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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 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...More

Date of experience: August 2016
3  Thank Seveen
Reviewed July 4, 2016

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

Date of experience: July 2016
2  Thank Cyberwebb
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...More

Date of experience: June 2016
5  Thank dennissherer
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

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank Roderick J
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...More

Date of experience: March 2016
5  Thank midcoastfoodlover
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

Date of experience: January 2016
2  Thank Rosanne B
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.

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank Stevedec
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....More

Date of experience: September 2015
2  Thank PGinNC
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...More

Date of experience: September 2015
4  Thank Magnificent74
Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

We have been coming to Amelia Islamd for 30 years and always check in at American Beach and that beautiful Sand Dune! Always hoping the area will evolve.

Date of experience: July 2015
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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