Two national monuments, separated by only about 15 miles, provide some great history on 16th, 17th, and 18th century colonization of Florida. Here's the Traveler's checklist to help you plan your visits.
Fort Matanzas National Monument
Beach Driving Ban Brings Fort Matanzas National Monument into Compliance, But Angers Matanzas Beach Users
Legally speaking, the beach driving ban that went into effect at Florida’s Fort Matanzas on January 1st was nearly 37 years overdue. Still, many area residents worry about its impacts on recreation and tourism.
If you're interested in 18th century warfare, and aren't tongue-tied by Spanish, the folks at the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas national monuments are looking for you.