Anastasia Island & The Beaches

Find things to do on the beaches, on the river, and on the island.

Anastasia Island stretches from the tip of the sand bars at Anastasia State Park to the Matanzas Inlet, just past the Fort Matanzas Monument. This barrier island is about 14-miles long and averages one mile in width — bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by the Matanzas River.

Some of St. Augustine’s favorite beaches can be found in those 14 miles, as well as resorts, hotels, restaurants and bars, and area attractions. The City of St. Augustine Beach is located on Anastasia Island, and there are additional places to say, things to do, and places to eat on Anastasia within the City of St. Augustine Beach.

The island has a rich history, from the St. Augustine Lighthouse to the Coquina Quarry at Anastasia State Park, to the Matanzas Inlet and Fort Matanzas State Park. Like Ponte Vedra Beach to the north, Anastasia Island is home to a highly regarded music venue, in this case, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. This outdoor venue seats just under 5000 and is just a half-mile from the beach.

Visitors can find things to do and places of interest on both sides of the island from surf, sand, and sun, to kayaking, fishing, and historic sites. Anastasia Island is home to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum. Some of the many eateries include the Purple Olive, Salt Water Cowboys, and Mojo's Tacos. There are places to stay to appeal to any traveler, such as resort hotels, motels, campgrounds, condominiums, and vacation rentals. Some favorites include Beacher's Lodge, Devil's Elbow Fishing ResortFour Winds Condominiums, and the Edgewater Inn, just across the Bridge of Lions.

The beaches of Anastasia can be divided into five main sections, the beach at Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine Beach, Butler BeachCrescent Beach, and Matanzas Beach. In addition to the ever-popular beaches, Anastasia Island boasts various attractions, historical sites, hotels, vacation rentals, shops, and eateries from fast food to fine dining restaurants. Visitors are also encouraged to enjoy the western side of the island, along the Matanzas River, where they can find inland fishing, beaches, and parks as well as eateries and places to stay.

Those who love the beach may prefer to stay on Anastasia Island, where the historic downtown could be up to 14 miles to the north. Those staying in Historic Downtown St. Augustine will find Anastasia State Park, at 3.4 miles from the Plaza de la Constitución, to be one of the closest beaches to the plaza.

The photo is of Crescent Beach on Anastasia Island.

 

A1A Cycle Works

(904) 471-9009
5545 A1A South

This local family-owned bike shop offers bike sales, rentals, and service.

A1A Realty Associates

(904) 461-9696
5495 A1A South

A1A Realty Associates is a full-service real estate agency that offers vacation rentals, property management, real estate sales and MLS listings.

Allegro Senior Living Community

(904) 417-8902
1101 Plantation Island Dr. S.

Amanda Hopcraft Makeup

(904) 217-4002
900 Anastasia Blvd.

Based in St. Augustine, Amanda Hopcraft serves weddings throughout Northeast Florida.

Anastasia Athletic Club

(904) 471-4300
1045 Anastasia Blvd.

Guests enjoy cruising on the beach, downtown, or wherever the road (or beach) takes them on brightly-colored, well-maintained bikes.

Anastasia Billiard Room

(904) 461-9224
1957 A1A South

A family-friendly, non-smoking billiards and darts establishment offering daily pool specials and happy hour.

Anastasia Bizarre Bazaar

(904) 824-7126
201 Anastasia Blvd.

Formerly Anastasia Antiques, the Bizarre Bazaar offers constantly changing inventory of unique, one of a kind treasures.

Anastasia Condominiums

(800) 458-7345
2 Dondanville Road

Anastasia Condominiums is located on Anastasia Island and has a boardwalk that leads directly to the beach.

Anastasia Diner

(904) 461-0969
1770 A1A South

The Anastasia Diner serves locally inspired comfort food for breakfast and lunch.

Anastasia Inn

(888) 226-6181
218 Anastasia Blvd.

Located on the lovely Anastasia Island in St. Augustine, The Anastasia Inn prides itself on cleanliness and affordability.

Anastasia Island's Arcade Museum

2085 A1A S

Bringing old style, 80s retro fun to the new millennium.

Anastasia Lanes

(904) 471-3565
3245 A1A South

Bowling fun for the whole family, leagues, and parties.

Anastasia Miniature Golf

(904) 825-0101
701 Anastasia Boulevard

Anastasia Miniature Golf has been offering fun family adventures on their 18-hole course for more than 40 years.

Anastasia Mini-Golf Event Space

(904) 825-0101
701 Anastasia Blvd.

Anastasia Miniature Golf has an event deck that can be rented for private parties from birthdays to weddings.

Anastasia State Park

(904) 461-2033
300 Anastasia Park Road

Anastasia State Park ranks #6 as one of the best state parks in the United States and is known for an assortment of exciting recreational activities.

Anastasia Watersports

(904) 669-2951
850 Anastasia Park Road

Anastasia Watersports provides an ideal opportunity to explore the tidal lagoon known as the "Salt Run."

Aqua East Surf Shop

(904) 471-8070
1850 A1A South

A swim and surf shop selling boards, bathing suits, and more to vacationers and locals in St. Augustine Beach.

Ayla's Acres Thriftique

(904) 484-8792
413 Anastasia Blvd.

Ayla's Acres Thrift Store has a number of antiques, a big selection of furniture and decor, and a variety of clothing.

Back 40 A1A

(904) 429-9906
6101 A1A South

The Back 40 A1A offers the same eclectic southern, islands, and south of the border cuisines as Back 40 Urban Café.