DescriptionThirteen miles of Appalachian quartz beaches and towering sand dunes distinguish Amelia Island, a picturesque island off the northeast tip of Florida's Atlantic coast. Formerly a haven for smugglers in the mid-19th century, the island became the site of Florida's first cross-state railroad and, consequently, the state's first resort. The many Victorian buildings in Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, remain a testament to the era.
Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway soon lured tourists farther south in search of new playgrounds, locking the island in its Victorian atmosphere. With its bed and breakfast inns, quaint shops and galleries within walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia Island encapsulates the charm of a Victorian seaport village. Visitors find relief from the modern world in the island's relaxed pace and such recreational pursuits as golf, swimming and horseback riding.
At the southern end of the island is American Beach, one of the country's last predominately African-American beaches. The town of American Beach was founded in the 1930s, an era during which many beaches were closed to African-Americans.
Visitor InfoAmelia Island/Fernandina Beach/Yulee Chamber of Commerce 961687 Gateway Blvd. Suite 101-G AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034. Phone:(904)261-3248
Things to SeeAmelia Island Museum of History
Horseback RidingKelly Seahorse Ranch