What You Need to Know About Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

If you had to list the most iconic St. Augustine landmarks, the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument would definitely make the top five! At one point, this massive structure stood as the first defense for Spanish-ruled St. Augustine from British and other foreign armies. Today, it’s the oldest and the largest masonry fort in the continental United States. Discover what makes this historic site a must-see for visitors of the nation’s oldest city, and where you can book a room to experience the best of St. Augustine.

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Explore the Stone Walls of the Castillo De San Marcos National Monument

Visitors to the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument are encouraged to explore the fort at their leisure. The best view is on the gundeck, which overlooks St. Augustine and the Matanzas River. There are reenactors and rangers available throughout the site to speak with guests, answer questions, and give presentations about the history of the fort. When you first arrive, ask around to find out when the next lecture is taking place. First-time visitors to the park should make a point to watch the introductory video, shown every hour. It’s about a half-hour long and provides a brief history of the fort.

Watch a Weapons Demonstration

If you’re staying at Agustin Inn during the weekend, walk over to the Castillo de San Marcos to watch the weapons demonstration. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, reenactors explain and demonstrate the weapons of the Colonial era. This includes firing off one of the historic cannons on site! This is incredibly popular with visitors and locals alike and always draws a big crowd.

Spend the Day on St. George Street

Visitors generally spend about two hours at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. We suggest for visitors to get there around mid-morning when the weather is a little cooler, and the fort is a little less crowded. This will also give you the rest of the afternoon to explore St. Augustine. The Castillo de San Marcos is just a short walk from St. George Street, a pedestrian-only thoroughfare full of sites, shops, and delicious restaurants. If you’re in the mood for more history, visit the oldest schoolhouse in the U.S. If learning about the first Spanish settlers has you in the mood for tapas, visit the Columbia Restaurant, which serves Spanish and Cuban cuisine. The best part? Both of these sites are within walking distance of Agustin Inn!

Spend Your Night at the Agustin Inn

Book Your Stay Today at Agustin Inn (1)There are so many reasons why you should add Castillo de San Marcos National Monument to your St. Augustine itinerary. There are even more reasons why you should book your stay in town at Agustin Inn! We have gorgeous guest rooms, excellent amenities, a delicious daily breakfast, and a convenient location. When you stay with us, you’ll be just a short walk from the best restaurants, shops, and attractions in the historic district. 

Check our availability and book your next vacation with us today! We look forward to having you.