Fernandina Beach Travel Guide

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    Home in historic district
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    Fort walls with braces
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    St. George St-the main avenue
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Fernandina Beach Highlights

  • Pro
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     Fernandina is quiet, unspoiled, and restful 

  • Con
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     Somewhat yuppie place and can be expensive 

  • In a nutshell
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     A small city with beautiful beaches, very relaxing ! 

Fernandina Beach Things to Do

  • Jacksonville

    This city is only about 25 miles from the south tip of Amelia Island by taking Hwy A1A and the ferry over at Mayport across St. John's River. A lot of residents go there for shopping and cultural and weekend events, and to see the big city.

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  • Maps of the area

    I always like to search out maps to know where I am going and what to see and where when you read to comments. I hope you enjoy them and find helpful. All down Fletcher that follows along the coast are beach homes and motels/hotels, for about 8 miles

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  • Amelia Island Plantation

    I used to come here every 2 months over 2+ years to sell the foreclosed property when I worked for a bank. Now they will not even let me in to see the old layout. Times change after 30 years. It is still a prestige resort, like so many others at the south end of the island, and it has hundreds of exclusive high end rentals, and some homes built by...

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  • Beaches are clean and pristine

    The long stretch of beaches runs about 7-8 miles down the Atlantic side of the island. Tourists come here to enjoy the beaches and motels and summer rentals are prolific along Fletcher Ave.

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  • Ft. Clinch

    In the state park is one of the most preserved forts from the mid 1800 period. The reason is that after it was built, no one ever attacked the fort. It has five bastions to cover the cross fire of any potential attackers. The fort defenses of some sort had existed since early 1700's. In 1847, it was fortified more, and the cannon were to be...

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  • Old Homes to See from the street

    Driving tour and/or walking tour of historic homes is the main attraction in the old downtown area. The historic district is a very large 2500 acres. It may a bit too much for history to take it all in. The core downtown area has old buildings mostly from late 1800's and early 1900's, because due to fires in 1873, and 1885. The rebuilding of the...

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  • The Chandlery

    In bygone days the Fernandina Beach area was home to pirates and was the seat of lawlessness upon the high seas. However, it turned into a commercial hub after the Civil War and became the center of commercial shrimp operations. A chandler is someone who provides supplies and provisions for ships and I would guess that the Chandlery Building must...

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  • fort clinch

    in 1842 the U.S. government bought a tract of land on amelia island at the florida-georgia border. in 1847 construction began on a fort to protect shipping on the st. mary's river and the port of fernandina. fort clinch was named after general duncan lamont clinch who was an officer who fought in the second seminole war. in 1861 fort clinch was not...

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  • historic homes

    pictured is the "tabby" house. the tabby house was designed by new york architech r.s. schuyler and built in 1885 for c.w. lewis. tabby is a type of concrete made with sand and oyster shells. tabby was a popular building material in the coastal south in the 1700 and 1800's. this home has a very interesting victorian porch.

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Fernandina Beach Restaurants

  • Irish Pub & Eats

    Overall the food was good and the service fine. The Philly Steak sandwich is $8 and a Caesar Wrap$9. The beers for those Irish stouts are pricey at $4-5, but they also have drafts for a bit less. The Philly Steak was good tasting and Wedge fries good compliment

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  • Famous Old Saloon

    It basically is not what it used to be. Besides being a packed hangout for locals and tourists alike to drink and mingle, they had an adjacent steakhouse next door and it had good traditional American food the tasted good and was reasonable. That was 30 years ago for me, though. What changed? Well, now there is a fast food nook at the rear of the...

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  • Fernandina's First Landmark for Seafood

    The name of this restaurant is confusing. They are on main street on the other side of the railroad tracks from the marina, but they have no connection with the marina and Brett's is closer. We didn't go here until our third visit, thinking it was too fancy for us. It is definitely a tourist restaurant.Not only were they closed on Thanksgiving, but...

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  • Apparently it really IS horrible!

    We wanted to go eat at Bonito Grill & Sushi, but when it turns out they don't do Sunday lunch, we ended up sitting down at the next open place up the road, which happened to be... Jack & Diane's - a small quaint looking place with indoor and outdoor seating, that seemed reasonably well frequented by a few guests. The first thing I noticed was the...

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  • on the water

    brett's waterway cafe is located between front street and the intercoastal waterway in downtown fernandina. brett's offers an excellent seafood selection. a nice place to have lunch or watch the sunset over the intercoastal in the afternoons. a nice casual restaurant in the historic district. grouper sandwich

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  • american

    the beech street grill is located in the historic bell house built in 1889. the beech street grill is in my opinion the best restaurant in fernandia. they offer steaks and seafood in a very nice victorian setting. they also have an impressive wine list. a good spot for fine dining in fernandina.

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Fernandina Beach Nightlife

  • Eclectic & Comfortable Wine Bar

    Nothing like hanging at a local lounge with a glass of wine in hand and live music in the air. This place is the spot for just that! They have jazz musicians, acoustic acts and wine by the bottle for only $18!!!

