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Fort Matanzas and Castillo de San Marcos

Looking for Things to Do in St. Augustine? Agustin Inn, a St. Augustine Bed and Breakfast, is convenient to all of the St Augustine Attractions and fun St. Augustine Activities. Perhaps the most visited attractions in St Augustine are the historic St Augustine Forts, Fort Matanzas National Monument and Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. These two St Augustine Forts played important roles in the Old City's development and the History of St. Augustine FL. Learn more about these impressive St Augustine Forts and browse our information on other St Augustine Attractions like the St Augustine FL Beach, Anastasia Island Florida State Park, the Saint Augustine Lighthouse, the Bridge of Lions, and the St Augustine Alligator Farm.

The Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at the site of the historic fort it is named for. After surviving over 5 centuries, the land and marsh areas (over 100 acres to be exact) that surround Matanzas Bay are best explored by visiting Fort Matanzas National Monument, which is run by the National Park Service. After its construction in 1740, Fort Matanzas served as a protective fortress for the Spanish colony of St Augustine. In 1819, the United States took control over the lands of Florida and rendered Fort Matanzas useless, leaving it to ruin. After ardent restoration efforts took place in 1916-1924, Fort Matanzas National Monument is now a St Augustine Attraction ready to be explored.

Want to tour the Fort Matanzas National Monument? This St Augustine Attraction is only accessibly by guided boat tours. Open every day of the year except for Christmas Day, a ferry service leaves from the visitor center dock area every hour at half past the hour between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm. The free guided ferry tour lasts approximately 45-50 minutes.

Castillo de San Marcos Fort is located less than a half a mile from Agustin Inn! In the early days of St. Augustine, the Spanish used wooden forts to protect the city. After 9 of these wooden forts were burned to the ground, Queen Mariana of Spain commissioned the construction of a fort made of more durable materials. The Castillo de San Marcos was finished in 1695 and is St. Augustine's most historically significant structure. It is due to the Castillo de San Marcos Fort that St. Augustine has never been conquered. The structure was built in the style of a masonry star fort and made from coquina rock hauled across the Matanzas Bay from Anastasia Island. Workers were brought all the way from Cuba to help construct this massive structure! Although siege attempts were made on the fort in 1702 and 1740, the stalwart fort stood strong and successfully protected St. Augustine.

Our historic St. Augustine Bed and Breakfast is located just a block away from St. George Street and the Castillo de San Marcos fort. Stay with us on your next Vacation in St Augustine FL in our Bed and Breakfast in St Augustine and you will enjoy St. Augustine Lodging close to the Matanzas Bay, within walking distance of the Old City's historic downtown region. Learn more about fun St. Augustine Activities you can enjoy while visiting; St Augustine Golf, St Augustine Outlets for shopping, St Augustine Tours, and St Augustine Fishing. Our guest amenities are what set our Bed and Breakfast in St Augustine FL apart. We offer a complimentary gourmet breakfast each morning, plush bathrobes for each guests, and access to our exclusive garden and terrace areas.

  • Fort Matanzas National Monument
    8635 A1A South
    St Augustine, FL 32080
  • Castillo de San Marcos
    1 South Castillo Drive
    St Augustine, FL 32084
    Headquarters: 904-829-6506, x227
    Entrance Station: 904-829-6506, x234

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