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Anastasia Island, Florida

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Anastasia Island is a barrier island located off the northeast Atlantic coast of Florida in the United States. It sits east of St. Augustine, running north-south in a slightly southeastern direction to Matanzas Inlet. The island is about 14mi long and an average of 1 mile in width. It is separated from the mainland by the Matanzas River, part of the Intracoastal waterway. Matanzas Bay, the body of water between the island and downtown St. Augustine, opens into St. Augustine Inlet.
Part of the island (the Davis Shores and Lighthouse Park neighborhoods) is within St. Augustine city limits, while other communities on the island include St. Augustine Beach, Coquina Gables, Butler Beach, Crescent Beach, and Treasure Beach.
Fort Matanzas National Monument, a Spanish colonial-era fort built in 1740–1742, is located at the southern end of the island on Rattlesnake Island in the Intracoastal waterway within the park boundaries; it was designed to protect St. Augustine from attack via the Matanzas River.
Juan Ponce de León may have landed on the barrier island in 1513. Spanish Admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, founder of St. Augustine, moved his initial settlement to Anastasia Island after a revolt by the Timucuan Indians in 1566. This settlement was short-lived, and the colonists moved back to the mainland at the site of present-day downtown St. Augustine.
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  • The beach is clean! It is an easy walk from the parking lot to the beach. Family friendly. There is also a little restaurant where you can order drinks and burgers and such, which makes it pretty conv...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to on the Atlantic coast! Wide, powder sand beaches with soft waves! Rivaling the Caribbean!  more »
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  • I highly recommend seeing the St. Augustine lighthouse. Great photo ops, very friendly staff, very historic, (the lighthouse not the staff) I had a great time there, and will absolutely return later this year.
  • Awesome location, I love the beaches on Anastasia. I used to live on the island a long time ago, but I still get over there quite a bit to this day. Attached is a photo of the dunes near Pope rd I took a few days ago.

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