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Explore the History of Fort Matanzas National Monument

Fort Matanzas National Monument

St. Augustine is a city with such a rich historical past, and the Fort Matanzas National Monument is one of those very interesting places to visit in Florida. After a quick and absolutely beautiful 25-minute drive down the coast, you’ll find the 1740 Fort Matanzas National Mountament set on 300 acres of salt marsh and barrier islands along the Matanzas River. The structure is made from coquina, a shell stone building material, and it’s a spectacular site up close!

If you’re a history buff, then exploring St. Augustine will be thrilling. From attractions like the historic forts, old churches, and the downtown historic district full of museums and galleries, you’ll find so many amazing things to do during your stay.

Before you start filling your itinerary with outings like Fort Matanzas National Monument, you’ll want to get your lodging on the books, and our bed and breakfast in St. Augustine is one of the best places to stay. Casa de Sueños, which loosely translates to the house of dreams, is genuinely a delightful space. The early 1900s Mediterranean design creates a breezy atmosphere, ideal for unwinding in the tropical paradise of St. Augustine. Check out our upcoming availability and book today!

Fort Matanzas National Monument

Fort Matanzas National Monument & More Historical Sites

One of the main things that make a visit out to Fort Matanzas National Monument unique is that it’s only reached by ferry. Grab your boarding pass and take the quick five-minute ride over to the fort area, where guests can explore the ancient building and the surrounding grounds. Ferry back and head to the Visitor’s Center; from here, you’ll be able to set out on the two trails weaving through the marsh and forests.

The Marsh Trail, north of the Fort Matanzas National Monument visitor’s center, consists of a sandy path that winds through the wetlands, which is a fertile habitat for birds and wildlife—this is an ideal spot for birdwatching! The marsh acts as a natural filtration system, preventing flooding of the inland areas. For a shady walk under the tree canopy, known as a hammock, hit the Nature Trail, accessed by the boardwalk on the highest point of the barrier island. After you’re strolls, head down to the beach for stunning views of the Matanzas River and the Atlantic Ocean.

Fort Matanzas National Monument

The Fort Matanzas National Monument isn’t the only historic fort to visit in the area; in fact, one of the most amazing places to visit in St. Augustine is the Castillo de San Marcos. As a guest are our St. Augustine Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be just under a 10-minute walk to this fantastic and enormous fort. The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest fort in the continental United States, completed in 1695. On a tour, you’ll learn all the dark details about the fort’s history—either on a self-guided exploration or follow along with a park ranger.

Fort Matanzas National Monument

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Located in the heart of the historic district of St. Augustine, our Florida Inn offers seven impeccable guest suites ideal for your next getaway to paradise. Each room is unique and distinct—some equipped with extra romantic touches like two-person jetted tubs and private balconies. The list of complimentary guest amenities is long and includes hearty buffet breakfasts, evening socials, free off-street parking, and wi-fi throughout the Inn. We’re also within walking distance to many of the most popular attractions in St. Augustine. Head out on foot and explore, and we’ll be awaiting your return for relaxation and pampering.

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