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Fort Matanzas

Built in the 1740s, the fort once protected the islands from pirates and British vessels. The National Monument commemorates the killing of nearly 250 French Huguenots by the Spanish, a gruesome act that gave the area the name Matanzas, Spanish for “slaughters.” Free admission and open daily. Ferry boarding passes available at the visitor center.

Editor's Note:Boat tours are suspended until further notice due to damage from Hurricane Dorian. (9/10/2019)


8635 A1A S
St. Augustine, FL 32080
United States