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Get Swept Away to Fernandina Beach

Discover the "Salt Life" on Amelia Island

Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, receives plenty of accolades and has been named fourth-happiest seaside town (Coastal Living, 2017). Spend time in this colorful town, where charming Victorian-era homes and eclectic shops vie for attention along pristine, sandy beaches, and you'll understand why. 


A casual eatery with lots of specials, KP’s is a local’s favorite. A First Coast mainstay, no culinary journey would be complete without a visit to Salt Life Food Shack. Don’t miss Sushi Tuesdays and Oyster & Margarita ­Thursdays. Discover the most delicious things you’ve ever had in a bun at Wicked Bao.

Salt Life Food Shack (Courtesy Salt Life Food Shack)


Try power hang gliding at Florida Adventure Sports and get an aerial view of the coast. Climb the Amelia Island Lighthouse, the oldest in Florida, for another great view. ­The Amelia Island Museum of History is Florida’s first spoken-word museum.

Amelia Island Lighthouse (©Deremer Studios LLC)


View works from American artists working in various mediums at Art on Centre. Find all your surfing gear, take a lesson or rent a board at Driftwood Surf Shop. Load up on special goodies for your best friend at Redbones Dog Bakery & Boutique.

Historic Downtown (©Deremer Studios LLC)


Fernandina Beach is considered one of Florida’s top beaches; its pristine waters are at their best for surfing from November through March. A 1,500-acre historic park with exceptional wildlife viewing, Fort Clinch was home to blockade runners in the Civil War and was briefly used in the Spanish-American War.

Fort Clinch State Park (©Visit Jacksonville)