Across the Matanzas River, just over the Bridge of Lions (currently being renovated) from downtown St. Augustine, is Anastasia Island.
To the east – the Atlantic Ocean; to the north, west and south – the Matanzas River.
The main road on the island is A1A which runs north and south.Several smaller streets run east and west.
The island is not very large, 15 miles in length and 3 miles wide.
What it lacks in size it makes up for in beauty.
The community of St. Augustine Beach is located right about in the middle.
Other areas include Butler Beach and Crescent Beach, both on the south end.
Beneath the surface of the island is a bed of coquina stone which is made of compressed shell. This area is one of only a few places in the world where this stone can be found.
This was a favorite building material of the Spanish in the early days of St. Augustine. BothFort Matanzas and theCastillo de San Marcoswere constructed of this stone and they are still standing today.
Anastasia State Park offers a unique look at an old quarry pit. The trailleading to the pit is on the right just as you enter the park.
If you decide to stay out at the beach the Old Town Trolleys or the Red Trains will come and pick you up and bring you into St. Augustine for their tour. So take advantage of this perk and leave the driving (and parking) to the professionals.