The benefits of being on an island are many. High on the list is watching a beach sunrise and riverfront sunset. Two chances to make every day better in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida.
Amelia Islanders and residents of Nassau County, Florida are a lucky bunch to have Fort Clinch State Park within easy reach. For tourists, it’s a “must see” for “to do” lists when visiting!
Fernandina Beach has its old-fashioned Main Street called Centre. The downtown historic district adds the regal crown to this “Isle of Eight Flags,” named after princess Amelia of England.
FINDING FLORIDA SHARK TEETH: The search for sharks’ teeth is a regular seaside ritual in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. What has turned into a tradition is fun, free, and family-friendly.
Old Town Fernandina, far less traveled than downtown’s Centre Street area, is the original site of Fernandina. Fernandina Plaza is a great spot to watch a sunset over the river.
Visit Kingsley Plantation, 20 minutes south of Amelia Island in northeast Florida. Key crops were sea island cotton, indigo and sugar cane.
For those who love the water, Fernandina Beach is a mariner’s paradise with adjoining local waterways — the Amelia River/intracoastal, Cumberland Sound and Atlantic Ocean (plus Egans Creek within the island).
Walk over a drawbridge, through a tunnel to travel back in time to the year 1864 at Civil War-era fort in Fernandina. See one of America’s most well-preserved 19-century fortresses.
Fernandina Beach is home to the Amelia Island Lighthouse, guiding mariners since before Florida was a state. Designed by Winslow Lewis, the Amelia Island Lighthouse circa 1838 has a double-walled tower and Third-Order Fresnel lens.
Egans Greenway is a natural area encompassing over 300 acres on Amelia Island, managed by the city of Fernandina Beach, Florida. Native flora and fauna can be observed in Egans Greenway.