Fort Matanzas in St. Augustine Beach
Fort Matanzas is a historic fort located on Rattlesnake Island, near St. Augustine Beach, Florida. It was built by the Spanish in 1742 to protect the city of St. Augustine from British attacks. The fort played a significant role in the colonial history of Florida and was designated a National Monument in 1924.
For tourists, Fort Matanzas is a great location for exploring the history of Florida and its colonial past. Visitors can take a short boat ride from the visitor center to the fort and explore the various rooms and structures that make up the fortification. The fort also offers stunning views of the surrounding marshes and waterways, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and birdwatchers. In addition to the fort, the area around St. Augustine Beach offers a variety of outdoor activities, such as fishing, kayaking, and hiking.