A sweep of Atlantic Coast beach awaits along the southern tip of Amelia Island, where the sand glistens and the surf is frequently up. Amelia Island State Park protects 200 acres along the island’s shore.
Amelia Island is home to one of Florida’s oldest settlements, Fernandina Beach. In 1562, the French claimed this land, attempting to establish a colony along the St. Johns River to the south. By 1565, the Spanish were running the show. British loyalists, pirates, and Confederates all had their turn for rule over the centuries. Fringed by estuary and beaches, it’s a popular getaway with lodgings spanning the spectrum from camping to upscale resorts.