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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.HistoryJuan 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 beaches in the St. Augustine area were far better than I remembered from a previous visit. Not too crowded, great surf and sand.  more »
  • The biggest seashell I've ever found was on Anastasia Island, so I might be partial to it. :) It's honestly just beautiful and peaceful. Everything about this area is just beautiful!  more »
  • Went here with my boyfriend and our kids and now l know y we never come here....the food sucked wasnt worth what we paid and the service was even worse....Ontae was our server and should not b allowed...  more »
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  • Kids had so much fun. Just a long walk from parking lot to the beach.
  • It so peaceful and close to everything
  • Analysis beautiful in St. Augustine, FL. What can I say
  • It is always nice on the island.
  • It's beautiful I mean just beautiful,,,,,yiC
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