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Fort Matanzas National Monument


In the northeast part of the state, south of St. Augustine


Fort Matanzas ("slaughter" in English) marks the site where, on September 29 and October 12, 1565, almost 300 soldiers from the nearby French Fort Caroline were killed by the Spaniards in a battle for supremacy in the New World. The fort itself is a masonry fortification built by the Spanish between 1740 and 1742 to guard the "back door" to St. Augustine at the south end of Matanzas Inlet. The site was proclaimed a national monument in 1924.




Riding ferry to fort, touring fort, walking on boardwalk trails. Facilities: Visitor center, fort, interpretive exhibits, boardwalk. Bookstore-gift shop. Programs & Events: Year-round ferry boat rides, ranger presentations (every hour on the half hour 9:30-4:30), living-history reenact-ments. Tips & Hints: Busiest Apr.-Aug., least crowded Sept. and Jan.




4& Camping: None in park. In St. Augustine: Ocean Grove RV Resort (4225 A1A S, tel. 800/342-4007; 195 sites; $41; flush toilets, showers, hook-ups). E3 Hotels: None in park. In St. Augustine: Sheratons Vis-tana Resort at World Golf Village (100 Front 9 Dr., tel. 904/940-2000 or 800/477-3340; 134 rooms, $129-$219). X Restaurants: None in park. In St. Augustine: Zaharias (3945 Rte. A1A S, tel. 904/471-4799; $9-$18). 6 Groceries: L'il Champ Convenience Store (8880 A1A S, St. Augustine, tel. 904/471-6501.)




Free. Leashed pets only. No alcohol. No driving or walking on sand dunes. Park open daily 9-5:30; visitor center open daily 9-4:30. Ferry runs 9:30-4:30, weather permitting.




The park is on Anastasia Island, 14 mi south of St. Augustine on Rte. A1A. Closest airports: Daytona (60 mi), Jacksonville (50 mi), and Orlando (100 mi).

Fort Matanzas National Monument on the map