The Matanzas Inlet, part of the Fort Matanzas National Monument and park, offers access to beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and on the estuary along the Matanzas River.
The entire park encompasses 300 acres comprised of 4 ecosystems: the beach on the Atlantic Ocean with sand, dunes, and dune meadows; the coastal scrub environment; the maritime forest; and the estuary that is the Matanzas River.
This park, at the southern tip of Anastasia Island, has two main areas and three parking lots. At the park's northern end is the entrance to the Fort Matanzas Monument to the west, with Atlantic beach parking and across A1A to the east. Driving is not allowed on Matanzas Beach. The Fort Matanzas Monument includes access to the fort via small ferry, a visitor's center, and a parking area. For more information, click the link above.
The southernmost portion of the park also has two parking lots, one of each side of A1A. The one on the east features a boardwalk to the Atlantic Ocean and the one on the west side provides access to the beach on along the Matanzas River estuary. The park service frequently offers guided walks, for which the gathering point is in the southwest parking lot.
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