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Description: 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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Good Beach if You Like Nothing Around

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
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Augusta, Georgia
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Phoenix, Arizona
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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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...

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charlotte, nc
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232 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 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 

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Augusta, Georgia
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85 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

The beach was clean. I visit often from Orlando FL even though there are plenty of beaches closer to me but I travel the 2 hours because of the peace. The weather was great and you don't hear about shark bites. LOL

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Winter Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I love riding around American Beach. I went there as a child, so it is a nostalgic ride for me. Probably would have enjoyed it more had the museum been open.

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Atlanta, GA
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48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

The other current reviews called it historic, but don't tell you why. This beach was founded in the 1930's by a black millionaire, who owned a large insurance company. Wealthy black people (yes there were some) in those days traveled to this beach from many east coast cities to enjoy the hotels, bathhouses and nightclubs. The locals and tourist could... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Spent the day at American beach, much longer than we had planned because it was a great spot. I wanted to show my young daughter a piece of history and was delighted with the beautiful beach and stayed much longer than expected! The beach had lots of shells to explore and pretty good waves for a timid surfer. We are... More 

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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129 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Beach Parking Only with Permit. Clean and Quiet. Beach is between Omni and Ritz, South end of Island. No Bathrooms like Peterspoint

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city island, new york
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48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

this place is both beautiful and sad--it tells the story of an ugly period in American history but shows us that beauty does remain and things can change for the better--

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