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.

 

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 Inn

(904) 825-4535
601 Anastasia Blvd.

Located off of the A1A on Anastasia Island and keeping its doors open to entrepreneurs and families, the St. Augustine Inn lives up to its name and reputation.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

(904) 829-0745
100 Red Cox Road

Visitors may 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

St. Augustine Surf School offers lesson with Young surfers seven and up.

St. Augustine Yacht Club

(904) 824-9725
442 Ocean Vista Ave.

Offering beautiful views of the inlet and the Conch Island dunes from the waterfront side of Lighthouse Park.

Surf Station

(904) 471-9463
1020 Anastasia Blvd.

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.

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

The Beacon

(904) 823-8700
830 Anastasia Blvd.

The Beacon has Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. from 4-6 p.m. and presents live music on Thursday - Saturday.

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 Little Sombrero

(904) 217-8488

Offering fresh, authentic Mexican and SoCal style cuisine from a taco truck.

The Local - St. Augustine

(904) 907-9608
512 Anastasia Blvd.

Impressive service coupled with contactless check-in, freshly cleaned linens, and a hint of modern flair, are just a few perks of stopping by the Local St. Augustine on Anastasia Island.

The Pub

(904) 810-5111
213 Anastasia Blvd.

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

Tom's Seashells & Souveniers

(904) 471-2355
1812 A1A South

A family owned old fashioned souvenir shop that's greeted St. Augustine visitors since 1970.

Viola's Pizza, Pasta & Seafood

(904) 471-2981
6149 A1A South

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

voco St. Augustine - Historic Area

(904) 217-7052
215 Anastasia Blvd.

The Voco St. Augustine applies contemporary and art deco styles to their suites and bedrooms.

VTrips

(904) 385-3888
6279 A1A South

VTrips brings the beauty of oceanfront condos, spacious homes with captivating views of the sunrise, and opulent cottages to Anastasia Island.

W.B. Tatter Gallery

(904) 907-1270
501 Anastasia Boulevard

W.B. Tatter Gallery is located just south of the Bridge of Lions and north of the Alligator Farm on Anastasia Island. Calming beach music and vibrant colors are just a few of the many things that can be found inside the gallery.

Whetstone Chocolates - Anastasia

(904) 825-1725
13 Anastasia Blvd.

Decadent chocolates, tasty sweets and bountiful treats are all at this local St. Augustine chocolate shop!

Zoner's

(904) 460-2792
3915 A1A S, #105

Neighborhood restaurant located in St. Augustine on Anastasia Island in the Winn Dixie parking lot. They serve pizza, wings , and waffles during lunch and dinner hours.