Horses on Amelia Island

Courtesy of Visit Jacksonville

Amelia Island/American Beach

Amelia Island, Jacksonville’s neighbor to the north, is a short drive away yet a world away. The 13-mile-long barrier island boasts beautiful beaches, magnificent homes and two glorious resorts — Amelia Island Plantation and The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. Steeped in history, the island includes Fernandina Beach and American Beach. Home of the modern shrimping industry, Fernandina is known for its 50-block historic district. American Beach was established in the 1930s as a vacation destination for African Americans in the days before desegregation. It has hosted everyone from Ray Charles to Louis Armstrong. Hurricane Dora dealt the community a significant blow in 1964 when many of the homes and businesses were destroyed. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

Amelia Island
United States

Map of Amelia Island/American Beach: