Lord Stanley Guthrie, our Golden Doodle, recommends Vilano Beach for a vacation. His staff (namely us) agree with his assessment. It is a beautiful drive across the bridge toward the Atlantic. Turn right (south) and soon you find free access to the beach. You can actually drive out onto the north part of the beach and park. Then, there are broad expanses of sand which are very clean. There are some waves to add sound and spray. Dogs are welcome ("leashed" according to the signage). When were were there there were maybe a half-dozen folks total so there were no issues with crowding at all. Guthrie loved to scare the gulls and sniff the beach. We were very careful to keep him from the areas of restoration where there are newly planted sea oats and other grasses. Vilano is not far from downtown St. Augustine and is well worth the drive -- especially if you have a pup!!!