Fort Matanzas National Monument

  • River view at Fort Matanzas National Monument



Fort Matanzas Information

A timeless vigil, Fort Matanzas National Monument guarded St. Augustine's southern river approach. The fort and its wild plant barrier are well-preserved.

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.

In addition, the park, which is located on barrier islands along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas estuary, provides a natural habitat rich in wildlife with the salt marsh, scrub, and maritime hammock now protecting endangered and threatened species.


Making an Impact

Visiting Fort Matanzas

View of river from Fort Matanzas National Monument

Map of the Park

Fort Matanzas National Monument
8635 A1A South
St. Augustine , FL

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