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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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Shelling beach

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
susan l
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Keystone Heights, Florida
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Keystone Heights, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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142 reviews 142 reviews
55 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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
22 helpful votes 22 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
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
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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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1,628 reviews 1,628 reviews
490 attraction reviews
506 helpful votes 506 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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Amelia Island, Florida
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152 reviews 152 reviews
30 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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
51 helpful votes 51 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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Jacksonville, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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