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Fernandina Beach

Florida

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Florida Coastal Favorite

Florida’s northernmost barrier island, Amelia Island, is home to Fernandina Beach, known mainly for its walkable downtown, its family-friendly beach park and its proximity to beautiful Fort Clinch State Park, where a 19th century brick fortress still stands.

Though for years it’s been a low-key place to unwind, its popularity is rising — the beach town was praised by USA Today, Coastal Living and Conde Nast Traveler in 2017 alone.

Amenities and Activities

Fernandina’s Main Beach Park is where most of the action happens. There are picnic tables perfect for family gatherings, shaded gazebos, volleyball courts and a children’s playground. The park also offers bathrooms and is lifeguard protected.

Play a round of mini golf at Putt-Putt Amelia Island, or join the crowds watching the activity in the skate park. The closest restaurant to Main Beach Park is the Sandbar and Kitchen, serving seafood, sandwiches and pizza on a patio with ocean views.

At Fort Clinch State Park on Amelia Island’s northern coastal strip, there are more than 1,400 acres to explore, including wildlife habitats, coastal grasslands, a three-mile shoreline complete with a fishing pier, and a six-mile multi-use trail, a favorite of hikers and bikers. Keep your eyes open for the inhabitants of this area, including deer, raccoons, bobcats, and a range of avian and reptilian species.

Downtown Fernandina Beach

Anytime is a good time to meander through downtown Fernandina Beach, with its old-school feel and welcoming character. Palm trees line main avenues like Centre Street and 2nd Street, around which a collection of shops, bars and restaurants are sprinkled. Curious about the town’s history? Stop by the Amelia Island Museum of History, the first spoken history museum in the state.

Fernandina Beach at a Glance

City:Amelia Island

Country or State:Florida

Length of Beach:6 miles

Access:By car

Best time to visit:Late spring and early fall

High Season:June to September

Low Season:November to May

Facilities:

  • Rentals for chairs, umbrellas, water sports equipment, bikes
  • Beachside concessions, oceanfront restaurant and bar
  • Lifeguards on duty in summer
  • Public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular

Special Events:

  • Isle of 8 Flags Shrimp Festival

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