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A charming seaside village on the sandy shore.

Travel + Leisure
February 21, 2012

Unspoiled, pirate-favored Amelia Island harkens back to the Sunshine State’s bygone days. Surrounded by moss-draped oak trees, the Victorian village on this 18-mile-long barrier isle—once a booming seaport—is now filled with charming restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts, and is close to 13 miles of beach.

Fernandina Beach

When you’re not lounging on the crystal sand here, stroll around the tiny town. Built in the 19th century, it’s full of ornate, lovingly restored Victorian manses; pick up a handy free driving map with highlights from the chamber of commerce.

The Marina

This 100-year-old family-owned restaurant dishes up hearty Southern grits-filled lunches.

Palace Saloon

Grab a drink at this atmospheric 1878 saloon, with its carved mahogany bar and tin ceiling, claims to be the oldest bar in Florida.

Fairbanks House

Bunk at one of the island’s best B&Bs, housed in one of Fernandina’s signature Victorians with central tower, 12-foot ceilings, mahogany staircase, and heart pine floors.

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