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  • irish pub

    o' kanes is a replica irish pub on center street in the fernandia historic district. fun place to eat and drink. good beer selection. casual

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  • eating & drinking

    the palace saloon is located on center street in the heart of fernandia's historic district. the palace saloon is the oldest saloon in florida and offers nightly live entertainment. a fun place to eat and drink in fernandina beach. casual

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Fernandina Beach Shopping

  • Fossil shopping

    This place caught my eye as I walked by. I love those fossil shops, but this one is extra....fossily? Fossils, rocks and other really unique things depends on what you buy

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  • Pirates

    Nautical gifts, sharks teeth, woodcarvings, tide clocks, ship models and lighthouses. There is a sign in the window advertising a Sale of assorted flags. They also have a a life-sized statue of "Copper" Jack Aury.This place is in with Corner-Copia which sells Tshirts, fireworks, toys and souveniers, and with Sea Jade which I have listed...

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  • Fresh Shrimp

    I don't know the name of this place, but I've looked it up in the on-line yellow pages, and the map it gives doesn't seem to be right, but Brett's Waterway Cafe isn't on the right place on that map either, so I'm taking a chance on it.The Fernandina Seafood Market (which the sign in the photo is pointing to) is north of the marina, and this place...

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Fernandina Beach Local Customs

  • Where were the dogs?

    Saw a bunch of cats in Fernandina Beach, but now that I think back on it--I don't recall seeing more than one dog (a dog that tried to jump his fence and get at us). I'm a dog guy and cats make me sneeze. But I don't mind seeing a cat catch a cat nap on his front step. I was good and did not attempt to chase the cat.

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  • The double porch

    Almost every Victorian in Fernandina Beach has a double porch. It is a distinct style that you don't see on the Victorian houses in my part of the world. These double porches seem very Floridian to me. I imagine that in the 1800s it was a relief to spend time on the porch after toiling inside with no air-conditioning.

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  • Gather at the docks at sunset

    The pelicans gather along the boatyards at sunset awaiting any lagging fishing boats. Always on the lookout for a free handout of bait not used that day. If the handouts are scarce, the sunset from the port overlooking the marshes is still beautiful. Though, I believe the pelicans are probably more interested in fish than sunsets.

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Fernandina Beach Warnings and Dangers

  • The Atlantic undertow....it can be...

    The Atlantic Ocean seems to have a much more fierce undertow and stronger riptides than does the Gulf of Mexico or the Pacific, or at least it seems.Be advised that one should remain reasonably close to shore. Even the strongest swimmers can be overcome by the fury of the Atlantic overtow in short order. I've never spent a day in Daytona Beach...

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  • No Place to Eat on a Holiday

    When we were here at Thanksgiving 2001, we found that there were no restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day. This one was closed not only on Thanksgiving, but also on the Friday afterwards.We had the choice of taking a taxi out to Bob's Big Boy out on the highway, making a reservation at a very expensive place in town (and it was reportedly full) or...

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Fernandina Beach Off The Beaten Path

  • Fernandina Lighthouse

    This is located over by Fort Clinch, and can be seen from there. Tours are not available, but you can drive up to it for views. Located at 2500 Atlantic Ave, just to the southeast of town 2 miles.

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  • Timucuan-Kinsley Plantation

    This is an old well preserved home and surrounding buildings, as though it would look like in the old days of planting and working the land. The plantation had been operating since 1761, when John McQueen harvested indigo for blue dye. The house was built in 1798, and Kingsley married a slave women and they then came to own the island in 1814....

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  • Timucuan-Roosevelt Park

    There is some hiking trails along this park and some lead up to Fort Caroline, further north. The trail to it would be about 6 miles round trip. I took a 3 mile round trip hike to the marsh area. It was nice and serene along the way, but did not see much wildlife; just a few birds.The park entry is free and operated by NPS & state of Florida. Take...

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Fernandina Beach Sports & Outdoors

  • MM 716.5 Fernandina Harbor Marina

    When we first came down in Dec 2000, I wrote: "This is a municipal marina. Their rates vary by the season. In season (Oct to Dec 15th) it is $1.00/foot. I think in the summer it is 95 cents a foot and in the winter it is 90 cents a foot. They have a seasonal rate of $5/foot for a week. Dockage is cheaper for local residents, and they do have a...

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  • MM 716.6 Anchorage

    The anchorage opposite the Fernandina Harbor Marina is quite popular, but it is uncomfortable in a NW wind.Dinghy dockage is $2 + tax/day. Showers are $1.50/person. Garbage is 50 cents a bag.Weekly rate is $10 + tax without showers, and $20 +tax with showers (up to 3 people) and trash disposal. This is as of Jan 1, 2002. Monthly is $35 without...

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  • Visitor Center

    It is located in the old railroad deport that is from 1855 which was built by David Yulee to stimulate statehood goal.

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  • Churches on the Walking Tour

    St. Peter's Episcopal Church stands on the northeast corner at Atlantic & Centre Streets. I've taken a lot of pictures of this church (photos 1 and 2) - it catches the eye. It is the work of R.S. Schuyler - built in 1884, rebuilt in 1893 and worth a look at the inside.The St. Peter's cemetery at 801 Atlantic Ave. is the meeting place for the Amelia...

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  • Bathrooms and Historic Buildings

    There are free bathrooms for tourists behind the visitor's center. There are several old buildings on Centre Street which is where the museum's narrated history walks take place. One of the buildings included in the walk is the Visitor's Center which is the old Railway Depot down at the harbor end of the street (last photo). There are public...

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