Amelia Island, the southernmost island of the Sea Islands off the upper northeast coast of Florida, boasts 13 miles of stunning beaches that offer tourists swimming, fishing, surfing, kite flying, and much more. The island’s beaches are excellent locations for finding unique shells and even sharks teeth and are a great activity for families who visit the island. SO where are the best beaches on Amelia Island? Take a look below for our list of the best beaches to visit during your vacation!
Fernandina Beach – Main Beach Park, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Bordering the island’s historic downtown area is Fernandina Beach where tourists and locals can visit the marine welcome center for information or wander into downtown to take in the island’s whimsical bookstores, chic boutiques, and excellent restaurants. Main Beach, great for picnicking, features a playground for children and a lifeguard station and is an ideal choice for families with kids with plentiful parking spaces available. Peter’s Point is another good option, especially if Main Beach starts to get too crowded; Peter’s Point Beachfront Park also has great public facilities, picnic tables and showers as well as free parking. The beach is located off Highway A1A, also named Fletcher Avenue.
Little Talbot State Park – 12157 Heckscher Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32226
If you’re looking for those pristine white beaches you’ve always read about, then make the short drive to Little Talbot State Park, which offers over five miles of white sandy beaches, gorgeous dunes, and even beautiful coastal forests. The park also offers salt marshes on its western coast, which allows tourists to relax, take a walk, and observe all of the diverse wildlife that calls the park home. You might catch a glimpse of bobcats, marsh rabbits, river otters, and many different species of native birds. Little Talbot State Park is located on Little Talbot Island, which is accessible by driving south on State Road A1A.
Fort Clinch State Park – 2601 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
This beautiful destination on the north of Amelia Island features more than 1,400 acres of great activities and landmarks, including historic fort tours, hiking and biking trails, a picnic area with playground equipment, a half-mile long fishing pier, and a campground. Open daily from 8 am until sunset, the park also features gorgeous beachfronts, but families visiting should be aware that the beaches do not have lifeguard towers, and dogs aren’t allowed on the beach. Despite this, Fort Clinch is a great place for families to visit and take their children to visit the historic fort, go camping and picnicking, or stroll along the fishing pier. It’s located near the South Fletcher Avenue intersection, at 2601 Atlantic Avenue.
Burney Park – 1556 Gregg Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034“
Situated on the island’s southern end, Burney Park is nestled between Summer Beach and Omni Amelia Island Plantation. The beach and park features picnic tables, outdoor showers, restrooms, and lifeguard towers. Burney Park is notable for being home to “Nana”, a dune system which has the Florida’s tallest dune and is a big draw for tourists to visit. The park is actually located in historic American Beach, which is a 200-acre area that was once a vacation destination for wealthy African Americans and is now the first stop on the Florida Black Heritage Trail. Burney Park is a great spot for tourists of Amelia Island to get a firsthand look at some of the island’s rich history.