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“Peaceful but warning needed”

Anastasia State Park
Ranked #17 of 189 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.
Reviewed September 24, 2013

I want to start with a quote from the ranger who checked us in, "This time of the year with the weather cooling in the evening and it being rattlesnake breeding season you will see rattlesnakes on the roads, sidewalks, and campsite and since our park is "rampant" with rattlesnakes normally it is a definite this time of the year." My response, "Um seriously this should be on your brochure and website." We were also informed there is a substantial fine imposed if you injure or kill a rattlesnake inside the park and then you are asked to leave. First day, I thought this was a ranger joke on the tourist. Second day, I discovered the hard way not a joke when walking down the sidewalk from the laundry facilities and one met me. The campsite next to the laundry facility found a 4 foot long one next to their tent and the tent we have set up for the teenagers (family reunion so lots of people) had one right outside the wall of the tent.

My only other complaint is the lack of force by the park rangers when it is anything not related to harming a rattlesnake. A group of self proclaimed hippies (their words not mine) checked in a couple days into our stay and were on a site somewhat in the middle of all of ours. They had FAR more than the allowed number of cars on the site, smoked pot right out in the open (I had teenagers on the adjoining site) and sat up to 3, 4, and 5 am singing songs (of which not a soul on that campsite knew the full song to any of the chosen songs) and playing guitars and symbols. The family with 3 children ranging from 8 down literally packed up at 2 am on the 2nd night of the hippie invasion and were gone by 3 am. The park rangers stopped by a couple times with warnings but NEVER enforced anything. The rules state no more than 2 tents and 2 cars per site, but this site literally had 6 tents on it and I lost count on the cars. Our teenagers were screaming from their tent for the people to shut up in the middle of the night.

Now with that being said, the park is heavily shaded which is great for the Florida heat, not so much when it rains because the sites don't get sun to dry out in a timely manner. The bathrooms are clean for the most part. Cobweb and spider webs in many places but the showers and toilets were scrubbed a couple times a day. The campstore is great. The beach is beautiful. The canoeing the people who run the shop are wonderful. Prices are reasonable and they are great with the kids of all ages.

2  Thank Kimberly S
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Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I made reservations to camp at the park - sight unseen...always a bit concerning. But WOW! We found the campsites to be near perfect . When we traveled out to the "campground store" and discovered it right on the beach! The best of both worlds! So much to do, very well maintained, friendly staff and so beautiful!!! On our "to do often" list!!

1  Thank Pksfla
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

We camped here in August. The campground was kept very clean. There is no rv sewer connection, so we chose to use the shower and restroom facility here. They were always clean. It seemed like the staff was either cleaning the restroom or had just been there. Our campsite was so shady, that it was hard to tell if the sun was up or not. That really kept us cool in the hot Florida weather. We enjoyed the beautiful beach. There is an overlook at the beach where we were able to sit each evening with our dog. The campground is dog friendly, but the dog was not allowed on the beach in the state park. We could, however, go just a short distance south and enjoy time on the beach with our dog.

1  Thank janadair
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

I go kayaking very often at this park. The little lagoon (Salt Run) is very calm and a great place for fishing and nature watching. The beach is huge. There is room for every one. Parking spaces are plentyful. I general it is a really nice place to spend a weekend day.

1  Thank Andy N
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

We had a great time at Anastasia State Park! There are paddle boards, kayaks and wind surfing boards available for rent. We rented a few kayaks for an hour. The cost was $15 for the single and $20 for the double. It was a little windy which made the kayaking a little more challenging but it was still a fun time. The beach is beautiful and it is the perfect place to hunt for sharks teeth. The park also has restrooms as well as an impressive snack bar. They offer food like burgers, hummus and ice cream as well as beer and frozen cocktails. I noticed that there was camping available too. We will definitely be returning!

1  Thank Sara D
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