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Why Fernandina Beach is Worth Visiting This Year

From its historic downtown to the sandy beaches that give it its name, Fernandina Beach is filled with reasons to pay a visit year after year. There are many great activities for couples looking for small-town romance, families with mature children, or retirees looking for a relaxing getaway to pursue in historic Fernandina Beach, Florida.

New to the area and looking for inspiration when you go out on the town? Then, be sure to read our things to do page. Inside, you’ll find even more thoughtful insight into the best things to do, places to eat, and attractions to see while you’re in the area.

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4 Reasons to Visit Fernandina Beach Again and Again

There are a lot of Things to Do on the Fernandina Beaches

Amelia Island is home to over 13 miles of sandy shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean distributed across several state parks and public/private beachfront. Fernandina Beach’s Main beach has more than 20 public access points, plentiful parking, and is conveniently accessible from downtown making it the most likely beach you will visit.

Whether you visit Main Beach, Amelia Island State Park, or Fort Clinch State Park, you can do everything from hunting for shark teeth, picnicking, swimming, fishing, or surfing as weather permits.

Local Tip: A fun activity that is hard to find elsewhere on the East Coast is horseback riding on the beach. Several outfitters take riders for sunrise, sunset, or daytime horseback riding as guided tours.

The Amelia Island Restaurants are 2nd to None

Going out to eat is always an adventure in Fernandina Beach. The history of Amelia Island heavily features shrimp, but there is more than fresh seafood when you walk downtown! Here are a few of our favorite restaurants for a lovely evening across different cuisines.

Fernandina Beach is Brimming with History

The “island of eight flags” carries a rich history dating back to the mid-1500s. If you enjoy seeing history in person, there are a few places better in Florida to visit! From the Civil War era Fort Clinch State Park to Florida’s oldest continually in-service bar, The Palace Saloon, there are dozens of historical sites you can visit in tour groups, on museum trips, or by walking downtown!

Stay in a Historic Home in Downtown Fernandina Beach

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Make the most of your Fernandina beach vacation when you stay at the Amelia Island Williams House! Stay near all the best things to do and take advantage of our world-class amenities, such as complimentary beach cruiser bikes and luxury bedding.

King Ferdinand’s Royal Hideaway is a room perfect for your first foray to the Isle of Eight Flags! It features an antique Eastlake Victorian king-size bed, a mahogany dresser, original wood floors, a gas fireplace, and energy-efficient LED lighting. This room has two antique upholstered grandfather chairs perfect for relaxing with a good book, sipping your glass of wine, or enjoying your morning coffee.

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