LATE AFTERNOON FEAST -

We have rented the Sea Turtle Pavilion which is near the concession stand.  It will seat 130 people.  Why do we need a pavilion you ask?  Because we’ve arranged to have dinner delivered to the Park for you by Brisky’s BBQ Catering.  The folks that previewed the Park also visited Brisky’s and sampled their fare.  We are in for a treat! 


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Around 3:00, Briskey’s will deliver incredibly tender beef brisket, pulled pork, BBQ beans, coleslaw, potato salad, green beans & rolls.  All this for the very reasonable price of $12 per person. The club will provide plates, utensils & napkins.

 

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Anastasia State Park
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Lunch: The Island Beach Grilloffers a counter service menu. They serve a variety of foods, including sandwiches, snacks, quesadillas, chicken tenders, nachos, fish taco, beer, wine and assorted frozen drinks.  You might also want to bring your lunch from home. 


2023 Beach Trips


Anastasia State Park

on Monday, April 17 th, 8:30am until 8:00pm

 





I/we would like to go to I/we would like to go to Anastasia State Park with the BBC on April 17th.  Enclosed is my $42.00 check (pp). 

Print your name(s):   ____________________________________________________________________________________________

I/we wish to be on the bus with these friends (name up to four) ________________________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________________

I/we still have a credit with the BBC and I would like to use that credit. ________


I/we live in the Village of ________________________________


I/we will be fully vaccinated by March 6th _______________


During the trip, I can be reached at this phone number: ______________


I/we would like to tour the Lighthouse Museum and have added $11 per person to our check:  ____Yes

_______# of people

 






By 4pm, we’ll all be ready to start the drive home.  But first we will make a stop at Buc-ees on World Commerce Parkway, about 30 minutes away.  It's the perfect place to shop for your dessert.  If you’ve not yet been to a Buc-ees, hold onto your hat and get ready to embark on a totally different kind of “travel stop”.  First of all, there are about 104 fuel pumps…..but they are only for cars.  No semi-trucks are allowed.  And it only gets more interesting from there…..https://buc-ees.com/

 


To get in on the fun, print the reservation form by clicking on the green button above.  On  April 2nd, we will conduct our lottery and you will be notified shortly thereafter of your seat confirmation or waitlist status.  Mail or drop the reservation form,  along with your check (made out to the BBC) for $42.00*per person to:

*This trip includes a $2 surcharge in the trip fee for park admission and pavilion rental, plus the $12 cost of our catered dinner.

 



Anastasia State Park is about 2 ¼ hours from The Villages on the Atlantic side of the state.  This unspoiled, beautiful park sits about one mile off Highway A1A.  The beach is deep, tracked at approximately 800-900 steps in width to the water’s edge by the folks that previewed this park for us, so please plan accordingly.  There is a flat rubber mat trail leading down to the water so those 8-900 steps are not all in fluffy sand.  It's not quite as wide as Siesta Key.....but it's close!


 

If you’ve never heard of Buc-ees, we recommend this light reading:  https://www.mashed.com/1081624/mistakes-people-make-at-buc-ees/



After an hour of wandering around Buc-ees, we’ll reboard our bus and head back home, arriving before 8pm.

It’s hard to believe that there is a Florida beach the BBC has not visited in the ten (10) years it’s been operating…..but we found one. 

If this is your FIRST EVER BBC tripThe BBC has a revised Liability Waiver specific to our club.  Please follow the link:  http://www.bbc32162.com/liability-waiver-1.html; click on the Blue Button to print the Liability Waiver and submit it with your reservation form.  If this is not your first trip,  please skip this step.



Activities available to you in the park (in case the beach, sand and water aren't enough to keep you entertained)

 

Biking:  Bicycle over four miles of beach and several miles of park roads. Bike lanes are available or you may bike along the shoreline.You may ride your bike up and down the beach for miles.  Rentals are at the concession island beach shop. Bikes may be rented for $12-$15. Bike rides along the beach and kayaking excursions in Salt Run are favorite activities within this beautiful state park.

