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Address: Amelia Island, FL
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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My favorite beach.

American Beach was the only beach African Americans could go to prior to integration. It is now a National Historic Site. The beach there is a long stretch of quiet, peaceful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2016
Seveen
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Jacksonville, Florida

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McDonough, Georgia
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Due to tropical depression in the Atlanta, there were not many people on the beach. You could drive your vehicle on the beach, which I never seen before. We drove around a little in the area. I will do research to learn more about American Beach. I did received a book from the hotel which has a little history about... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

American Beach was the only beach African Americans could go to prior to integration. It is now a National Historic Site. The beach there is a long stretch of quiet, peaceful beach. Few people and some fishermen. The water is clear and the beach is clean. We saw turtles and protected turtle nests. There are bathrooms, showers and a gazebo... More 

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Chatsworth, Georgia
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

wasn't crowded, loved watching people catch fish, can drive on beach , put up tents and close to town

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Tuscumbia, Alabama
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32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

If you like beaches lined with high rises and having to ply through a crowd to find a spot to spread your,towel, Americsn Beach is not for you. If you like spending time on a beautiful beach with little development and very few people, then Americsn Beach is where you need to be. It's an amazing treasure.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful beach for family and friends, not over commercialized, needs refurbishing and preserved from driving on the beach no lifeguard on duty

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Waldoboro, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016 via mobile

American Beach is wonderful. Be sure to visit the museum which has limited hours. You'll hear the story of this little community that has a rich history which should not be forgotten. The people who volunteer at the museum are knowledgeable and share more personal stories of the area.

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Clearwater, Florida
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

Lovely sandy beach backed by large dunes surrounded by old beach homes. Established by an Afro-American millionaire late 1800'3- early 1900's as a vacation spot for Afro-American's

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Decatur, GA
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

A small but well presented museum covers the background of this historic but relatively little known area. Drive down past the museum to see the beach area with some old and some newer structures. Be sure to stop by the sand dune with a name.

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Arden, North Carolina
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40 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Not only an interesting and beautiful beach, the village of Fernandina and access to all the history in this area of Northeast Florida make Amelia Island a must visit. While in distance it's close, in experience it's miles removed from the concrete sprawl of Jacksonville. In fact,

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

If you're looking for a nice beach that is never crowded, American Beach is the place. You can also visit the museum, but you can simply relax and enjoy the sun, surf, and sand. There's a good size parking area and restrooms. Boardwalks take you over the dunes and there's even a limited area where you can drive on the... More 

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