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One of nine sites along the African-American Heritage Trail, this area founded in 1935 was Florida's first African-American beach.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Amelia Island, FL 32034
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Reviewed November 14, 2018 via mobile

This is an historic area once inhabited by Afro-Americans who turned into a beachside refuge. In recent years it has become dilapidated and subsequently outsiders ate buying up property, tearing down statues and cinder block dwellings & building bigger/ newer edifices ! Burney Park is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Excursion825210
Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

You should not go to American Beach without visiting the Black History museum on Julia Street. It's filled with historical information regarding the beach and the African American experience on Amelia island. The hours are limited but it is a must see.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank FellowTraveler235525
Reviewed June 17, 2018

We live in Fernandina Beach so we have visited all of the different beaches on the island. American Beach is the one that we like the least. The sand is fine and the beach is flat, everything that one looks for in a beach. The...More

Date of experience: June 2018
4  Thank Putter A
Reviewed May 13, 2018

Except for a marker here and there this area has little about its history - which is interesting. I think the community should pull together and celebrate the history of American Beach and exploit it a bit for some tourism

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank BubbleMarker
Reviewed March 4, 2018

Too cold to go onto the beach so we just drove around the immediate area and read the historical sign posted.

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank William W
Reviewed February 12, 2018 via mobile

In the south, during the 1930's, the African American families could not visit the "white only" beach resorts. Fortunately, Mr. Abraham Lincoln Lewis, President of the "Afro-American Insurance Company" purchased 200 acres along the Fernandina Beach shoreline and created a beach resort for use, as...More

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank jbla1951
Reviewed November 19, 2017

There was clesarly some hoistory at America Beach as some of the houses were wquite old and run down. There were some areas that were Ok but generally this is just another Atlantic Coast beach with decent strips of sand and not a lot more.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed September 3, 2017

We're new to the area and have been checking out all the beaches. We love the quieter atmosphere of American Beach, and we had a manatee swim not 40 yards in front of us so how can it NOT be our favorite?!? Great for dogs,...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Julie L
Reviewed August 20, 2017

Stopped by American Beach to see the big sand dune NANA. It was very neat. The town itself is a bit less well kept than other parts of the island. Residential section a little sad, but it is a historic area and it was nice...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank ellenkay
Reviewed August 19, 2017 via mobile

Took a stroll along the beach about 1000in the morning and came across a couple of juvenile loggerhead turtles eating in the dunes. Not crowded and very kid friendly area.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Cindy L
October 4, 2018|
Response from Excursion825210 |
Try Beach Access 40 thru 35.That is where I normally go for my long jaunts with my Labrador ! No cars are allowed, however, you might see some vacationers on horseback.
October 11, 2016|
Response from Rolandobones |
No, overnight parking is not allowed
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Milton, Delaware
Where to stay on Amelia Island (4 Replies)
Another couple and we are planning to rent a condo/house for our first visit to Amelia Island -- 5 days at the end of January - beginning of February -- this winter. We like to use the Vacation Rentals by Owner Website. This site offers homes on Amelia Island in four areas: Amelia City; American Beach; Amelia Island Plantation; and Fernandina Beach. We definitely want ocean views from our rental, and would prefer ocean front (a short walk over dunes, etc. would be fine.) We will have a car....More
October 16, 2008|
Response fromdlwinger|
Excellent answer by AIK as usual and I would just add a little more information about the different areas. The southern half of Amelia Island that incorporates your American Beach, AIP & Amelia City areas are "resort oriented". With the exception of American Beach area, the area is dominated by the Amelia Island Plantation & Summer Beach communities which have controlled access. American Beach is a historic area that served as the primary beach area for African-American's during the days of...More
American Beach (7 Replies)
Can anyone tell me anything about this beach? Availability for lodging, safety, clean beaches, etc? Thanks atallxmaui
July 27, 2010|
Response fromdelaneydp|
Hey Atallxmaui, were headed that way from Cincinnati in August. I've got no info for you, I hope it's a nice beach.
Amelia Island, Florida
Tripp Report Sept-Oct 2011 (1 Reply)
Our last few days on Amelia Island are winding down and the weather has improved markedly. The Nor’easter that blew in last week has move on and some sense of normalcy has returned. The temperatures are in the upper 70’s to low 80’s – just the perfect weather for days on the beach. We arrived in mid-September to five days of thunderstorms and showers – not unusual for Florida. As the skies cleared and the surf calmed down, the mullet run began. You could see thousands of mullet in the waves...More
October 13, 2011|
Response fromdlwinger|
TT, thanks for the report and glad to hear that you had a wonderful time. Y'all certainly experienced a wide range of weather conditions from heat wave to almost tropical storm weather. Come back soon!