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Fort Matanzas National Monument

Throughout its history, the story of Fort Matanzas has been closely intertwined with that of the city of St. Augustine and the Castillo de San Marcos. This Spanish outpost fort was built in 1740-1742 to guard the Matanzas Inlet and to warn St. Augustine of British or other enemies approaching from the south. Fort Matanzas now serves as a reminder of the early Spanish empire in the New World.

Plane - Airports in Jacksonville, Florida (north) and Daytona (south) provide rental cars and easy access to I95.


Car - From I-95: Take exit 92 (Route 206). Follow Route 206 east about 6 miles to Highway A1A. Turn right and follow A1A south for 4 miles to the park entrance on the right side of the road. From St. Augustine: Follow Highway A1A south for approximately 14 miles to the park entrance on the right side of the road.


Public Transportation - There is no public transportation to the park. However, a bike path or bike lane extends almost all the way from St. Augustine Beach to Fort Matanzas.

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