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.

 

Gypsy Cab Company

(904) 824-8244
828 Anastasia Blvd
Gypsy Cab Company in St. Augustine offers a unique, urban style menu!

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.
The entrance to the High Tide Art Gallery in St. Augustine.

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
Island Beach Shop and Grill at Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine.

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.
J-Hook Fishing Charters in St. Augustine, Fl

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.
The exterior at Jack's BBQ on Anastasia at in St. Augustine.

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

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
The Juicy St. Augustine Food Truck at 855 A1A in St. Augustine.

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

Knot Tied Down Fishing

(904) 994-5605
57 Comares Ave.
Knot Tied Down offers fishing charters for all levels of experience.

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

Kookaburra — Dondanville

(904) 209-9391
4265 A1A South
The counter of the new Kookaburra at Dundanville.

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 in St. Augustine, Florida

Lighthouse Park is located right outside of the St. Augustine Lighthouse grounds. There is a boat ramp, playground, picnic tables, public restrooms, and shade under large scrub oaks. 

Linen & Waves

1020 Anastasia Blvd.
The interior of Linen & Waves in St. Augustine.

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.