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.

 

Spyglass Condos

(904) 461-0104
8200 A1A South

A Crescent Beach condo featuring 48 units equipped with kitchen, living room, dining room, deck, and garage.

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
aerial view of the venue

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

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 Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

(904) 829-0745
100 Red Cox Road
St. Augustine Light House

Climb 219 steps to the top for breathtaking views of the nation's oldest city and the Atlantic Ocean.

St. Augustine Surf School

(904) 206-7873
2 Ocean Trace Road
A young surfer learning at St. Augustine Surf School.

Learn to surf in St. Augustine!

Summerhouse

(904) 471-1990
8550 A1A South
Patio overlooking the ocean at Summerhouse in Crescent Beach, Florida.

This Crescent Beach condominium offers rooms will full amentities and oceanfront views.

Surf Station

(904) 471-9463
1020 Anastasia Blvd.
Surf Station surfboards in St. Augustine

Shop for surf gear, book a surfing lesson, and stay up to date on wave conditions at this St. Augustine shop.

Surf Station Surf School

(904) 471-9463
1020 Anastasia Blvd.
boy headstanding on surfboard

Beginners can learn to surf at the Surf Station with surf lessons, surf camps, and surfboard rentals.

Dining on the deck with a view of the Matanzas at Commander's Shellfish Camp in St. Augustine.

The Commander's Shellfish Camp offers seafood for lunch and dinner, from fish sandwiches to a chef's platter with three seafood's included.

The Elkhouse Eatery

(904) 342-7639
6357 A1A South

The Elkhouse Eatery serves Bistro style cuisine with fresh ingredients including local seafood and wild game.

The Pub

(904) 810-5111
213 Anastasia Blvd.
Vist The Pub on 213 Anastasia Bvld in St. Augustine

The Pub on Anastasia Island offers a variety of nightlife activities throughout the week, plus beer, wine, and darts.

The Tides Oyster Co. & Grill

(904) 461-5725
641 A1A Beach Blvd.
The entrance and porch at Tides Oyster Co. and Grill in St. Augustine.

The Tides Oyster Co. & Grill serves a variety of sports bar fare daily until 2 a.m.

Tradewinds Vacation Rentals

(904) 471-0113
7750 A1A South

St. Augustine with Tradewinds offers on-the-beach accommodations in close proximity to area attractions.

Viola's is a family-run Italian bistro with a classic menu that includes brick-oven pizza, custom pastas & wines.