Castillo De San Marcos National Monument
The story begins on the edge of the known world. A bastion of the largest empire ever created, the Castillo was built to protect and defend Spain's claims in the New World. Though caught in the whirlwinds of colonial warfare and intrigue, it was never defeated in battle. Its scarred walls still stand witness to over 330 years of history and culture. Visit this unique monument and watch as history comes to life with reenactments, exhibits, historical weapons demonstrations, and special events.
The Castillo de San Marcos is open to the public from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. year-round with the exception of December 25. (The ticket booth closes at 4:45 p.m.) The park grounds are closed from midnight until 5:30 a.m. The Castillo de San Marcos is considered to be a "walk-in" park. Pets are not allowed inside the structure of the Castillo de San Marcos though they are allowed in the exterior areas of the park. Pets must be kept on a leash at all times.
Seasonality / Weather
June through November is hurricane season so be sure to check for tropical storms before visiting. Otherwise it's hot and humid with frequent thunderstorms. Wear loose clothing, sun glasses, sun block and a hat. Drink plenty of water before and during your visit.
The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is located in downtown St. Augustine, Florida. St. Augustine is located on Florida's Northeastern Atlantic coast about midway between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach.
From I-95: Take the exit for St. Augustine Historic Sites and Downtown (Route 16, Exit 318). Follow Rt. 16 to US 1. Turn right on US 1 for two miles to Castillo Drive. Turn left on Castillo to the traffic light. Turn right at the light. The Castillo and parking are ahead on the left.
From US A1A: The Castillo is located on A1A in downtown St. Augustine.
The parking lot at the Castillo is designed to accommodate visitors only while they are in the fort. If you are planning on visiting the rest of St. Augustine you may want to consider using the city's parking garage which is only a block away from the Castillo.
There is limited public transportation in St. Augustine. However, private companies operate tour trains, horse carriages, and bicycle and motor scooter rental stores.