Fernandina Beach is the gateway to Florida on the water for mariners heading south (Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Mile 716).
For those who love the water, Fernandina Beach is a mariner’s paradise with its adjoining local waterways — the Amelia River/intracoastal, mouth of the St. Marys River, Cumberland Sound, Nassau Sound and Atlantic Ocean (plus Egans Creek within the island). A top lure of island living is access to this wonderful waterfront playground for those with a boat. Great for visitors, too, tourism activities out on the water include nature and sunset boat tours, charter fishing, sailing and kayaking adventures.
Birthplace of Modern Shrimping Industry
One of the things visitors soon learn when traveling to Amelia Island is about Fernandina’s long shrimping history. The Victorian-era seaport holds claim to being the “birthplace of the modern shrimping industry in America.” Visitors to Fernandina’s downtown riverfront often see shrimp boats docked. They can also be spotted on the distant horizon, out fishing in the sea, when visiting Amelia Island’s Atlantic coast beaches. When dining out on Amelia Island, be sure to ask for the availability of wild-caught shrimp. Many of the finest chefs would agree that wild-caught shrimp is the only type to serve discerning diners.
Sunsets On The River
For locals and visitors, a favorite spot on the island to linger waterfront is along the Fernandina Harbor Marina at the doorstep to the downtown historic district. It’s a nice place to relax and watch the boats come and go. Be sure to catch a beautiful waterfront sunset along the island’s western riverfront at the downtown docks.
Get out on the water aboard the top tour boat operator, Amelia River Cruises, offering a variety of tours highlighting coastal nature and local history. One of their tour boats is pictured above passing by Spanish Old Town Fernandina (in the background is the historic home where “Pippi Longstocking” movie was filmed).
The Oceanfront, Atlantic Coast Beaches
Naturally, Amelia Island is also for beach lovers, whether sunning, swimming, surfing, beachcombing, biking at low tide, jogging, or fishing from shore. Early risers enjoy some sensational seashore sunrises along the island’s 13-mile Atlantic coast beachfront. Find out lots more about public beach access and the largest beach parks on Amelia Island, view beaches photo gallery, including Fernandina’s Main Beach Park, Seaside Park, Peter’s Point and Burney Park in American Beach.
Find out lots more about Amelia Island boat tours, charter fishing, kayaking, river cruises and public boat ramps.