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Matanzas Inlet, Florida

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Matanzas Inlet is a channel in Florida between two barrier islands and the mainland, connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the south end of the Matanzas River. It is 14 miles (23 km) south of St. Augustine, in the southern part of St. Johns County. The inlet is not stabilized by jetties, and thus is subject to shifting.

Historic maps made by Spanish military engineers in the 18th century show that the inlet today has moved many hundreds of yards south of its location during the time of the Spanish Empire. In 1740, a British invasion force from Fort Frederica, Georgia blockaded this inlet, the southernmost access for boat travel between St. Augustine and Havana, Cuba. Shortly thereafter, in 1742, a coquina stone tower 50 feet (15 m) square by 30 feet (9.1 m) high, now called Fort Matanzas, was built by the Spanish authorities in Florida to safeguard this strategic inlet.
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  • What a wonderful and beautiful park, preserve. Had loads of fun with family and friends visiting this park,preserve. Stayed the day touring the lighthouse and grounds,the old trees were amazing...  more »
  • Just one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been too and hardly anyone there. From the shells, birds, and clear water. Be sure to go on low tide you will see the coral and rocks exposed super...  more »
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  • This is my family's go to spot for a beach day, and one of my better fishing spots. We have seen manatees, dolphins, and tons of sea turtles swimming around the rocks near where the restaurant used to be before the hurricane destroyed it. For fishing, I go to the south side of the bridge, park on the right immediately after it, walk under the bridge and from there fish the rocks and beach for flounder, redfish, sheepshead, black drum, mangrove snapper, whiting, and sea trout. You can use live or dead shrimp, or throw the cast net for some finger mullet, hook them through the nose and clip the tail. Tarpon and shark move through here too, especially when there are large schools of mullet present.
  • We come here ever yime we visit Florida and its always so relaxing and beautiful. Perfect for swimming, exploring and just sunbathing. If you artive early enough you’ll get a spot in the lot which is a short walk from the inlet. Being from California we always think the water is perfect temperature and always love seeing the wildlife in the area. My husband likes to fish off the shore and as the tide goes down more sandbars pop up and let you explore even more!

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