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As a custom home builder in St Augustine FL and the official builder of the HGTV Dream Home 2024, we’re well aware of the beauty of Anastasia Island. There’s so much to fall in love with on this island, from stunning scenery to exceptional shopping and dining, so it’s no surprise that people are turning to us to help build their dream custom coastal homes here.

Anastasia Island is a barrier island just a short drive from St. Augustine. Bordered by the Matanzas River on the east and the Atlantic Ocean on the right, there’s no shortage of exceptional beaches. Yet there’s so much more to enjoy, thanks to the rich variety of history and natural attractions. Whether you’re looking for relaxation or a fun and entertaining outing, there’s something for everyone and every mood on this beautiful island.

The natural scenery is a huge part of the attraction. St. Augustine Beach is one of the more popular beaches, with wide sandy shores where you can sit back and relax, go for a swim, or enjoy a variety of water sports. Matanzas Inlet, which separates Anastasia Island from the neighboring barrier island, is a popular spot for fishing, boating, and wildlife observation.

There’s also the Anastasia State Park to enjoy, as it covers a significant portion of the island. Along with its diverse ecosystems, which include salt marshes that can be explored via kayak, there’s also the Ancient Dunes Nature Trail. This 0.7-mile loop through bowls formed within the dunes also takes you past southern magnolias and vivid American beautyberries. Throughout, you’ll find benches where you can rest or simply take in the impressive views.

The Lighthouse and Maritime Museum at the northern end of Anastasia Island is a fantastic mix of stunning scenery and the area’s rich history. The lighthouse offers panoramic views of the surrounding area, and the museum provides insights into the fascinating maritime history of the region.

Another place that combines history and impressive man-made sites is the Fort Matanzas National Monument. Located on Rattlesnake Island, which is part of the Anastasia Island complex, Fort Matanzas is a historic Spanish fort that played a role in the defense of St. Augustine during the 18th century.

Even if you just want a nice meal out, there’s no shortage of fine and casual drinks and dining throughout the island, with Italian, Caribbean, Tex-Mex, Thai, sushi, seafood, cocktails and craft beers, and more to ensure a delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks.

Hopefully this has whetted your appetite to explore Anastasia Island. You may soon fall in love and never want to leave. In that case, you’re going to want a dream custom coastal home to perfectly fit this amazing location. Glenn Layton Homes, a custom home builder in St Augustine FL, and the official builder of the HGTV Dream Home 2024, should be your first choice when it comes to creating your own dream home. Contact us today to be a part of this idyllic location.

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