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

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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110 reviews 110 reviews
3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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224 reviews 224 reviews
41 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

If you have 4 wheel drive, this beach is a great place to find your own remote hang out. Rarely packed and very spread out. We always find sharks teeth here.

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Keystone Heights, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is a great beach for shelling. For the most part, pretty deserted. There is a bathroom and Boardwalk directly to it. Many of the shells still had wildlife in them which I threw back into the ocean. Welks, horseshoe crabs, starfish and pink barnacles all on the beach. Dogs allowed on leash, they had a blast! Definitely on the... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Nice quiet beach, removed from the bigger tourist spots. As others have said, there is not much to see at the beach itself. Neither are there tons of signs to explain the historical significance. The Ritz offers a guided bike tour that gives you additional info without TOO much physical exertion.

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wash dc
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148 reviews 148 reviews
60 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The beach itself is not very special but its place in history is. So read up before you go because there isn't much interpretive material on site.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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15 reviews 15 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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1,684 reviews 1,684 reviews
495 attraction reviews
550 helpful votes 550 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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