When it comes to location, visiting
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And in between these two landscapes, curving inland from the ocean, it has a lagoon where kayakers set out in their crafts and fishermen always seem to be reeling in the big ones. Kayaks, canoes and sailboards are available for rent, as are other recreational crafts.
And when you factor in that Anastasia’s campground is one of the best anywhere – and that you can get a good campsite here for one-fifth the cost of an ordinary hotel room in many locales – you will see that this place provides the perfect ingredients for an eclectic vacation that won’t break the bank.
Speaking of the campground, it has seven loops. Other than the Coquina Loop, they are laid out in parallel, elongated ovals with all of the campsites positioned around the outside, and every two loops share a large, clean bathhouse that is situated between them. No matter which loop you are on, you will be surrounded by shade-giving oaks rising above an understory that is dense with yaupon, a type of holly. The majority of the campsites are both spacious and private – two qualities that are important but rarely co-exist. When reserving a site, keep in mind that the Coquina Loop is used almost exclusively by RV’ers, while the people camping on the other six are divided about evenly between tenters and RV’ers.
When you’ve had your fill of the oceanfront, you should check out Anastasia’s two hiking trails. One leads to an abandoned coquina quarry from centuries ago, and the other meanders through a hilly section of the forest. The hills were once barren sand dunes, back when the sea level was higher and the beach farther inland.
Then, when it’s time to venture outside of the park and explore downtown, you can rest assured you’ll have a good time.
From the Mill Top you can see the Castillo de
And back by the park, within walking distance of its entrance, stands the St. Augustine Lighthouse. You can climb the 318-step circular stairway to its top, where you step out onto a red observation deck to soak in a tremendous view in each direction. If you want to make the climb, keep in mind that children must be at least 44 inches tall. Access to the lighthouse, plus the grounds, museum, and audio tour, is $9. However, senior citizens are $8 and children under 12 are $7.
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