A part of the chain of Atlantic barrier islands near the Georgia border, Amelia Island is one of the oldest tourist destinations for the rich and famous in the country. But, this southern beauty has had a long and turbulent history. Timucua Indians discovered the area thousands of years ago, and six different nations fought over the area. Its biggest town, Fernandina Beach, is a treat to explore with its beautiful Victorian architecture, quaint shops, and fantastic restaurants.
The island has 13 miles of spectacular beaches, and most them are protected in one of the numerous parks and nature preserves. Explore the island marshes, beaches, and maritime forests in a kayak or on a bike. Take a boat tour to see the rich marine life such as American Right Whales. You can also hop on a paddleboard or surfboard or stroll through the charming Historic District.
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