Fernandina Beach Travel Guide
Home in historic district
Home in historic district
St. George St-the main avenue
Fort walls with braces
View of the fort walls and cannon
Fernandina is quiet, unspoiled, and restful
Somewhat yuppie place and can be expensive
In a nutshell
A small city with beautiful beaches, very relaxing !
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.
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
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,...
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...
Elizabeth Pointe Lodge
1 Review and 210 Opinions I'm a local in Fernandina Beach and recently went on an annual Holiday Cookie Tour of the local inns...
O'Kane's: 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
Palace Saloon: 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,...
Indigo Alley: 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!!!
palace saloon: 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.
The Atlantic undertow....it can be deadly
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...
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...
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...
This is a fort from 1564 and recreated-of course. The history is a real story to read about in the attached. Jean Ribault was an explorer, and upon a return trip from England in 1565, he had a battle with the Spanish with a fleet of ships. Spanish in turn came back to this...
This is mostly used for events and wedding, even though it is a Florida visitor center for the Timucuan Preserve overall, and the museum is housed here. A short 3/4 hour spent would provide all you want to see, but hiking around the area is also a feature, and the waterfront...
This is a very large area that is interspersed with marshes and water inlets. It has some nice sites in the preserve that is sectioned off into Ribault Clubhouse/Visitor Center & museum, Kinsley Plantation, Theodore Roosevelt Preserve and Fort Caroline. Driving in between...
This place is about 25 miles south of Jacksonville, or maybe 45 miles from Fernandina using Hwy A1A. It is a wonderful town, which is the first founded in the US, and the oldest. Spaniards made this are defense position and built a fort at the point. Trade with Indians and...
This is a well preserved nature island that is a sanctuary for birds and wildlife. A boat is the only way to get there, and NPS has trips to the island twices daily; in the morning and around midday. The island has a lot of trails and nature walks, in addition to beaches,...
This is a historical and small town that is 2 miles by way of water from Fernandina Beach, but 25 miles around taking the highways. It has a home tour of Orange Hall, and a number of historic homes and downtown structures dating back to late 1800's and early 1900's. In...
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...
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...
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...
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