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.

 

Endless Possibilities Event Planning

(904) 325-4426
900 Anastasia Blvd.

Endless Possibilities Event Planning offers several event planning services and packages in St. Augustine, Florida. Wedding packages include all-inclusive, wedding special, and on the day.

Endless Summer Charters

(904) 814-4138
57 Comares Avenue

Reserve a spot with these professional fishing charters available all year round!

Envision Salon

(904) 461-4400
5098 A1A South

Envision Salon on Anastasia Island provides clients with quality salon services, just steps away from the beach.

Five Star Property Management

(904) 471-9750
6233 A1A South

Five Star Property Management offers accommodations on Vilano Beach, Anastasia Island, St.

Flip Flop Shops St. Augustine

(904) 679-3447
517 Anastasia Blvd.

Bringing premier beach, surf, and relaxation footwear to Anastasia Island.

Fresh Market Island

(904) 417-0550
110 A Anastasia Blvd.

Fresh Market Island features fresh foods from Florida and flavors from around the world.

GAS Full Service Restaurant

(904) 217-0326
9 Anastasia Blvd

The kitchen at this local favorite cranks out amazing and fresh food daily.

Growers Alliance Cafe & Gift Shop

(904) 371-7869
322 Anastasia Blvd

Customers can contribute to coffee farming communities around the world with each purchase at this coffee and gift shop.

Guy Harvey Outpost Weddings

(855) 509-9724
860 A1A Beach Boulevard

Weddings on the beach at the Guy Harvey Resort can be as causal or as elegant as the couple desires.

Gypsy Cab Company

(904) 824-8244
828 Anastasia Blvd

Gypsy Cab Company features an urban cuisine menu showcasing St. Augustine seasonal variety.

Hibiscus Condo Resort

(800) 473-3015
125 Ocean Hibiscus Drive

Full condos with kitchens, living rooms, balconies, and more, located right on the beach in St. Augustine, Florida.

High Tide Gallery

(904) 315-6690
850 Anastasia Blvd.

This art gallery on Anastasia Island features works of art that reflect the St. Augustine, Florida lifestyle.

This local record store is a great place to shop for vinyl or grab a beer and play pool with friends.

Hurricane Grill & Wings

(904) 471-7120
4255 A1A South

Hurricane Grill and Wings in St. Augustine Beach, Florida serves delicious food in a carefree atmosphere. Join this hip restaurant for a flavorful dining experience, especially with their large variety of sauces!

Island Beach Shop and Grill

(904) 461-9322
300 Anastasia Park Road

This beach shop and grill is handy to those visiting Anastasia State Park. Grab a bit to eat or a cold drink when you're at the beach.

Island Life

(904) 325-5878
105 A1A Beach Blvd

Island Life provides equipment for every kind of outdoor activity for purchase, rental or trade.

Island Shores Inn

(866) 500-4938
512 Anastasia Boulevard

Island Shores Inn offers Anastasia Island accommodations right between downtown and St. Augustine Beach. The hotel has free parking on site and is within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and shops.

J-Hook Fishing Charters

(904) 814-2442
57 Comares Ave.

Luxury fishing charters in the St. Augustine area.

Jackie Knight's Comedy Club

(904) 461-8843
828 Anastasia Blvd.

See local and national acts at this St. Augustine comedy club!

Jacks Bar-B-Que

(904) 460-8100
691 A1A Beach Blvd.

A local beach area bar and barbeque restaurant, just a block back from the beach.