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.

 

Palmetto Road Boat Ramp

(904) 209-0333
395 Palmetto Rd
Palmetto Road Boat Ramp in Crescent Beach, Florida

Palmetto Road Boat Ramp offers one ramp, dock, and limited parking. Located in Crescent Beach, south of downtown St. Augustine, Florida. 

PepperTree RV Resort

(904) 471-5263
4825 A1A S #200

This RV resort in St. Augustine boasts a large swimming pool, picnic area, laundry facilities, and much more.

Playa Chac-Mool

(904) 471-1131
105 D Street
The restaurant of Playa Choc-Mool in St. Augustine.

This family-owned and operated Mexican restaurant has served visitors and locals for over 10 years.

Purple Olive Bistro

(904) 461-1250
4255 A1A South
Purple Olive Bistro and Chef Peter Kenney in St. Augustine.

Visitors can expect an exquisite menu prepared by an experienced and passionate chef.

R.B. Hunt Elementary School

(904) 547-7960
125 Magnolia Drive
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Raging Water Sports

(904) 829-5001
220 Nix Boat Yard

Take a guided tour or enjoy a rental on the water with Raging Water Sports in St. Augustine.

Redfrog & McToad's

(904) 814-8430
5545 A1A South

Great restaurant located off A1A serving up fresh and delicious menu items like fish tacos, ahi tuna, and more.

Ripple Effects Ecotours

(904) 347-1565
101 Tolstoy Lane
Ripple Effects Ecotours offers amazing views of the breathtaking sunsets in St. Augustine!

Call to book a fun adventure on the water with this St. Augustine eco-tour company.

Rochelle's Clothing

(904) 810-2208
104 Anastasia Blvd.

Locally owned and operated, Rochelle's Clothing offers highly edited designer clothing for women who love fashion.

Romano's On the Beach

(904) 461-1111
4255 A1A South
Romano's On the Beach serves pizza and more on St. Augustine Beach, Florida.

Romano's Pizza is a local, stand-alone pizza and Italian food restaurant in St. Augustine Beach.

Saint Augustine Beach Vacation Rentals boardwalk to the ocean.

St. Augustine Beach Vacation Rentals is a premier property management company specializing in condo rentals, townhouse rentals, and cottage rentals.

Salt Water Cowboys

(904) 471-2332
299 Dondanville Rd
Salt Water Cowboys restaurant at sunset in St. Augustine.

Experience real Southern dining and waterfront views at Salt Water Cowboys on Anastasia Island.

Sarbez!

(904) 342-0632
115 Anastasia Boulevard
Street view of Sarbez

Grab a beer, munch on a grilled cheese sandwich, play some pool, admire local art, and rock out all at this cozy cafe and bar.

Sea Bridge Landing Antiques

(904) 824-3358
912 Anastasia Blvd.
Sea Bridge Landing Antiques houses a variety of items.

Sea Bridge Landing Antiques offers a variety of antiques for your home!

Sea Haven Condominiums

(904) 471-0953
6100 A1A South

An oceanside condominium resort with full kitchens, multiple bedrooms, swimming pool, and beach access.

Seafood Kitchen

(904) 460-0157
4255 A1A South

A homey family restaurant, serving locally-sourced seafood for over 20 years.

Sheila's Café

(904) 808-1585
900 Anastasia Blvd

Small, local café open for lunch and breakfast serves delicious food.

Silver Sands Motel

(904) 471-1406
8448 A1A South

The Silver Sands Motel at Crescent Beach, in St. Augustine, Florida offers picturesque views of the ocean!

South Beach Grill

(904) 471-8700
45 Cubbedge Road
Yummy fried shrimp entree.

South Beach Grill's fun, casual atmosphere and their beach and sea food platters make them a go-to location for those visiting St. Augustine Beach.

Sporks Restaurant

(904) 342-8772
1943 A1A S

Sporks Restaurant offers their tasty and creative food at 1943 A1A S on Anastasia.