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Beacher's Lodge Crescent Beach, FL

You’ve found the perfect beach destination for your vacation, but now what? Many of our guests truly enjoy throwing down a beach towel or their favorite beach chair and enjoying the mystical sites and sounds of the ocean while resting their toes in the sand. But did you know there’s more to do in Crescent Beach than simply enjoying the view?

Collecting Seashells

Collecting seashells on beautiful Crescent Beach never gets old. But did you know you can find more than just seashells. Yesterday a little boy ran up to me with pure excitement in his eyes! He had to tell everyone that he found a baby shark’s tooth. He was overjoyed and wanted everyone to know it. One of my favorite items to find on the beach are sand dollars, but not just any sand dollar, but the big puffy ones, AKA Sea biscuits. These are rare to find in their whole state, so when I find one, I feel like I won the lottery!


I personally don’t surf, but I love to watch these athletic artists carve up waves either as a storm is brewing or when the surf is up after we had a storm roll out of town. Here is a special note, if you see the surfers out, it’s usually wise to stay out of the water unless you are a strong swimmer. The surf can get a little choppy and rip tides are favorable.

Just Floating

A few days ago a guest told me that “floating” is the cure to all woes! I had to think about that for a minute and then she explained. She loves to get either her tube or raft and just relax in the water as the waves gently rock her back and forth. She said the sounds of the ocean are better than any relaxation CD you can buy. I have to admit, just floating is very relaxing and everyone should try it now and then. Word of caution, don’t fall asleep and ensure you have a buddy on land that is watching you and making sure your don’t float out too far.


No matter what your age might be, building anything in the sand is always loads of fun!! You don’t have to be an architect and build an extravagant structure, you can do other fun things in the sand as well. Have you ever just dug a hole in the sand and then jumped in it to see how far you could dig before water came in from the bottom? How about building a tunnel? This was an all time favorite of mine as a child! The best fun in the sand I have seen yet was a grandmother with her three grandchildren buring half of her in the sand. She said they were making her look like a mermaid and the sand became her tail. This overjoyed grandma said it was one of the most fun activities she had done with them in a while.

SUP – Stand Up Paddle Boarding

As a native of beautiful St. Augustine, there is something magical about gliding along the Matanzas River and enjoying the sites. The Matanzas River is on the other side of our little island and is something you should take a moment to see. We have had a few guests ask if this was the bay, and were sometimes shocked to learn it was an actual river. The river offers many things that Crescent Beach does like boating, tubing and yes, SUPing.

Dolphin Sightings

No matter how many times I see the dolphins make their journey either off of Crescent beach or in the Matanzas River, I still get excited to see them. Occasionally you can catch them playing and putting on a small show for you. Their show of acrobatics is a rare sighting, but it does happen!


The best thing about skimboarding is the fact that you can do this any day of the week and during any time of year. You don’t have to wait for the surf to be up like surfing and boogie boarding, all you need is the board and some skills. I have seen many folks that wipe out and I am sure if I tried I would be one of them as well. Skimboarding is simply getting your skimboard to glide across the water as the water washes up the shore. If you are really good you can do a little trick as the waves crash upon the beach.

These are just a few activities that I, as well as some of our guests, have enjoyed when visiting beautiful Crescent Beach. I hope you have a chance to enjoy some of these adventures as well.

Fireworks Over the Matanzas: 4th of July

Holidays are built around traditions and few holidays have more great family traditions than the Fourth of July: great food, outdoor band concerts, a day with friends and family, and of course, fireworks! They all come together in a grand celebration, and there’s no better place to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day than in the Nation’s Oldest City and no better way than Fireworks Over The Matanzas.

First There’s Music

Starting at 6:00pm one of the region’s most popular big bands, The All Star Orchestra, returns to the Plaza de la Constitución for a two-hour show filled with big band and swing music along with all the traditional patriotic favorites. The All Star Orchestra’s performance from the Plaza’s Gazebo runs from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. The concert is free and those attending should bring lounge chairs for seating.

Then There’s Fireworks!

Fireworks Over The Matanzas, the highlight of St. Augustine’s traditional July 4th activities, has become synonymous with celebrating Independence Day in the Nation’s Oldest City. The spectacular aerial display of pyrotechnics high over Matanzas Bay begins at 9:30pm.

The 20-minute display is tightly choreographed to a stirring soundtrack of great popular and patriotic music delivered over an extensive sound system transforming the entire Bayfront between the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the Bridge of Lions into a theatre of sight and sound (click here for a map).

For over two decades Fireworks Over The Matanzas has been produced by Fireworks by Santore, a company based in nearby Flagler County, that’s been in the fireworks business for over 125 years.


6/7 – 8/9: Summer Movie Series: Wednesday Evenings

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and the Colonial Quarter have teamed up to provide the free Summer Movie Series at the Colonial Oak Music Park. The movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Free transportation is provided by Ripley’s Red Trains from the parking garage and Ripley’s stops to the St. George Street stop. The shuttle service runs every 15 minutes from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and resumes after the movie. Movie attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for seating. Here’s the movie schedule.

