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American Beach

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American Beach

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Amelia Island is full of rich history, and we're constantly researching the facts. We take you on a journey from the time the Timucua Indians inhabited this area into to the modern day shrimping industry. Get to know when the eight different authorities dominated the island, and discover some very interesting characters that paved the way. Ride around protected from the elements and see the most historic places where all the excitement took place here on Amelia Island.
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ExploringD2 wrote a review Jul 2020
Melbourne, Florida34 contributions2 helpful votes
This is an awesome beach with amenities and history. We love seeing the tallest sand dunes in Florida nearby!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Bob S wrote a review Feb 2020
Fernandina Beach, Florida305 contributions46 helpful votes
There have been a few changes at American Beach in the past year or so. The Pavilion has seen a new roof and paint job and the boardwalk to the beach has been repaired, Also a mat for wheelchair access has been added to the end of the boardwalk through the last dunes to the beach. The problem with the mat is that thw wind and shifting dunes cover some of the mat making it difficult for a wheelchair to get through. Since this is February and out of season, I surmize that the mat will be maintained once the season begins. The beach itself is pretty much the same and is delightful.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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DBM58 wrote a review Dec 2019
Murrayville, Georgia460 contributions104 helpful votes
I recently attended a conference on Jekyll Island and had the opportunity, as an excursion, to accompany a colleague to Nassau County FL, just across the border. Our purpose was to visit a site that is very important in African-American history; since most (if not all) of the beaches in the area were segregated, they ended up being the only places that African-Americans could enjoy water sports and other activities we take for granted. To steal a brief description from Wikipedia: "American Beach was the largest and most popular of these, and was a community established by Abraham Lincoln Lewis, Florida's first black millionaire and president of the Afro-American Life Insurance Company. It contains American Beach Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002." Fast forward 85 years from its founding year of 1935, and this community finds itself threatened from all sides. Multimillion-dollar hotels, condominiums, and homes are encroaching on and replacing the modest, originally black-owned homes in the community, and development along the highway to the west is also squeezing the area. There is currently a movement to keep this historical location from being privatized, which includes allowing the continued issuance camping and driving permits in the area, which go all the way back to the beach's founding. It would be a terrible shame for the public to lose this piece of important history. Until last week, I never even knew it existed. It is a beautiful, fascinating place, and while we were there, we met with some of the campers and learned the details of this insidious effort. They asked us if we could help make people aware of the situation and, if we were so inclined, sign a petition to maintain the right to camp there. In any case, it is well worth the visit, especially if you are interested in African-American history. There is a museum, the community; the plaques and historical markers, and of course, the beaches themselves. Admission is free.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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dyklee1029 wrote a review Oct 2019
Bradford, PA, USA103 contributions26 helpful votes
The name may be misleading because the Beach is in front of a Historical District with a Museum documenting the history of the Beach. Take a slow drive through the streets with structures (some abandoned) dating back to the early years.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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phelpsusa wrote a review Oct 2019
Orlando, Florida548 contributions183 helpful votes
Great beach, not packed, awesome sunrise, can find sharks teeth. High end area. All hotels are expensive.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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