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American Beach

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Address: Amelia Island, FL
Phone Number:
+1 904-510-7036
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

One of nine sites along the African-American Heritage Trail, this area...

One of nine sites along the African-American Heritage Trail, this area founded in 1935 was Florida's first African-American beach.

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Quaint, Quiet....... very relaxing

This is the place to go if you want to escape the busier beaches on the island......you can actually read a book or take a snooze without having to hear someone being towed out... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Stephanie K
Yulee, Florida
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Central Florida, Florida
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103 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favorite place! Beautiful beach, town and people! Everyone is friendly and our dog loved the beach but not as much as I do!

Thank Lagar_7
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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271 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to go shelling and collect sand dollars. It did not seems like a swimming beach. Nice parking and facilities.

Thank delen1
Yulee, Florida
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the place to go if you want to escape the busier beaches on the island......you can actually read a book or take a snooze without having to hear someone being towed out for getting stuck (you really do need a 4 wheel drive on our beaches!!) You can swim, fish, collect shells, surf, people watch, and enjoy taking... More 

Thank Stephanie K
Huntsville, Alabama
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101 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

My cousin had her wedding here, (free) I would recommend parking close by the board walk, there are several down the stretch.... Sand Dune 106 is a great spot... Right off of Julia Street, just behind the American Beach Community Center...

Thank Kendra B
Mandeville, Jamaica
2 reviews
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

The information boards were interesting however the location needs some attention. There was no life or energy to the location

Thank Nadine S
McDonough, Georgia
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Due to tropical depression in the Atlanta, there were not many people on the beach. You could drive your vehicle on the beach, which I never seen before. We drove around a little in the area. I will do research to learn more about American Beach. I did received a book from the hotel which has a little history about... More 

Thank jewels229
Jacksonville, Florida
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016

American Beach was the only beach African Americans could go to prior to integration. It is now a National Historic Site. The beach there is a long stretch of quiet, peaceful beach. Few people and some fishermen. The water is clear and the beach is clean. We saw turtles and protected turtle nests. There are bathrooms, showers and a gazebo... More 

2 Thank Seveen
Chatsworth, Georgia
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

wasn't crowded, loved watching people catch fish, can drive on beach , put up tents and close to town

2 Thank Cyberwebb
Tuscumbia, Alabama
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33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

If you like beaches lined with high rises and having to ply through a crowd to find a spot to spread your,towel, Americsn Beach is not for you. If you like spending time on a beautiful beach with little development and very few people, then Americsn Beach is where you need to be. It's an amazing treasure.

2 Thank Dennis S
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

Beautiful beach for family and friends, not over commercialized, needs refurbishing and preserved from driving on the beach no lifeguard on duty

1 Thank Roderick J

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