June 7: Secret Life of Pets – PG

June 14: Angry Birds – PG

June 21: Sing – PG

June 28: Fantastic Beasts – PG 13

July 5: The Wild Life – PG

July 12: The Jungle Book – PG

July 19: Monster Trucks – PG

July 26: Finding Dory – PG

August 2: Lego Batman – PG

August 9: Moana – PG

See more at: http://www.floridashistoriccoast.com/events/summer-movie-series#sthash.oTTBhaJ3.dpuf

6/27 – 7/2: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Week

Visit the Hall of Fame during the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship week and enjoy learning about Hall of Fame Members who are past champions. There will be a special photo opportunity with tournament artifacts. The broadcast will be shown throughout the museum during the week. On Monday through Saturday, the hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday the hours are noon-6 p.m. General admission is $20.95. http://www.floridashistoriccoast.com/events/kpmg-women%E2%80%99s-pga-championship-week


6/15 – 6/24: St. Augustine Music Festival

Enjoy world-class musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and internationally known guests during the St. Augustine Music Festival.  This Free, classical music festival is held over six days during the last two weeks of June and ranges from Bach to Stravinksy, intimate solo recitals, chamber music ensembles, and full orchestral works… plus world-premier presentations of new works.

Performance Information
June 15 at 7:30pm — Nigel Armstrong, Violin
June 16 at 7:30pm — Stephen Robinson, Guitar
June 17 at &:30pm — Leon Fleisher & Katherine Jacobson, Piano
June 22 at 7:30pm — The Diaz Trio featuring Andres Cardenes, Andres Diaz, Roberto Diaz
June 23 at 7:30pm — Horn Sextet in E flat Major, Op. 81b – Ludwig van Beethoven • String Quartet in F Major – Maurice Ravel
June 24 at 7:30pm — Elissa Koljonen, Violin

Seating is limited, on a first come, first served basis – so arrive early! Doors close when the concert starts.  
Thanks to donations and sponsorships, the concerts are open to the public with no paid admission ticket required. All programs are subject to revision.   Click here for more information.



6/17, 7/15, 8/19, 9/2: Music in the Park

Anastasia State Park is hosting a Music in the Park Summer Concert Series in partnership with Island Beach Grill. Come enjoy a beautiful evening at Anastasia State Park, delicious food and drink from Island Beach Grill, and a wide variety of music from the featured musicians.

Each concert will begin with an OPEN JAM SESSION from 5:00—6:00PM. Guests and local musicians will be welcomed to the stage to showcase their talents.

Each month will feature a different local musician or band for a two-hour show at our beach pavilion. Concerts are from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Concert Schedule
May 6th   -– Ace Winn
June 17th -– Matt Fowler
July 15th -– The Conch Fritters
August 19th -– Those Guys
September 2nd -– Matt Fowler (Labor Day Weekend)

Concerts are free with paid park admission. Island Beach Grill will be featuring food and drink specials during each concert.

Park Admission:
$4/single-occupant vehicle
$8/vehicle with 2-8 occupants


Cruise-In: 3rd Saturday of the month

The St. Augustine Cruisers Car Club (SAC), over 100 members strong, hosts a Cruise-In on the third Saturday of the month in the parking lot of the Riverside Center (Intersection of US 1 and SR 312). The Cruise-In includes music, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.



Dark of the Moon (Nightly)

Discover the history and mystery of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.  Investigate the most haunted place in St. Augustine!  Guides share paranormal history and experiences of people who have visited, lived, or worked at the Lighthouse.  Featured on TAPS/Ghost Hunters, CNN, Parade Magazine, Fox News, and The Weather Channel.

Tour Prices
$20 — Children 12 & under / $25 — Adults

Limited space is available. Please visit the Lighthouse website to book your tour in advance or call (904) 829-0745!  (Check in 15 minutes prior to the tour. Start times and days vary seasonally!  Some dates are blacked out.)


Historic Weapons Demonstrations at Castillo: Weekly Fri, Sat, Sun 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Rangers and volunteers demonstrate the weapons and relate the experiences of the colonial Spanish soldier of 1740s St. Augustine at the Castillo de San Marcos. This event is weekly on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and presented several times during the day on the NorthEast Gun Deck.

Times: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM

Firing times are subject to change depending on weather conditions and staff availability.

Please visit the Castillo’s website for park admission information.  Regular fees apply.


Concerts in the Plaza: 1st Thursday of the Month (Memorial Day – Labor Day)

“The best way to spend a Thursday night in St. Augustine”!  Grab your lawn chairs or bring a blanket and come listen to some great music in a great place.  Concerts in The Plaza is a summer long music series that returns for its’ 27th season with free concerts every Thursday evening between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Each week features different entertainment. Performers will include:  The Driftwoods, Florida Brass Quintet, The Mike Hart Band, Rob Ellis Peck & Friends, Big Pineapple, Doug Carn & The Lincolnville Brass Band, Bob & Joline and the Friends of Mine Band, The Raisin Cake Orchestra, The Dunehoppers, The Session, The Grapes of Roth, Ancient City Slickers, The Gatorbone Band, and Lonesome Bert & The Skinny Lizards.

Please click here for the music concert lineup and additional information.  See you there!