Castillo de San Marcos
What to visit?
This National Monument was constucted by the Spanish in 1672 to protect its colonial city of St. Augustine. It has endured due to its unique masonry construction of sea shells and sand held together by calcium carbonate. This material apparently absorbs bombardments rather than shatter. THe Monument offers splendid views and is a highlight. The fortress is in downtown St. Augustine on the Matansas River. The strong Spanish influence here is felt in the architecture here unlike anything in much of Florida. Narrow streets filled with shops and art galleries abound. Henry Flagler chose to build a large hotel complex in town that has become Flagler College.
How to get to the Monument?
Access to the Monument is by car from Interstate Route 95 and Florida Route 16 to Route A1A. Plane and rail links are through Jacksonville. Amtrak offers offers service to Jacksonville on its Silver Meteor.
Greyhound provides bus service to St. Augustine.
Where to stay?
Camping is found nearby at Anastasia State Park.