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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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Beautiful 🌞🏊

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
Deb M
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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119 reviews 119 reviews
4 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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230 reviews 230 reviews
42 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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166 reviews 166 reviews
66 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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