About 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.
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Things You Can't Miss
Learn about life during the Civil War from the interpreters who now man the fort. Spot dolphins and manatees from the nearby fishing pier.
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.
Fill up at this family-friendly May festival featuring fresh local shrimp prepared every way imaginable. Browse more than 300 arts and crafts booths.
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This family-owned ranch offers horseback tours in Amelia Island State Park. Ride through maritime forests and in the surf on pristine white beaches.
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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.
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