Anastasia island sits east of St. Augustine, running North-South and measures about 14 miles long and 1 mile wide. The barrier island contains beautiful beaches, diverse nature and several charming seaside communities. Between them are family-friendly parks, popular and tranquil beaches, and fantastic restaurants. But what makes Anastasia Island more than just a spot for a beach vacation is its state park and historic monuments. There are so many places to visit, here are some of our most popular.
Anastasia State Park is a must visit when in the area. The 1600 acres of beautiful diverse ecosystems makes for a beautiful afternoon.
The St Augustine Lighthouse + Maritime Museum is always an amazing experience for all ages. Built in 1871 to guide ships safely into Matanzas Bay, this historic document is still doing its job to this day. The views from the top are incredible, making it a must visit when in the area.
The St. Augustine Alligator Zoological Farm is a fun, family friendly park that would make a great day trip. With every species of alligator, multiple different reptiles, birds and other wildlife, there is something new around every corner.
The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier is another historic monument, at almost 100 years old. It runs almost 400 ft long and is still open for everyone’s fishing needs. There is a splashpark, bait shop and playground in the area as well.
Crescent Beach is a quieter alternative, with more local vibes. Great for relaxing with tons of good food spots around.
The Fort Matanzas National Monument is another historical monument, being built in 1742 with all coquina rock. This huge fort was built as a way to protect the oldest city in the nation.
But whether you’re chilling on the beach each day or ticking off the attractions, you’ll want to know where to eat. At World Famous Oasis Restaurant, you can enjoy fabulous breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But the bright and airy restaurant pops off at night, mixing its scrumptious American fare with a great selection of live music.
When the sun goes down, you’ll want to head over to Odd Birds Cocktail Lounge and Kitchen! This relaxing space offers amazing craft cocktails, small plates and a hidden speakeasy!!
Additionally, Sarbez is also a great family friendly option! This funky, lively restaurant offers gourmet grilled cheeses, craft beer, and a fun outdoor patio.
Anastasia connects to downtown Saint Augustine through the Bridge of Lions, which crosses Matanzas Bay, making it ideal if you need to get to the mainland frequently. For island residents, there are grocery stores, retailers, and restaurants on the island. Highway A1A runs north-south, connecting Anastasia Island to the mainland.