Nassau County Beach Front Parks

Beach Front Parks and Walkover Access

Burney Park

Peters Point Park

Scott Road  (Scott Road Beach Access will be closed for Parking Lot repairs on August 20-21, 2018) 

Southend Walkover

Summer Beach Walkover

Designated Parking Areas for Access to Beach

 Ordinance No. 2016-09 states that Motor Vehicles, Campers, or Truck Tractors are not allowed to remain in any County-owned beach front park (see list above) between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. Truck Tractors may be allowed pursuant to a permit issued by the County Manager's Office. See Beach Permits for additional information.

Lightning Prediction and Warning Systems:

Nassau County has installed an Integrated Lightning Prediction and Warning System at the following locations: Peters Point Park, Burney Park Road, Scotts Road and American Beach Historic Park-Rendezvous. Please see the attached poster for more information on Lightning Prediction and Warning System and Safety Tips. View the poster.

Open Fires:

No Open Fires from May 1st to October 31st, due to Marine Turtle Nesting Season.

Camping on the Beach: 

  • Camping is allowed on beaches within the unincorporated areas of Nassau County
  • A permit is NOT required to camp on the beach
  • Vehicles are not allowed to remain in County-owned Beach Front Parks between 12 a.m to 5 a.m.  (The new time of 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. was effective July 26, 2018; the new ordinance, 2018-22, was approved by the Board on July 9, 2018. )
  • Vehicles may be parked directly on the beach in designated beach driving areas (NOTE: out of County tags must purchase a beach driving permit.)
  • No vehicles or horses are allowed on the dunes or within designated swimming areas
  • Vehicular speed must not exceed 10mph and must not be operated in a reckless manner
  • Dogs must be under leash at all times

Horses on the Beach: 

Trailers or other conveyance that carry horses shall have a permit/decal attached to the trailer. Parking for horse trailers shall be within the designated area at Peter's Point Park.

Horse Permit/Decals can be obtained by contacting:
Nassau County Animal Control 
86078 License Road, Yulee, FL
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Beach Safety and Rip Currents

Below are some tips to help you and your family stay safe while in and near the water:

  • Learn Rip Current Safety
  • Wear a Life Jacket
  • Swim Near the Lifeguard
  • Swim With a Buddy
  • Check With the Lifeguards About Current Conditions
  • Obey Posted Signs and Flags
  • Enter Water Feet First
  • Use Sunscreen and Drink Water
  • Keep the Beach and Water Clean by Removing All Trash and Dumping in Provided Trash Cans

For current conditions including rip currents and shark safety, please visit: the Ocean Rescue website or call 904-277-7331.

Beach Accesses With Lifeguards on Duty

The City of Fernandina Beach Fire Department employs approximately 40 season Ocean Rescue Lifeguards each year. Beaches are staffed with lifeguards on weekends beginning the first weekend in May. After Memorial Day, beaches are protected 7 days a week until the Labor Day holiday in September.

Hours lifeguards are on duty is from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

  • Ocean Rescue stands are located at:
  • North End Park (North Fletcher) - one stand
  • Main Beach - four stands
  • Seaside Park (South Fletcher and Sadler Road) - two stands
  • Peter's Point - four stands
  • Scott Road - one stand
  • Burney Park - one stand
  • Lifeguards will respond to the 12 miles of beach from Fort Clinch State Park to the southern most point of Amelia Island, however you are urged to swim near a lifeguard stand.

Important Videos Related to Nassau County Beaches

Beach Guidelines
Safety Tips and Rip Currents