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Review of Anastasia State Park

Anastasia State Park
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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.
Milford, OH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Enjoyable beach experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

On a recent stay on NE Florida coast, our family spent a half day at this Florida State Park. The beach is extremely wide, and flat, with lots of room for sand castles, flying kites, reading in the sun. There are three picnic areas with shelters, flush bathrooms, sand-off showers. Kayak and other small water crafts can be rented right in the park. There is a dune-sheltered lagoon area to start off in, which would be quite useful for beginners. The coquina quarry used by the Spanish to build fortifications in St. Augustine over 400 years ago, can be hiked to. There is a campground in this park, too. Entry to the park is $8 per car.

Visited September 2012
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Marietta, Georgia
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“Very nice park for campers and surfers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

We've been wanting to visit this park for years since it is right on St. Augustine Beach. The park is large. There are several neat things about this park. First, it has a calm salt water inlet running through it, two, you also have the ocean on the other side of the park. At the inlet, you can rent canoes, paddle boards, etc. We did not get to do this, but will on our next visit. At the ocean side, you have several boardwalks through the dunes with some great views. Great for birders or nature lovers. Also at the ocean side is a small outdoor store & resturant. So if your camping out at the park (which has a huge camping area) and you forgot something, you can get it here. The food at the resturant looked good and was priced well. We left before they opened. Showers, changing rooms and plenty of parking here. The beach is about 4 miles long and we noticed alot of large shells, so if your a collector, bring you a bag to pick up the seashells. For some reason the waves here are huge compared to the rest of St. Augustine. The early morning brought in a lot of local surfers, many older (40's - 50's). Not the loud druggie kind. If you want to surf, this is the place Don't recommend a boogie board, the waves would smash it. There is also a nature trail, but it is only .7 mile long. We were hoping for a longer nature trail to see Florida wildlife. But it was still pretty.
All in all, this is nice place to visit to get away from the crowded public beaches. If your a camper or a surfer, this is the place for you.

Visited September 2012
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Nahunta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

let me tell ya to not go here!! we went on a bike ride and hike here the woods were full of ticks ,you know the ones that carry lime disease plus ran up on 2 water moccasins in the camp grounds and one rattlesnake crossing the road, the staff at the store were rude and acted like they didnt care if someones kids were playing with a venomous snake..if there was somewhere else to goo right then we would have

Visited August 2012
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Clearwater, Florida, United States
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“Great Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

Beautiful park. Went and drove around. Walked it a little. Neat Lighthouse, can't wait to come back and see if the Lighthouse is really haunted like TAPS says it is!

Visited August 2012
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Virginia
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“Favorite memory of trip to Florida”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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