 

Kayaking/Canoeing:  You may choose to set your own pace through the ecosystem of Salt Run and rent a kayak or canoe. You will enjoy the views of the lighthouse, beach dunes and narrow waterways. The kayaks rent for $40-$60 for a single; kayak doubles are $50-$70 per hour; and canoes rent for $50 per hour. The canoes seat up to three people. Because you sit above the water, you have an excellent view for spotting sea life. Also the stability of a canoe makes it ideal for taking pictures.  These rentals are available at the Watersport area.  https://anastasiawatersports.com/

 

Birds: Anastasia State Park has 195 identified bird species. There is a wide variety of habitat on the island which explains the large amount of different species. The birds are mostly seen on the sand.  The park provides a nesting place for the many birds that travel as much as 1000 miles. The birds are often exhausted and in need of nutrition when they first arrive.

 


 



Anastasia Beach:Just south of the St. Augustine Lighthouse lies one of the area’s most beautiful, untouched beaches inside Anastasia State Park. Mossy trees shelter a cozy campground just off the shore.  During walks on the beach at certain times of year, you can find starfish, shells, crabs and other creatures in the tidal waters and sand along the coast.  In St. Augustine, Anastasia State Park is a favorite destination for outdoor recreation along the beach. It has 4 miles of beach for strolling, sandbars and shallows for swimming.

 

Barefoot Beachcombers Club (‘BBC’ will also suffice)
333 Colony Blvd. #110
The Villages, FL 32162

You could instead hand your addressed envelope to a person at the counter at Safe Ship in Colony Plaza, saving you the stamp and ensure its timely arrival.

To print a copy of this invitation and our planned arrival/departure times, click on the Blue Button. 

Hiking: There are three potential hikes in this park - including a beach walk and an exploration of the old Spanish coquina quarries -

 

1.  The Ancient Dunes Trail is the official nature trail at the park. It starts at the back of the campground and provides an up-close look at the native habitats that flourish on this windy shore. It is a 0.7 mile long trail that takes twelve minutes and is considered an easy walk. https://floridahikes.com/anastasia-state-park

2.  Anastasia State Park Marsh Trail:  Explore this 0.9 mile out-and back trail. It is generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 16 min to complete.  This trail is great for hiking and walking, and it is unlikely you will encounter many other people while exploring.

3.  Spanish Quarry.  Head out on this 0.5-mile out-and-back trail. This short walk leads to a spectacular view of the old quarry. The canopy of trees is very pretty and gives visitors a sense of “old Florida.” Generally considered an easy route this trail takes an average of 9 min to complete. It is a popular trail for birding, hiking, and walking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of the day. The trail is beautiful to visit anytime.

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As you can see in the map, the 2-mile long Salt Run offers a sheltered spot for kayaking, paddle boarding or canoeing.   Whether you are looking for adventure or just relaxing on the water, a journey along the 2 mile Salt Run is filled with native wildlife, iconic sights of St. Augustine, and the sounds of gentle ocean waves.  

This beautiful, scenic beach does not have any lifeguards this time of year. 


Chairs and umbrellas can be rented. However, there is a very limited supply of each available. The website www.anastasiawatersports.com will allow you to book a chair/umbrella.  But be aware, you will have to then pick it up at the concession stand, Island Beach Shop and Grill, cart it to the beach and set it up for yourself.  A chair for a ½ day is $12; full day is $15. Chair and Umbrella; ½ day is $25 and a full day is $30. We were unable to convince the park staff to set chairs/umbrellas up for us.

 

Anastasia State Park

on Monday, April 17 th, 8:30am until 8:00pm

 




The beach is located just minutes from St. Augustine and it is adjacent to the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.  Since it is too far to walk, our bus will drop passengers that want to explore 500 plus years of maritime history in this 1874 black-and-white striped lighthouse.  The lighthouse itself is 149 years old.  We will embark on a self-guided tour through the museum. You can climb 219 steps to the top of the lighthouse for fabulous views of the nation’s oldest city and the Atlantic Ocean.  If you do conquer those 219 steps, the BBC will purchase a Certificate of Achievement, signed & dated, just for you.   We will allow approximately one hour for you to tour the property and of course, visit their gift shop. We are being given a discounted rate of $11.00 each.  The bus will return after an hour to retrieve everyone from the lighthouse and take them to the beach. We will pre-purchase the tickets to smooth things along at the lighthouse.

https://store.staugustinelighthouse.org  This is an optional excursion.