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“Favorite memory of trip to Florida”

Anastasia State Park
Ranked #16 of 183 things to do in St. Augustine
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Anastasia State Park includes 1,600 acres of rich ecosystems and abundant wildlife. Explore up to four miles of pristine beach, the estuarine tidal marsh teeming with plant and animal life, or the self-guided nature trail which takes you through the maritime hammock and onto ancient sand dunes. You can also visit the Coquina Quarry, an archaeological site where coquina rock was mined to help construct the nearby Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, earning it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. At Anastasia, there are many recreational activities to enjoy including hiking, swimming, beachcombing, bird watching, and much more. The campground contains 139 campsites all located within the beautiful maritime hammock and just a short walk or bike ride from the beach. Anastasia has concessions to provide guests with rental opportunities of bicycles, paddleboards, kayaks, sail boats and canoes. There is also a grill area and a small gift shop for visitors to take home an Anastasia memory. The grill location also provides Wi-Fi for visitors' use.
Virginia
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Favorite memory of trip to Florida”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

$8 /car up to 8 occupants, but discounts for walking / biking into the part... the beach has lifeguards, which are necessary with the strong undertow / rip tides / dangerous marine life (those were the flags up when I was there) ... still lots of fun with boogie boards ... beach rental is annoyingly priced pre-tax: $26 for umbrella and lounge chairs and then @$1.xx for state tax.. who brings change to the beach? just make it $28 with tax! expect to change in your car as there isn't any privacy to change in the bathroom with 1 "changing room." we drove in for the day, but would be wonderful park for multiday camping... no drunks (unlike a lot of the beaches around Daytona) ... at mid-tide, a pool forms on the beach where children (and adults) can swim and play safely ... concession stand looked like it had an interesting menu at not exorbitant prices for monopoly although I didn't eat there ... there's an area for kayak rentals and windsurfing in the protected waters (not exposed to ocean waves) ... lots of parking ... swing sets and playground equipment also near the concession/bathroom/picnic area

Visited August 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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“Great camping, great beach, great facilities!”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

We stayed at the campground here the first weekend in August 2012. Unfortunately we had a lot of rain that started on Saturday evening and continued until we left on Sunday. Other that the weather we had a GREAT visit and hope to return next year. The campsites were shady and private, we stayed in our pop up at site 40 in the Shark Eye loop. The Coquina loop is closest to the beach, but an appropriate site was not available for our pop up the weekend we wanted to visit. There is kayak and other water type activity equipment available for rent on site, although we did not get to try it out due to the rain. The restrooms were clean, had hot showers with good water flow, and there were laundry facilities at the restrooms with a washer and dryer. I don't think I have noticed that at any state park we have stayed at, so this was a perk.

The beach is wide and beautiful. There is a longer walk to get to the ocean from the parking lot than at most state parks that I have visited. Near the parking area at the main beach area, there is a Store and Grill that has ice and sundries for campers, as well as prepared food at the grill. Wireless internet access is available here, as well as picnic tables for visistors to use. The entier park was clean and well kept. We enjoyed our visit. If you found my review helpful, please take a moment to provide a helpful vote. If you have any specific questions about this state park and beach, I would be happy to answer them and help. Happy travels! :-)

Visited August 2012
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Valdosta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Excellent beach”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

The beach at Anastasia SP is the best in St. Augustine. It is well-spread out to cope with crowds and pristine. This is the beach you should go to if you're in St. Augustine.

Visited August 2012
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Indian Trail, NC
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“Simply Beautiful!!”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

We camped here with a fairly large group of campers, the folks at the ranger station where so accommodating and friendly to us! The campground is very well kept, the bath houses had just renovated and very clean. The campsites are sand and fairly level, what was really nice is that they where not on top of each other plenty of space between sites. The beach was so nice, and up by the beach was the camp store which had basic items as well as firewood. Easy access to attractions and close to grocery stores. This place is pretty big so i would recommend bringing a bike I hope to go back some day.

Visited November 2011
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gainesville, fl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Beautiful beach!”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

Costs 8 dollars per vehicle but once your are in it is amazing. The park is clean, very well kept. The beach is pristine, beautiful landscape. The park also has a little cafe for food and drinks. a little pricey but unless you bring your own its all there is. There is a nature trail that is also there worth the walk. We didnt rent any canoes, kayaks or anything else but we will return. there is a picnic area, restrooms and as i said it is very well kept. worth the money

Visited August 2012
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