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Vilano Beach in Florida is a popular destination.

Vilano Beach’s small-town-feel, outstanding restaurants, and miles of crystal sand certainly contribute to it’s charm. Whether you stay in the Vilano Beach area for an entire week or just take a day trip you are sure to make memories, have fun, and spend time relaxing. Below we’ve created an outline of places to stay, things to do, and restaurants in Vilano Beach.

Places to stay in Vilano Beach.

Places to stay in the Vilano Beach area include cozy cottages, oceanfront rentals, locally-owned hotels, and even pet-friendly accommodations. Whether you’d rather lodge in a vacation home on the beach or walking distance to grocery stores and restaurants, you’re sure to find a place just right for you. Here are a few of our favorite accommodations:

  • 1st Choice Florida Vacation Rentals has houses for rent; while some are located on the beach others are just a short walk away. Additionally, they have a few pet friendly rentals available.
  • Beach Comber of Vilano consists of several beachfront cottages.  All cottages are located within walking distance to a grocery store and restaurants.
  • Magic Beach Motel is located within walking distance from the beach as well as  a grocery store and restaurants. Choose from rooms with a Jacuzzi, king bed, kitchenettes, or other amenities.
  • Oceanview Lodge is an ocean side hotel with balconies that overlook the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Wren Beach Rentals rents out three, four, and five and more bedroom houses and most of them are on the beach. A long list of amenities will insure your entire family is comfortable during your stay.

Note: Searching for accommodations in St. Augustine’s Historic District or for more Oceanfront Rentals? Visit our Where to Stay Page!

Things to do in Vilano Beach.

Embark on a fishing charter for the day.

If you’re in the Vilano Beach area and want to spend the day on the water, look no further than Rodbender Fishing Charters which is located waterfront on Camachee Cove. Remember, it isn’t required that visitors of Florida obtain a fishing license if they are fishing from a for-hire charter with a valid charter license.

Spend the day at the beach!

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If you’re making the trip to the Vilano Beach area, a visit to the beach is a must-do. In fact, you’ll find Vilano Beach is quite peaceful. You can access the beach near the Vilano Beach Pavilion which is a shaded area with restrooms, a water fountain, and a bench. If you plan on saltwater fishing from the shore, be sure to obtain a valid fishing license first. Additionally, beach driving is permitted at Porpoise Point as long as you have a vehicle with four-wheel drive.

Take a quiet nature walk along the Vilano Boardwalk.

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Enjoy an off the beaten path nature walk along the Vilano Beach Nature Boardwalk. Along the boardwalk you’ll find benches where you can sit and watch for wildlife. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars for bird watching.

Watch for dolphins on the Vilano Beach Pier.

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Visiting the pier at Vilano Beach is a favorite pastime of locals and visitors alike. It has shaded benches and swings, restrooms, and several fish cleaning tables. Additionally, it’s a common place for dolphin sightings!

Restaurants in Vilano Beach.

From oceanfront brunches to Sicilian Italian cuisine, there are plenty of Vilano Beach restaurants to choose from. Below we’ve listed just a few of our favorite restaurants in the Vilano Beach area.

  • Beaches at VilanoBeaches at Vilano is a Caribbean-inspired American restaurant located waterfront on Tolomato River. You’ll find they offer a variety of items such as cheeseburgers, datil pepper fish and grits, fried gator, feta chicken sandwiches and more.
  • Casa Bendetto’s: Casa Bendetto’s is a quaint Sicilian-Italian restaurant. Their menu has an array of Italian classics such as: calamari fritti, mozzarella caprese, chicken parmigiana, and spaghetti and meatballs. Bon apetit!
  • Kingfish Grill on the WaterKingfish Grill is a casual waterfront eatery where you’ll often find live music playing on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Seafood is a common theme among their menu including options like sushi and sashimi. However, they also provide beef, chicken, and vegetarian dishes.
  • Vilano Grill 180: Vilano Grill 180 is a casual American and Italian eatery with outdoor seating. Their menu consists of pasta dishes, pizzas, and salads making it the perfect place to stop by for a quick bite to eat.
  • The Reef: Waterfront dining, ocean views, and seafood is what you’ll discover at The Reef – not to mention their very delicious buffet-style Sunday brunch. Open daily for lunch and dinner, you won’t be disappointed with their seafood menu.

Visit our Restaurant Listings Page and scroll to “Vilano Beach” for a complete list of restaurants in Vilano Beach.

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