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American Beach

Amelia Island, FL
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Ranked #22 of 32 Attractions in Amelia Island
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Owner description: 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We had a fantastic guided bike tour from the Ritz to American Beach. It was 3 miles one way. We learned all about the history of Amelia Island, Fernandina beach and American beach. The huge sand dune was majestic.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is a wonderful beach and it's rarely ever crowded. There is a pavilion for having picnics and family gatherings, an outdoor shower and a small changing building.

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Portland, OR
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

On September 6, 2014 a new museum opened on Amelia Island dedicated to the history behind American Beach. Its first exhibit also tells the story of MaVynee Betsch, “the Beach Lady". We were lucky enough to stumble upon it during our stay on Amelia. What we learned was a truly inspirational story of the origin of American Beach and the... More

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Rochester, New York
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1,470 reviews 1,470 reviews
459 attraction reviews
445 helpful votes 445 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I found the American Beach site to be interesting more from the historical perspective than from the sightseeing angle. In the earlier days of the 1900s, this was the scene of the first regional African American beach resort area, since segregation kept that community from using the "white" beaches. However, once the segregation ended (which by law was only in... More

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Cashiers, North Carolina
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147 reviews 147 reviews
30 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

American Beach is located on AIA/First Coast Hightway a few clicks past the fire station before you get to the first Amelia Island Plantation traffic circle.. The signs are obvious and the wide road back to the beach past Osprey Village great for bikes or cars. I drive back in my car or for a no traffic bike ride very... More

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Grassy Creek, North Carolina
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73 reviews 73 reviews
4 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Our day at the beach was awesome....wasnt over crowded... the breeze coming off the ocean made the temperature seem not so hot...we really enjoyed our visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you are looking for a great beach to enjoy space, this is the one! Yes, it is a bit out of the way, yes, it could be cleaner ( I pick up litter on my way to the bath house) and yes, there are some of the original structures still in the area and yes, people do camp out... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This is an area time has forgotten. As others have said the neighborhood is run down and it gives the visitor a feeling of intruding. Although the beach is beautiful, there are better choices for your family. On the positive side the signs give you a brief history of the area and the sand dunes are large. Not the cleanest... More

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Kingsland, Georgia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Quite a nice area place to bring your family and children and enjoy a nice quite day. The BEACH IS BEAUTIFUL I LOVE THIS PLACEE. Amazing Historical value a lesson to be taught and learned.

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Tampa, Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
21 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

My husband and I spent two days in Fernandina Beach, Florida. We wanted to see the "American Beach" in the southeast part of Amelia Island as it is on the Florida Black Heritage trail. It's easy to get to: turn towards the east from A1A (1st Coast Highway) onto Lewis Street and drive 8 or so blocks to the sandy... More

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