Anastasia State Park beach

Anastasia State Park

Anastasia Watersports at Anastasia State Park

Great rentals can be found at Anastasia Watersports.

Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, Florida

Take a stroll over the sand dunes at Anastasia State Park.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos at sunrise

Ripley's Believe It or Not! in St. Augustine, Florida

Find off-the-wall fun at Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Sunset Grille in St. Augustine, Florida

Grab a bite at the ever-popular Sunset Grille.

Coquina Surf Club in St. Augustine, Florida

Enjoy a relaxing dinner out at Coquina Surf Club's outdoor patio.

Amici's Italian Restaurant in St. Augustine, Florida

Try some Old-World Italian cuisine at Amici's Italian Restaurant.

Anastasia State Park beach
Anastasia Watersports at Anastasia State Park
Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
Castillo de San Marcos
Ripley's Believe It or Not! in St. Augustine, Florida
Sunset Grille in St. Augustine, Florida
Coquina Surf Club in St. Augustine, Florida
Amici's Italian Restaurant in St. Augustine, Florida

Explore Coastal St. Augustine

The beaches of St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach offer beautiful scenery and outdoor activities.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

Located about halfway between downtown St. Augustine and the beaches of Anastasia Island, visitors will find the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. It's the oldest navigational site in North America and a favorite attraction of visitors to the area. Hike up the Lighthouse's 219 steps for a breathtaking view of the historic city below and boats sitting in the bay. A few blocks away from the lighthouse, you'll find the beaches of Anastasia Island, which offer an affordable, relaxing atmosphere – a perfect place to stop during an extended vacation.

On the Water

With an average of 70-degree weather, fishing is a year-round pastime in St. Augustine. Bluefish, whiting and drum are the easiest catches on the inland waterways. Cast a line and drop your anchor near Anastasia Beach State Park. It is one of three state parks located near the city – ideal for hiking and camping, or renting sailboats and paddleboards. The park is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Salt Run Lagoon. A swath of land that juts out into the water provides a natural setting ideal for kite-flying, picnicking and photographing the area's idyllic coastal scenery.

Seaside Dining and Drinks

If you're looking for a great meal on the water, head to Sunset Grille on Anastasia Beach. The popular outdoor restaurant and bar features a menu of fresh seafood – try the conch fritters and a cold beer. Other dining options include Amici Italian Restaurant (which has been voted St. Augustine's best), Coquina Beach Surf Club, the Beachcomber Restaurant (great food with an oceanfront deck), Salt Life Food Shack or O'Steen's local seafood served Southern-style. In the evening, try San Sebastian Winery on King Street, Café Eleven or the Gypsy Cab Company – all within a short ride from the beaches.

Accommodations

There are 10 moderately priced hotels on Anastasia Island, including Comfort Inn, Holiday Isle, Days Inn and Best Western. There are also three campgrounds nearby, including the Bryn Mawr Ocean Resort, Ocean Grove Camp Resort and the St. Augustine KOA Campground.