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Nestled in the hammock forest are camping sites at the Anastasia State Park. Fish in the water nearby and cook up a tasty grill or walk down the beach and enjoy the site of a quarry from which the coquina stone was used in the construction of the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine. The Hammock plants provide privacy and shelter you from the blowing sand and salt spray. Four miles of pristine beach guarantees you endless fun, while the birds in the tidal salt marsh watch you watch them!
Ever since Anastasia Park opened to the public in 1949, people flocked to this park and it has been one of Florida’s busiest state park. You can revel in a wide variety of activities such as camping, fishing, sunbathing, surfing, sail boarding, swimming, nature trails and picnicking to name a few.
The park is fringed by a broad beach and sand dunes and a lagoon bounded by rich tidal marshes. A hardwood forest of wind swept oaks has been here since time immemorial when Juan Ponce de Leon gave Florida its name. More than 300 years ago, Native Americans were hauling blocks of rock from the coquina quarries located within Anastasia State Recreation Park. By 1700’s, the Native Americans were replaced by black slaves who used their hand tools to carve out blocks of soft shell stone, load them onto ox carts, barge across Matanzas Bay to the town of St. Augustine. Here it was used for all major constructions. The word coquina means "tiny shell" in Spanish. It was the name given to the clam that was abundant on northeast Florida beaches. It is the predominant shell in the rock.
There are 139 camp sites in this beach and they are situated in a wooded area within easy distance of the beach. You can walk or bicycle for self-guided nature tours which will take you through oceanic hammocks on ancient sand dunes.
Anastasia's full-facility campground, including 139 campsites, is located in a wooded area within easy bicycling or walking distance of the beach. A self-guided nature trail takes hikers through a maritime hammock on ancient sand dunes, and anglers have the opportunity to haul in the big catch. While camping at Anastasia, pick up some fresh produce to cook and grill from the Farmer’s Market, held at the Amphitheatre campground, the market takes place every Saturday from 8:30 am until noon.
Anastasia's beautiful beach entices walkers, joggers, fishermen, birders, and nature-lovers. Quality beach breaks and seasonally warm water attracts surfers and kayakers. Anastasia Water sports rents canoes, sailboards, paddleboats and kayaks. Lessons on various water sports are available. Anastasia State Park is located on The Great Florida Birding Trail. Many shorebirds are found resting on the beach, or frolicking on the shore. This is truly a bird lover’s paradise. Water birds such as the great blue heron, tricolour heron, wood stork, and roseate spoonbills can be seen in the salt marsh along Salt Run. Osprey, bald eagles, and owls can be seen flying high on the tree tops.
All sites have electricity and water, a picnic table, an in-ground grill and a fire ring. A communal dump station is free for park campers. Put your trash in the compactor near the entrance to the campgrounds. Pets are allowed in all areas of the park except the restrooms and beach. Pets must be on a leash that is no longer than 6 feet at all time.
Anastasia State Park Travel Tips
- Reservations must be made 1 Days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 11 Months in advance.
- Camping supplies such as ice, firewood, can be purchased at the Salt Run Outpost, located at the campground entrance. It has bicycles, beach and water-related equipment available for rental.
- A designated swimming area is lifeguarded from Memorial Day through Labour Day, but swimmers should always exercise caution, whether a lifeguard is present or not.
- Swimming in tidal or ocean areas always presents some degree of danger, including the threat of rip currents. Always heed advice or warnings posted for your protection.
- Beach wheelchairs are available upon request at no charge.
- For your convenience, there are two public telephones in the park, one is located in the camping area and one at the picnic area.
- There are a few sites that can accommodate camping rigs up to 40'. A call to the Ranger Station will ensure that they can meet your particular needs.
- Reservations are taken for 100% of our campsites and may be made up to eleven months in advance.
- The picnic pavilion near the beach also features restroom facilities and soda vending machines.
- Brochures describing the birds and trees found in the hammock are available at the ranger station upon request.
- During sea turtle nesting season (May 1 through September 30), driving on the beach is prohibited between sunset and sunrise.
- Be on the lookout for the many snakes that can be found at Anastasia, the most common are the southern black racer and the red and yellow rat snakes.
- The Ranger Station has a listing of the birds that have been identified in the park, and we rely on you to inform them of any unusual or rare sightings.
- Owners of pets, required by Florida Law to be vaccinated against rabies, must provide proof of rabies vaccination when registering to camp, go through the website to find out the details.
Entrance Ticket Details For Anastasia State Park
- Camping Fees: $28.00
- $8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
- $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle.
- $2.00 per pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Anastasia State Park Hours
- The park is open from 8:00 am until sundown, 365 days a year.
- All campers must be set up before 11:00 pm.
How to Reach Anastasia State Park
- By Rented car from city centre
- Nalu’s: Seafood
- Black Night Deli: Delicatessen
- Mac Donald: Burgers, American
- Anastasia Kitchen: Mixed Cuisine
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6.58% of people who visit St Augustine include Anastasia State Park in their plan
95% of people start their Anastasia State Park visit around 08 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Anastasia State Park
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Anastasia State Park Reviews & Ratings
What a wonderful place. Excellent mix of accessibility and the feeling of remoteness. The beach stretches nearly four miles north and a good distance south from the Store / parking area. The beaches are pristine and because of the size of the area, very non-crowded. An excellent place to run or take a stroll along the beach. I very much enjoyed my unexpected visit to this oasis by the sea. Highly recommended.
We had a wonderful afternoon at Anastasia State Park! My husband, daughter & I needed to spend a few hours relaxing in the ocean on our way home from Universal Orlando. It was perfect. Friendly staff. Gorgeous scenery. Clean, safe beach. Even got to see a tortoise cross the street just as we entered. We were sad to leave & will definitely return to try the campground. Thank you for a great day!
We went to the beach there and we also entered for free. The beach is kept clean. We had awesome waves, which were pretty good to start off with surfing. The beach here is not for new swimmers, because there is a pretty strong current and the waves have a lot of power. We had an awesome time with not a lot of other people, which made the stay even better.
This park had everything you want when you go to the beach. The bathrooms were reasonably clean. There were nice paths to the beach. The beach was clean and expansive and couldn't be more beautiful. If you were willing to walk, you could even find an area with less people. There was also food available, rentals for water sports and bikes, and a covered playground so definitely something for everyone.
Probably my favorite in the state. The beach here goes on forever, and you can get great sunset photos of the lighthouse peaking over the dunes, but be warned, it's a small hike to capture. The facilities are up to par, and the beach is family friendly. The run is a great place to fish, or dolphin watch. Price is cheap.
Are pets (my dog) permitted (on leash) to walk with us in the park? JudyAnswer Report Abuse
Yes, on-leash dogs are allowed in Anastasia State Park.Report Abuse