Anastasia State Park (St. Augustine, Florida)

As many of you know, we recently took a whirlwind trip to Orlando to drop or beloved “George” off for an exterior refresh!  We had originally planned on spending 4 nights at Anastasia State Park but my electrical issues delayed our departure by four days!  We had planned on boondocking at Wal-Mart but while we were planning our stop-overs, we realized we would be in Florida and close to Jacksonville.  We called the park and they had slots for Thursday night on a first come basis and we had to be there by 6:30pm.  According to my new Garmin GPS, our ETA was 5:30pm but that was NOT driving a motorhome and we had to get through Jacksonville at Rush Hour!

Monique wanted to stay at the park so we increased our speed to the posted speed limits!  Our fuel consumption plummeted to 8 MPG for that leg (from 9.5 MPG)!  We did arrive at the gate with 45 minutes to spare.  It was already getting dark so we found our spot, threw on some shoes, and headed for the beach.  It was a perfect night for a walk and I had the perfect person to walk with, my wonderful wife of 26 years!  After our walk, we headed back to dump our tanks, get the coach set up, and tackle our planning for Friday (oh, and sleep).

The park is very nice.  The campsites are tucked back in the Live Oak trees.  They are a moderate walk to the beach so you may want to drive or bring bikes.  There are four total loops.  One on one side of the main road and three on another road.  The campsites vary in size.  The nicer ones are for the larger RVs.  My advice is to overstate your unit’s length to get a better site.

The spots have 2/3 hookups (electric and water) and are fairly level.  They do have a VERY nice 3-slot dump station.

The park is a moderate to long bike ride to the historic district.  There are sidewalks from the park to the downtown area.  Since the sidewalks are next to a major road, I would suggest that only experience riders make the trip.

We definitely plan on returning when we have more time!

We have also stayed at the St. Augustine Beach KOA.  It is a nice campground.  The price is higher, the spots are closer together, and it is slightly farther to the historic district.  You can bike to the downtown but eat your Wheaties first.  There is also a very nice bike path to the public beach. The KOA also has a pool.  This is a nice place if you cannot get into the State Park.

Here is a picture of our 1977 Argosy Motorhome just before we left for Orlando.

Happy Travels,

Fred