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“Plain Jane, but those prices sure ain't.”

Amelia Island Historic District
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Plain Jane, but those prices sure ain't.”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

Stayed at Summer Beach Resort just south of the Ritz. Condo was very nicely decorated and very, very clean which we appreciated. However, this did not hold true for the pool area. The place hasn't had a good scrubbing in ages. Gunk buildup around the inside pool edges and the globe lamps had a very unique dust/spider web mixture adhered to them - every one of them. The landscape was nicely kept but the place is so densely populated and the buildings so close together that you really don't notice the nice grass or manicured banks. The owner's fault but just another straw on the camel's back - half the TV's in our condo had no signal.

The beach - you need to know that there is no normal sand beach here. There are dunes and some sand at the feet of them, but the beach you sit on and that the water breaks on is 100% ground up seashells. Don't think of bringing water shoes, sandles or flip flops because then the shells will just get lodged between your feet and the bottoms of the shoes and it will hurt way more than just toughing it out and going barefoot. At low tide, you can get out far enough to find a sand bottom and give your feet a rest, but at high tide there is no such pleasure.

The "shops" - same ol' small little cubbies packed slap full of Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Bangladesh, etc made cheapo stuff marked up bizarre amounts. Don't miss the "Buy Local" signs in the windows. Try a cup of frozen yogurt for $7.00. No, you can't make this stuff up.

Restaurants - I kid you not - the best meal we had was at Krystal. The restaurants are Red Lobster meets Captain D's in quality but you won't get out of there for less than $20 per person and that is settling for the 'lower priced' items.

All this would have been acceptable had this trip, including all meals, etc not costed literally twice what nearly any other beach stay on the South East coast would have costed. This place is extremely mediocre, bordering sub-par in many aspects but the prices are very, very high. Yes, there's a Ritz Carlton on the island. Yes, there is a near-absence of folks that look like they rode in on the Ghetto-Supreme bus, but Amelia/Fernandina just is not "all that". Nope, not even a little bit.

I won't go into detail about the project housing located in the slap middle of the island. I've got to ask though, where else can you find a Ritz Carlton within 3 miles of the projects?

There you have it.

Visited July 2012
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English first
Brussels, Belgium
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“very cute little town”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

Pleasant little town with some nice shops, restaurants - most of them on the expensive side- and best of all, an old fashioned ice cream parlor where they sell delicious italian style ice cream and chocolate covered pretzels.

Visited July 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Romantic”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

Stayed at a B&B, rode the bikes that were provided by our B&B everywhere.

Visited August 2011
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North Fort Myers, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Trolley Tour”
Reviewed July 5, 2012

We enjoyed the Trolley Tour very much -
Michael our tour guide was excellent and so entertaining -
his stories and knowledge of the area history were great -
We highly recommend the tour -

Visited July 2012
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Fernandina Beach, FL
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Historic District”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

The Historic District is so charming. It's safe to walk around and the people are so friendly. Quiet, quaint and charming.

Visited July 2012
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