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1340-A A1A South
St. Augustine, Fla. 32080

Located outside historic St. Augustine, the park's hardwood forest of ancient oaks was in its youth when Juan Ponce de Leon landed near the area in 1513 and gave Florida its name. On Anastasia Island, the park boasts a broad beach and a lagoon bordered by rich tidal marshes. Camping, beachcombing, swimming, picnicking, windsurfing, hiking, wildlife-viewing, and boating are popular activities. A self-guided nature trail allows visitors to walk through a maritime hammock that covers ancient sand dunes. For anglers, Anastasia is a great place to haul in the big catch. The park's full-facility campground is in a wooded area within easy walking or bicycling distance of the beach. An on-site concession and snack bar sells beach sundries, camping supplies, and bait, and rents bicycles, beach chairs, umbrellas, canoes, sailboards, and kayaks.