St. Augustine Beach - Vilano Beach: Basics

Vilano, 'villain' in Spanish, may once have been an area known for pirates, marauders and ship-wreckers. So goes the rumor of its name. Its reputation changed towards the end of the 19th Century, when area tycoon Henry Flagler started inviting his rich and famous friends here for beach R&R while staying at his two hotels.

Today Vilano remains a local's secret, particularly popular with surfers and skim-boarders - or just about anyone wanting to combine a little athleticism with time on the water. With the Atlantic on one side and the Tolomato River opposite, you're well-placed for boats, birds and all the beach you want.