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American Beach

Amelia Island, FL
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Ranked #24 of 31 Attractions in Amelia Island
Type: Beaches
Traveler Description: American Beach is located on the southern end of the Atlantic Ocean side of Amelia Island, just north of the Amelia Island Plantation complex.  The... more »
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Rochester, New York
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1,312 reviews 1,312 reviews
400 attraction reviews
396 helpful votes 396 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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27 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
3 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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1,128 reviews 1,128 reviews
774 attraction reviews
866 helpful votes 866 helpful votes
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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3 helpful votes 3 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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Saint Augustine, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

My family and I took a drive down the coast from Amelia Island yesterday and wanted to see this very historical sight - we were very creeped out by how abandoned this neighborhood is. There was no one outside, no noise, a truck drove by and gave us a very suspicious look for even being there. Just odd all around.... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Myvnee Betsch was the lady who ensured this historical place was kept and built for generations to come. She and her family along with many from Jacksonville and all over the world know the place in Black history American Beach holds. Read every word on the markers, in the museum, and walk on the beach to see Nana, she saves... More

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Manning, South Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We went to Amelia Island this weekend for a family event. Was interested in the history of America Beach. As with some of the other reviews given, the beach is beautiful(as are all the beaches at Amelia Island) What I found sad and can't believe no one else wrote about is the deplorable condition of the neighborhood. It has many,... More

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