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.

 

Llama Restaurant

(904) 584-9279
415 Anastasia Blvd
The exterior for Llama on A1A in St. Augustine.

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

Locals Only Artisan's Market

(904) 217-7250
950 Anastasia Avenue
The interior sign for Locals Only Artisan's Market in St. Augustine.

This indoor market features only artisans and artists living in St. Augustine.

Marker 8 Hotel & Marina

(904) 829-9042
1 Dolphin Drive
Marker 8 Marina St. Augustine

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
Melli Chocolates at Crescent Beach on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine.

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

Mellow Mushroom

(904) 826-4040
410 Anastasia Blvd.
Mellow Mushroom is located on Anastasia Boulevard just over the Bridge of Lions.

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.

O'Steen's Restaurant

(904) 829-6974
205 Anastasia Blvd.

At O'Steen's Restaurant on beautiful Anastasia Island in St. Augustine, visitors will find amazing seafood and a comfortable, fun atmosphere. This restaurant has remained a favorite of locals and tourists alike ever since it opened.

Ocean Grove RV Resort

(904) 471-3414
4225 A1A South

Options to rent, purchase, or stay for a short-term are available at this island RV resort.

Ocean House Condominium

(877) 725-9501
7870 A1A South

This beachfront condo in Crescent Beach provides a tropical beach getaway for visitors to St. Augustine.

Ocean Village Club Rentals

(904) 471-7513
4250 A1A Beach Blvd.

Vacation rental condos with ocean or pool views are available at the Ocean Village Club in St. Augustine Beach.

The sign atop the craft bar and kitchen of Odd Birds on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine.

Odd Birds Cocktail Lounge and Kitchen combines a highly regarded craft cocktail bar and a kitchen known for creating Latin American tastes to please St. Augustine.

Old Coast Ales

(904) 484-7705
300 Anastasia Blvd.

Local taproom featuring craft IPAs, ales, and more!

Snake Bite Sauce

Award-winning datil spices, sauces, and marinades to bring home local St. Augustine flavor.

Oldest City Bait & Tackle is a fishing shop in St. Augustine Beach. The shop opens every day at 5:30 a.m. ready with live bait and supplies for fishers. Shop for reels, rods, fishing line, and more at this local supplier.

Osprey Tacos

(904) 679-4191
300 Anastasia Boulevard
Osprey Tacos offers fresh street tacos in St. Augustine Beach, FL.

Street-style tacos for foodies on Anastasia Island!