Visiting St. Augustine Beach

Scenic St. Augustine Beach on Anastasia Island rests right against the ocean with miles upon miles of pristine and laid-back beaches.

From just about every spot you can water, from the Matanzas River to Salt Run to the breathtaking and open Atlantic.

You will find many activities and adventures in St. Augustine Beach on Anastasia Island as it is home to some of the top-rated St. Augustine things to do, restaurants, and fishing opportunities.

Getting to St. Augustine Beach and Things to Do

St. Augustine Beach sits on Anastasia Island a little over 5 miles from the historic downtown area. Simply taking A1A east out of downtown to A1A Beach Blvd. will drive you right to the St. John’s Pier and public beach at St. Augustine Beach – a top destination for city dwellers and travelers.

St. Augustine Beach

This public beach is a photographer’s dream with clear, turquoise water on one side and colorful beach houses on the other – and, of course, spectacular sunset views. The sand is soft and clean, and the water is so blue it’s tough to distinguish from the sky.

With a number of facilities and an abundance of natural beauty, St. Augustine Beach is the perfect spot to spend a day of peace and quiet relaxing under the sand with a book or watching the sun go down with that special someone.

st augustine beach shoreline from above
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Facilities here include a fishing pier, playground, volleyball courts, a splash park, covered pavilion, showers, bathrooms, and parking. Numerous restaurants are within walking distance along A1A Beach Blvd. such as the locally famous Sunset Grille and Little Margie’s FA Café.

The famed Alligator Farm Zoological Park is also nearby along with the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre venue which hosts live entertainment throughout the year.

The Anastasia Beach Park and recreation area to the north is a protected bird sanctuary and features over 1,700 acres and nature trails, grilling and picnic areas, a covered pavilion, gift shops, camping, playgrounds, a boat ramp, swimming areas, and other facilities.

Heading South on A1A from St. Augustine

You will find cottage-styled homes, restaurants, shopping destinations, and boat and equipment rentals as you continue to head south along A1A through St. Augustine Beach, including our exclusive resort St. Augustine condo rentals at 4600 Highway A1A South.

There are several clearly labeled beach access points along St. Augustine Beach as you drive along A1A. Many have parking lots available.

Anastasia Plaza

As you head south you’ll run into Anastasia Plaza which is located near our resort at 1033 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine, FL for some dining and quick shopping.

For those staying in our St. Augustine Beach rentals, Anastasia Plaza is a quick destination for much of what you’ll need to stay full and other services, being just a few minutes away:

  • The Publix grocery store in the plaza is a wonderful resource for vacationers to cook at home and get everything they need, and it’s right by our Ocean Gallery St. Augustine beach rentals.
  • Small Shops and Stores sell a variety of other items that you may need or want from jewelry to sunglasses, apparel, and souvenirs.
  • Casa Maria Mexican Restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine as well as happy hour specials and a wide impressive menu. Favorites here include the enchiladas, tacos and other menu items. Enjoy the large TVs for sports viewing and margaritas which always guarantee a good time.
  • Sushi Zento and Grill feature some high-end Japanese dining in a spacious and colorful atmosphere and a modern interpretation of classic dishes with the freshest local ingredients. Favorites here include the sushi, of course, fish, chicken, salmon or shrimp teriyaki, and many other items.
  • Sea Oats Café offers casual dining in a small café that is sure to please from hot and cold sandwiches to wraps, breakfast omelets, and more – stop by between your shopping breaks.
  • Chain Restaurants in the plaza include a conveniently located Starbucks, Subway, Marble Slab Creamery for some dessert, and Dunkin Donuts.
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Adventuring on St. Augustine Beach

You also certainly aren’t short of places to find water equipment and hit the ocean in style in St. Augustine Beach. Pit Surf Shop (18 A St, St Augustine, FL 32080) is a fantastic place to get lessons or rent equipment by the hour.

The team has surfboards, bikes, and kayaks available to rent. You can also try a local surf camp if you plan to stay for a few weeks during the season and items to buy, including apparel and gear.


Looking for a few more take-home items? Sunburst Trading Co (491 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080) is your answer for some odd gifts and hand-made local items. This fun spot is the top shopping destination on St. Augustine Beach for affordable vacation staples, such as bathing suits, postcards, and more.

For something a little funkier, check out LYMI Oddities (305 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080). The location caters more towards visitors thinking outside-the-box for local art, gag gifts, and special local items that can’t be found anywhere else.

What helps to make a trip to St. Augustine Beach special is the sheer variety of the vacationing things to do and places to stay.

It is perfectly accommodating for groups of all sizes and interests. Parents can take the kids over to the ice cream shops, families can kayak, and fishing aficionados can spend a day (or their whole vacation) at the acclaimed fishing pier and Anastasia State Park.

So much more awaits in the rest of St. Augustine as well, from historic attractions to fishing and wildlife charters, and more top-tier restaurants than you could ever fit into just one vacation.

Contact us for information on our top St. Augustine oceanfront condo rentals and the area. We can be reached during our normal business hours at (800)-398-5980.

Plan Your St. Augustine Vacation

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