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Anastasia State Park

The Anastasia State Park in St Augustine Florida is open 365 days from 8 am until sunset.  Miles and miles of beautiful beach offers plenty of water sports and activities like swimming, surfing, kayaking, and fishing.  Park roads offer miles of bicycle riding while the camp ground area has facilities with hot showers.

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Anastasia State Park Address and Directions

Anastasia State Park
1340-A A1A South
St. Augustine, Florida 32080
Phone: 904-461-2033

Directions to Anastasia State Park:
From I-95 take exit 311. Go east on State Road 207. Turn south on State Road 312. Turn east on A1A. Travel approximately 1.5 miles north to main park entrance. From US1 turn east onto State Road 312. Turn north on A1A. Travel approximately 1.5 miles north to main
park entrance.

Anastasia’s State Park Activities

The beach at Anastasia has beautiful white sand and blue ocean waters. There’s lots of activities at Anastasia State Park including swimming, fishing, surfing, camping, campfire circle, and a playground. Facilities include picnic areas, showers, restrooms, parking, and concessions.  You can also rent kayaks, canoes, bicycles, windsurfers, and paddleboats.

Anastasia State Park Highlights

Anastasia’s beautiful beach attracts walkers, joggers, anglers, birders and nature-lovers. Quality beach breaks and seasonally warm water draw surfers and kayakers. Lifeguards protect the swimming area during the summer months. Hike the beach and look for birds, dolphins and whales.

Bicyclists enjoy more than 4 miles of beach and several miles of park roads. Island Joe’s sells beach sundries and camping and fishing supplies.  It also rents bicycles, beach chairs and umbrellas, canoes, kayaks, sailboards and paddleboats. Lessons on various water sports are available. Island Joe’s also features a tropical grill.

Anastasia has three picnic areas with tables and restrooms. Inquire at the ranger station about renting a pavilion for a group picnic. Three playgrounds are also provided.

Anastasia’s full-facility campground features 139 sites with electric and water hookups for RVs and tents. A communal dump station is available at no extra charge. Hot water showers and laundry facilities are available. Island Joe’s also features a free wi fi hotspot and a phone jack at the pay phone. Anastasia’s Bedtime Story Camper Lending Library for campers aged four to nine offers picture books about the sights and sounds found in the park.

Anastasia State Park History

More than 300 years ago, sites like the coquina quarries located within Anastasia State Park were busy with workers, mostly Native Americans, hauling out blocks of rock. By the late 1700s, the Native American population had died out and quarry workers were usually enslaved Africans and captured Europeans. With hand tools, they hewed out blocks of the soft shellstone and pried the squares loose along natural layers in the rock. The blocks were loaded onto ox-drawn carts then barged across Matanzas Bay to the town of St. Augustine. The blocks were used to construct the Castillo de San Marcos and many other buildings.

From its founding in 1565, St. Augustine had been a struggling outpost of Spain’s American empire. Spanish soldiers built their fort and their homes out of the plentiful pine trees and palmetto. Time after time their wooden settlement was destroyed by storms or burned by pirates and other raiders. On Anastasia Island the Spaniards discovered a better building material—deposits of a rock made of broken shells. As early as 1598, they dug enough to build a gunpowder storage magazine, but they lacked the workforce, the engineering
skills and the tools to excavate enough for a large structure.

In 1671 large-scale quarrying began in the stone pits. Coquina rock is relatively soft and easy to cut while in the ground and hardens when exposed to air. The Spanish learned to waterproof the stone walls by coating them with plaster and paint. When besieging ships bombarded the Castillo, the walls simply absorbed the cannon balls. Coquina continued to be a prized building material for the Spanish, British (1763-83) and the Americans (1821).

Anastasia State Park is located on the Atlantic Ocean in the city of St Augustine in St Johns County Florida.

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