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Popular Places to Visit on Anastasia Island

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A travel journal to St. Augustine by airynfaerie

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Quote: Anastasia Island is part of St. Augustine "The Nation's Oldest City". This island is home to some great coastal activities.

St. Augustine Beach (General)

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coquina on the beach Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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A place that I'm proud to call home is the lovely little town of St. Augustine Beach. Located on Anastasia Island on the northeastern coast of Florida, St. Augustine Beach is the quaint seaside provence of the "Nation's Oldest City". If you're looking for bright cheesy colors, gaudy high-rises, and crowded sand, then you're looking in the wrong place. Here you'll find a small-town feel on a wide sandy beach with classy cafes, and open skylines to enjoy sunsets instead of hotels.The commune of St. Augustine Beach is actually only a small stretch of less than 2 miles, but within these miles you'll find all you need for a relaxing visit. From the northside of the coastal road "Beach A1A" you'...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2010

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

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Attraction | "Alligators, Crocodiles, and More!"

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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One of the most popular stops for families and visitors in town is the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. One of the oldest sites of it's kind in the nation, this park has been continuously maintained since 1893. After hearing about it for years (even from my grandparents who remember visiting during their St. Augustine honeymoon) and living only a couple miles away, we finally visited in the spring.Located across from another popular site, the Lighthouse, this park is on the National Registry for Historical Places. Surprisingly, it houses quite a collection of species within the grounds and even though it's not too large, it's a great half-day site to see. The main building hou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2010

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park
999 Anastasia Boulevard
St. Augustine, Florida 32080
(904) 824-3337

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

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Attraction | "What's Black and White and Red on Top?"

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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One of the staples of the Anastasia Island skyline, and of the tourists' "must-see sites" is that of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum. Built in 1874, this lighthouse has been in functioning condition ever since, and now is not not only used for navigation aid, but for a glimpse into the history of the area.Now run as a not-for-profit organization, this museum is run by a devoted and knowledgeable group of people passionate about the maintenance and the passing of of history to every visitor. The current tower was built on the site of a much earlier Spanish watchtower during the time when Florida was Spanish territory. There was also an earlier lighthouse which was threatened by beac...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2010

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum
81 Lighthouse Avenue
St. Augustine, Florida 32080
(904) 829-0745

Day at the Park

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trail sign in the park Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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Every now and then I have a really good idea......that turns out not to be so good.Take one weekend this past summer for example. We enjoyed a super nice beach day with friends...some surfing, some swimming, some reading. This was followed by a couple refreshing drinks and a light lunch. It was so glorious outside, that I didn't want to stay in but I also didn't want much more sun.So I said, " I know! Let's go to Anastasia State Park and find a nature trail!". Thinking that at least then we'd be under shade in the forest part. So we paid the entrance fee, slathered on the 70spf, threw water bottles and a camera in my bag and took off.Seriously, as I pass...Read More

St. Johns County Ocean Pier

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Attraction | "Day at the Pier with Much More"

waterpark at the pier Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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As soon as one drives east on the oceanfront avenue "Beach A1A" and reaches the city of St. Augustine Beach, the St. Johns County Ocean Pier is one of the first places you'll see. Located in the 2-mile stretch of this quaint seaside town, this pier and the area surrounding it offer many lovely things that visitors can enjoy.The main star of this area is the pier itself. Protruding over the north end of the beach, this fishing pier is a popular destination for fishers throughout the year. The information and tourist office is where you purchase tickets and fishing passes and also where you gain access to the pier walkway. Bait, tackle, ice and refreshments are available in the center as wel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 6, 2010

St. Johns County Ocean Pier

St. Augustine, Florida

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St. Augustine, Florida