Fernandina Beach Sunrise
Fernandina Beach is located on Amelia Island, which is known as the Isle of Eight Flags. The island has flown under eight different flags, including the French, Spanish, British, and United States flags, as well as the Patriot, Green Cross, Mexican Rebel and Confederate flags. The first European visitors from France arrived in 1562. The original site of the town of Fernandina, named after King Ferdinand VII of Spain, Old Town has the unique distinction of being the last Spanish city platted in the Western Hemisphere. Retaining the 1811 plat, as well as the historic homes in the area, is of special importance. Old Town has a swashbuckling history, home to pirates, sea captains, and rebels due to its location as a Spanish territory across the river from the United States, which provided easy smuggling opportunities.
When David Yulee, one of Florida's first United States Senators and the first Jewish Senator, established the first cross-state railroad running from Fernandina to Cedar Key in the 1850's, the town shifted from Old Town Fernandina to its present location. Buildings in the Downtown district reflect this late 19th and early 20th century development. Fernandina began to grow during the post-Civil War era, as soldiers and their families returned to build homes and businesses.
Fernandina blossomed as a tourist destination in the late 19th century and a commercial shrimping and fishing community in the early 20th century, but as major tourism and industry boomed elsewhere, the town settled into a quiet period. This downtime served to protect many of the unique historic structures that characterize the community. It was not until the later 20th century that the town experienced renewed interest, due in part to major resort development south of town.
Current events and festivals in the community include annual events such as the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, the Concours D'Elegance Car Show, the Amelia Island Blues Festival, the Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff, and the Wild Amelia Nature Festival. Cultural amenities include the Amelia Island Museum of History, the Fernandina Little Theatre, and the Amelia Community Theatre. Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island is home to golf courses, a marina, and a municipal airport. Recreational and nature activities include Fort Clinch State Park, Amelia Island State Park, the beach, riverfront, 300 acre Greenway with hiking and bicycling opportunities, and a new expanded bicycle trail system.
Fernandina Beach Information
Fernandina Beach, located on Amelia Island, has much to offer in addition to the paddling experience. The following links will show you the many opportunities available on Amelia Island.
Amelia Island Dining
Amelia Island Accommodations
Fort Clinch State Park
A part of the park system since 1935, Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought here, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars.
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News and Special Reports
The new Egan's Creek Blueway Trail Map is now available. This project is part of the Coastal Partnership Grant received by the City of Fernandina Beach. Egan Creek Blueway