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Address: Amelia Island, FL
Phone Number: 9045107036
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One of nine sites along the African-American Heritage Trail, this area...

One of nine sites along the African-American Heritage Trail, this area founded in 1935 was Florida's first African-American beach.

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Almost hidden history

A small but well presented museum covers the background of this historic but relatively little known area. Drive down past the museum to see the beach area with some old and some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Decatur, GA
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Clearwater, Florida
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely sandy beach backed by large dunes surrounded by old beach homes. Established by an Afro-American millionaire late 1800'3- early 1900's as a vacation spot for Afro-American's

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Decatur, GA
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105 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A small but well presented museum covers the background of this historic but relatively little known area. Drive down past the museum to see the beach area with some old and some newer structures. Be sure to stop by the sand dune with a name.

Thank Stevedec
Concord, North Carolina
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225 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Not only an interesting and beautiful beach, the village of Fernandina and access to all the history in this area of Northeast Florida make Amelia Island a must visit. While in distance it's close, in experience it's miles removed from the concrete sprawl of Jacksonville. In fact,

Thank PGinNC
Fernandina Beach, Florida
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35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

If you're looking for a nice beach that is never crowded, American Beach is the place. You can also visit the museum, but you can simply relax and enjoy the sun, surf, and sand. There's a good size parking area and restrooms. Boardwalks take you over the dunes and there's even a limited area where you can drive on the... More 

2 Thank Bob S
Atlanta, Georgia
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66 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

We have been coming to Amelia Islamd for 30 years and always check in at American Beach and that beautiful Sand Dune! Always hoping the area will evolve.

Thank L J
Atlanta, Georgia
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31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

If you are interested in history and culture, then visiting the American Beach Museum. What an amazing story of the origin of Americna beach as well as the colorful story of the "Beach Lady" The American Beach also has some great sands and surf to enjoy.

2 Thank 7continents
Phoenix, Arizona
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

American Beach used to be a wonderfully interesting place full of history. I used to enjoy going to the beach but now they allow tourists to drive on it so the area has become unfortunately.... gentrified.

1 Thank IamMarissa03
Norfolk, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Nice and peaceful...the kind of beach where you can chill, relax, and really enjoy a beautiful beach...I was so glad to be there knowing it was a place where my African American ancestors could have fun and enjoy theirselves and just be family...

Thank CoolCurt757
charlotte, nc
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257 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

American Beach is worth the venture just for the history alone. While there are some buildings in need of restoration, etc. (historical buildings held in trust), the beach is amazing. There are few crowds and wide, clean shores. Ventured to Burney Park and it is a great place to stage if you are not staying locally. There is ample free... More 

1 Thank carolinasunshine13
Augusta, Georgia
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93 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We drove to Burney Park at American Beach. It was very quiet with very few people on the beach. Pretty good waves and shells. Nice homes around to look at. The parking lot was paved and had indoor and outdoor showers. No alcohol allowed on the beach. Pretty sure you can drive on this beach as well.

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