Hidden St. Augustine: Are you an artist wondering where to go to paint in St. Augustine? There are lots of painting venues! As locals, we often do plein air painting in the historic district, the marshes, and the beaches. Here are our favorite secret painting hideaways:
Historic Sites – Just about every street in old St. Augustine has loads of Victorian homes and Spanish colonial architecture. With a few restrictions, painting historic St. Augustine is a wonderful experience! But be careful not to set up your easel in restricted areas (Click here to see restricted areas). Some of our favorite painting spots are on Aviles Street and South of King; along the waterfront overlooking the Bridge of Lions, sailboats, and Anastasia Island; and in the neighborhood west of Cordova Street.
Riberia Street – Rustic Boat docks with St. Augustine’s working shrimp boats! Casual parking on the street. Sailboats, shrimpers, and old Florida shacks.
South of King Street – Paint anywhere South of King Street – there are amazing Victorian cottages with gardens and cobblestone streets.
Bay Front – Paint up at the bayfront, just about anywhere, but be careful to not block traffic.
Fort – Paint on the grassy areas at the Castillo de San Marcos.
Painting marshes, beaches, boats, and lighthouse
Anastasia Island – Lighthouse, beaches, and marshes. This 14-mile island is located on A1A just across the Bridge of Lions. We recommend the following places to set up:
- Lighthouse Park. Across from the St. Augustine Lighthouse – great side-swept trees, a small beach, marsh views, and the lighthouse view. Free to enter.
- Anastasia State Park – Very private with lots of beach, sideswept trees, and marsh scenes. $8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle.
- Anastasia Island beaches – Free parking areas. Four-wheel-drive vehicles can drive onto the beach ($8 beach pass for vehicles). Turn left from SR A1A onto A1A Beach/SR 312. Beaches are on the left. Good places to park near the beach:
o Pope Road
o St. Johns County Ocean Pier parking lot
o A Street for 4WD entrance
o Ocean Hammock Park – boardwalk through a trees and dunes to the beach.
o Mary Street
o Cubbedge Road
o Inlet beaches – at the south end of the island, just past the Fort Matanzas National Monument; parking lots on left and right of A1A. Wild beaches and dunes.
- Anastasia Island marshes – free parkng – turn right off of A1A and drive to the end to park:
o Dondanville Road – a small area that goes to the edge of the marsh.
o Butler Park on Riverside Blvd. A larger area that is at the edge of the marsh.
Guana River Marsh Preserve – 7 miles North of the city, along A1A. Wild Florida! There are nature paths through woods, a lake, and marshes. Parking fee: $3 per vehicle