St. Augustine, The Ponce de Leon and The Alcazar, Vilano Beach was their oceanfront playground. Ferries brought guest over the Tolomato River to Vilano, connecting to horse drawn trolleys that delivered the wealthy visitors to the beach. This was one of the centerpieces of Flagler’s tourism lures to Florida.
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24.9 miles: .3 miles north of A1A at Usina Bridge
25.4 miles – Florida School for the Deaf and Blind
(campus on right of A1A) is Florida's public boarding school for students who are sensory impaired. FSDB is fully accredited. It is the largest school of its type in the United States. The school has grown from three small buildings on five acres to 47 major buildings on nearly 80 acres of land. Additional information is available at www.fsdb.k12.fl.us/.
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260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine FL 32804
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