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.

 

Jodie Lynn Sport Fishing

(904) 540-2628
57 Comares Ave

Jodie Lynn Sport Fishing Charters offers visitors a chance to book a fishing charter service.

Juicy St Augustine

(904) 466-2238
855 Anastasia Blvd

This juice bar serves juice, wellness shots, and smoothies — plus coffee.

Kat's Cottage

900 Anastasia Boulevard

In business since 1996, Kat's Corner offers antiques, jewelry, and collectibles.

Knot Tied Down Fishing

(904) 994-5605
57 Comares Ave.

This fishing charter offers a variety of trips for visitors and locals of every fishing level in St. Augustine.

Koastal Paddleboard Yoga

(904) 495-8842
Lighthouse Park Boat Ramp

SUP yoga classes and eco-tours by appointment

Kookaburra — Dondanville

(904) 209-9391
4265 A1A South

Kookaburra's fourth St. Augustine Location serves the southern beaches on Anastasia Island.

This hotel on Anastasia Island offers comfortable accommodations near St. Augustine's beaches and historic district.

Leonardi's Nursery

(904) 829-5909
902 Anastasia Blvd

This plant nursery and garden center offers tropical plants, hand-painted pottery, and more.

Lighthouse Park

(904) 825-1001
442 Ocean Vista Avenue

Lighthouse Park is located within view of the St. Augustine Lighthouse on Salt Run on Anastasia Island.

Linen & Waves

1020 Anastasia Blvd.

Linen & Waves offers clothing and accessories for those who enjoy living on or visiting the coast.

Lion Inn

(904) 824-2831
420 Anastasia Boulevard

A budget hotel located walking distance over the scenic Bridge of Lions on Anastasia Island.

Llama Restaurant

(904) 584-9279
415 Anastasia Blvd

Llama Restaurant offers delicious and fresh Peruvian cuisine in St. Augustine.

Marker 8 Hotel & Marina

(904) 829-9042
1 Dolphin Drive

Slip rentals are available at this marina and hotel, just across the river from historic downtown St. Augustine.

Marker 8 Hotel & Marina

(904) 829-9042
1 Dolphin Dr.

Waterfront accommodations available at this St. Augustine hotel and marina.

Marsh Creek Country Club

(904) 461-1101
169 Marshside Drive

Marsh Creek Country Club located in historic St. Augustine, Florida is a Members-only golf course.

Melli Chocolates

(904) 342-8884
5120 A1A South

Now creating premum confections in St. Augustine, earlier generations started Melli Chocolates in the 1940s in Wisconsin.

Mellow Mushroom - Anastasia Island

(904) 826-4040
410 Anastasia Blvd.

Enjoy unique and delicious stone baked pizzas from this unique restaurant.

Mojo's Tacos

(904) 829-1665
551 Anastasia Blvd.

Mojo's is a local favorite for tasty tacos and more, all created fresh every day.

Nalu's Tropical Take-Out

(904) 501-9592
1040 Anastasia Boulevard

Eat satisfying Hawaiian takeout at this island-side food stand.

Shanghai Nobby's

(904) 547-2188
10 Anastasia Blvd.

This bar and music venue welcomes new acts and is a favorite with rock, metal, and punk bands.