|Downtown (copyright on photo)|
When we visited Amelia Island and the tiny town of Fernandina, it was Christmas. You would think that time of year would be the worst for “seeing” the sights but actually it was the best, because even though there were tourists like us, we didn’t have to deal with overflowing beaches and shops. And Fernandina does have its share of shops, restaurants, horse drawn buggies and historical houses, while Amelia Island has beaches, parks, and historical landmarks, among which is Fort Clinch State Park. Definitely worth seeing.
|The new and the old...|
|Colorful town and shops|
|A working harbor|
Knowing a little of its history makes Amelia’s little slice of paradise all the more appealing. Since 1562 Amelia Island has had eight flags from, France, Spain, Great Britain, Spain (again), the Patriots of Amelia Island, the Green Cross of Florida, Mexico, the Confederate States of America, and the United States fly its skies . It is the only municipality in the United States that has flown eight different national flags. (Wikipedea) And, hundreds of years before Europeans came (in the 1500s), it was settled by the Timucua Indians, who survived right up until the early 1700s. By the early 1900s, they were literally wiped off the face of the earth.
|The Fishing Pier near the Fort|
|Our view from directly in front of Elizabeth-Point Lodge.|
|Birds and humans enjoying the weather|
|When you live on a boat, creativity is a must to keep young ones occupied. These kids had a ball swinging from the mast.|
Some trivia: Amelia Island was chosen as the mystical land for the 1988 film The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking. The site that stood in for Villa Villekulla, Pippi’s home, is now Posada San Carlos, a pink-painted bed and breakfast inn.
The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival occurs during the first weekend in May. Events and activities of the festival include vendors with seafood, arts, crafts, collectibles and antiques, live music, the Miss Shrimp Festival pageant, a fireworks display and a parade.
We stayed at Elizabth Pointe Lodge and would again. Lovely and right on the beach: http://www.ameliaisland.com/Accommodations/Hotels-Motels/Elizabeth-Pointe-Lodge
For car lovers check out this link to the "Concours D’Elegance," a trip through the land of Porche.
|Fort Clinch State Park|
A bit more about Fort Clinch State Park, which offers a wide variety of family-friendly recreational activities including swimming, fishing, sunbathing and wildlife viewing. Shelling and shark-tooth hunting are popular activities near the pier and along the St. Mary’s Inlet. Campsites and biking are also in the mix. On the first weekend of every month, the park holds a garrison of soldiers who demonstrate skills such as carpentry, masonry, cooking, blacksmithing, and small arms demonstrations and cannon firing as well as interpreting the use of many of the buildings such as the quartermaster, infirmary and jailhouse. For a complete listing of scheduled fort events, please visit the park events page.
For more information, check out: http://www.ameliaisland.com/
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