How to Spend One Unforgettable Morning Exploring Anastasia Island

Dreaming of white, sandy beaches and the warm coastal sun on your skin? Welcome to Anastasia Island! Now, we may be biased, but we think you should stay for an entire month to fully experience the wonders of Anastasia Island and the surrounding historic St. Augustine area. However, even in one morning you can experience so much and we want to take you on one, action-packed Anastasia Island adventure that you’ll never forget!

Sunrise over the beach is stunning, so get your day started right with a hot cappuccino at The Kookaburra Beachside. This Aussie-American espresso bar and pie shop is an eclectic place where you can savor a mouth-watering Aussie meat pie for breakfast. Hurry – they can sell out quickly! 

Now that you’re up early and properly caffeinated, it’s time for an adventure! We recommend the Ancient Dunes Trail, a winding, jungle like trail surrounded by overgrown plants and trees. This half-mile loop can be a bit strenuous at times, but worth it just to see the natural habitat and escape into the jungle for a bit. 

Next up is a visit to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. This local treasure could be a blog post all on its own, but if you have even an hour or two, it’s worth the visit. Climb the historic lighthouse tower and explore the museum to learn about the region’s rich maritime heritage dating back to 1513. This landmark is definitely kid-friendly with a variety of educational exhibits and interactive activities. If you have the chance to return at night, we highly suggest you book your ticket for the “Dark of the Moon Ghost Tour,” a spooky guided tour that lets you explore the Lighthouse grounds at night. 

Named for its natural crescent moon shape, Crescent Beach boasts crystal blue waters and a network of wooden decks and walkways to explore the sand dunes. This peaceful spot offers a perfect place to swim, canoe, bird watch, or just enjoy sunbathing next to the surf. 

How could you leave Anastasia Island without tasting some delicious fresh-caught shrimp? Although locals fiercely debate which establishment prepares the best seafood, you can’t go wrong with Sunset Grille, a casual, beachy spot with a loyal following. Come back for supper for a real party!

What an exhilarating morning! There are so many ways to enjoy Anastasia Island and we hope you’ll return soon to check out other experiences not mentioned in this list. From horseback riding on the beach to a paddle boarding adventure on the water, you will find something for everyone in the family. Check local COVID safety guidelines, pack your bags, and plan your adventure now!

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