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Castillo de San Marcos NP

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Mar 2018
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How Big Not Rated
Importance Not Rated
Revisit? D
Birding D
Wildlife Not Rated
Summer Heat C
Terrain A
Fun Hike Not Rated
Maintained A
Mosquitos A
Biting Files A
Ticks A
 LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Map On Big Map: Click map (or on google maps). Address: 1 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL, St. Johns, USA, 32084

1) What It's Like

It's a 400 year old spanish fort and native american prison national park across the street from the rest of St.Augustine. You basically can walk to the roof and see a bit of a view, check out the maybe 10 claustrophobic rooms on the ground floor, and you're done.

2) Kinds of Birds

Sea birds, herons/egrets, etc - but it's not what you'd call a birding hot spot.

3) Amenities

Inadequate Parking, gift shop, bathrooms.

4) Time Requirements

Other than waiting to get in etc - I doubt you could kill an hour here. 30-40 minutes.


I thought it was a bit underwhelming - I thought there was more to it when I visited this as a child. It's a Spanish fort from the 1600s and a place the US locked up native americans. It's been a national park since 1933. It's fairly small. It used to be surrounded by a moat but now it's just grass. Basically you walk to the second floor for the view and wander around claustrophobic rooms on the first floor. St.Augustine in general has a bit more going on to explore. It gets crowded - beware.

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