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.

 

Romano's On the Beach

(904) 461-1111
4255 A1A South

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

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

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

Sarbez!

(904) 342-0632
115 Anastasia Boulevard

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 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.

Slugs Pub

106 Anastasia Blvd.

A place to "slug some brews" while playing classic bar games on Anastasia Island.

Sporks Restaurant

(904) 342-8772
1943 A1A S

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

St Augustine Beach KOA

(904) 471-3113
525 W. Pope Rd.

This campground with cabins, tent sites, and RV sites is just a one mile walk from St. Augustine Beach.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm

(904) 824-3337
999 Anastasia Blvd

See wild reptiles, lemurs, Komodo dragons and toucans at the only place in the world to see all 24 species of crocodilians.

St. Augustine Amphitheatre

(904) 209-0367
1340a A1A South

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is the premier concert venue in St. Johns County, hosting world-class artists throughout the year.

St. Augustine Beach City Hall

(904) 471-2122
2200 A1A South

An administrative and community venue in St. Augustine Beach.

St. Augustine Boat Tours

(904) 687-8297
57 Comares Ave.

Guests can see the city from a new perspective aboard a St. Augustine Boat Tour.

St. Augustine Fishing Charters

(904) 827-0036
57 Comares Avenue

St. Augustine Fishing Charters has a fleet of 20 ships for all your fishing needs!

St. Augustine Inn

(904) 825-4535
601 Anastasia Blvd.

St. Augustine Inn is a family-friendly inn located close to beaches and downtown St. Augustine