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Amelia Island

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Amelia Island

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Welcome to Amelia Island, FL

At the northeasternmost reach of Florida, Amelia Island has beautiful beaches with enormous sand dunes along its eastern flank, a state park with a Civil War fort, sophisticated restaurants, interesting shops, and accommodations that range from bed-and-breakfasts to luxury resorts. The town of Fernandina Beach is on the island's northern end; a century ago casinos and brothels thrived here, but those are gone. Today there's little reminder of the town's wild days, though one event comes close: the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, held during the first weekend of May. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved. Explore

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Step Back in Time at Fort Clinch State Park

Learn about life during the Civil War from the interpreters who now man the fort. Spot dolphins and manatees from the nearby fishing pier.

Step Back in Time at Fort Clinch State Park

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Fernandina Beach: A Charming Seaport Town

Have a pirate’s punch at the Palace Saloon and eat in the courtyard at the 1857 Florida House Inn. Then take in the town on a horse-drawn carriage ride.

Fernandina Beach: A Charming Seaport Town

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Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Fill up at this family-friendly May festival featuring fresh local shrimp prepared every way imaginable. Browse more than 300 arts and crafts booths.

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

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Kelly Seahorse Ranch: Fun for All Ages

This family-owned ranch offers horseback tours in Amelia Island State Park. Ride through maritime forests and in the surf on pristine white beaches.

Kelly Seahorse Ranch: Fun for All Ages

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Splurge at the Amelia Island Ritz Carlton

This resort offers fine dining, a state-of-the-art spa and a championship golf course. Take a mini cooking class while the kids hunt for shark teeth.

Splurge at the Amelia Island Ritz Carlton

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