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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 20 September 2018 via mobile

You should not go to American Beach without visiting the Black History museum on Julia Street. It's filled with historical information regarding the beach and the African American experience on Amelia island. The hours are limited but it is a must see.

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Reviewed 18 June 2018

We live in Fernandina Beach so we have visited all of the different beaches on the island. American Beach is the one that we like the least. The sand is fine and the beach is flat, everything that one looks for in a beach. The...More

4  Thank Putter A
Reviewed 13 May 2018

Except for a marker here and there this area has little about its history - which is interesting. I think the community should pull together and celebrate the history of American Beach and exploit it a bit for some tourism

2  Thank BubbleMarker
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Too cold to go onto the beach so we just drove around the immediate area and read the historical sign posted.

2  Thank William W
Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

In the south, during the 1930's, the African American families could not visit the "white only" beach resorts. Fortunately, Mr. Abraham Lincoln Lewis, President of the "Afro-American Insurance Company" purchased 200 acres along the Fernandina Beach shoreline and created a beach resort for use, as...More

4  Thank jbla1951
Reviewed 20 November 2017

There was clesarly some hoistory at America Beach as some of the houses were wquite old and run down. There were some areas that were Ok but generally this is just another Atlantic Coast beach with decent strips of sand and not a lot more.

Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 4 September 2017

We're new to the area and have been checking out all the beaches. We love the quieter atmosphere of American Beach, and we had a manatee swim not 40 yards in front of us so how can it NOT be our favorite?!? Great for dogs,...More

2  Thank Julie L
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Stopped by American Beach to see the big sand dune NANA. It was very neat. The town itself is a bit less well kept than other parts of the island. Residential section a little sad, but it is a historic area and it was nice...More

1  Thank ellenkay
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Took a stroll along the beach about 1000in the morning and came across a couple of juvenile loggerhead turtles eating in the dunes. Not crowded and very kid friendly area.

1  Thank Chris K
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Made a brief stop on our way to Central Florida to visit the historic American Beach, FL. Although Amelia Island/American Beach were nearly 12 miles outside of our route, it was worth the trip. The beach itself may possibly be only a few miles long,...More

5  Thank JoAnnR411
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Cindy L
5 October 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.
12 October 2016|
Response from Rolandobones |
No, overnight parking is not allowed