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Unmasking the Hidden Treasures of Florida: Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach and Jacksonville's Charm

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Unmasking the Hidden Treasures of Florida: Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach and Jacksonville's Charm

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Join J Michael, Michele, and Nicky as they explore Fernandina and Amelia Island! With gorgeous beaches, enchanting town squares, and plenty of outdoor activities, this beautiful island has something for everyone and it is just a stones throw from Jacksonville.

Ready for a detour off the beaten path? We're embarking on a journey beyond Orlando's well-known attractions, setting our sights north towards the charming landscapes of Jacksonville. Our scenic route encompasses a unique ferry ride across the St. John's River, followed by a picturesque coastal drive leading us to the quaint Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach. Excited? We hope so! We're about to dive into the rich and diverse landscapes and communities of Florida, highlighting some of its most delightful yet lesser-known aspects. Whether you're considering an extended stay or planning to make Florida your forever home, this article will help you discover just one of the places that truly makes Florida, well, Florida. So, buckle up, it's time to uncover this hidden treasure!

The Ferry Ride: Your Gateway to Amelia Island

Get ready for an adventure before you even set foot on the island - a ferry ride across the mighty St. John's River. And this river is no ordinary one – this is one of the few rivers in the world that flows north! This ferry ride isn’t just a simple transit point from A to B. It offers a unique glimpse into the region's geography and growth. Not to mention, it sets the stage for the peaceful charm that awaits you on Amelia Island. So, don't think of the ferry crossing as a mere necessity. It's the first chapter in your Amelia Island adventure!

Fernandina Unveiled: Discovering Coastal Gems Near Jacksonville

Once you’ve made your way to Amelia Island, you’ll be set to uncover the coastal treasure that is Fernandina Beach. This lovely little town is just a 45 min trip from downtown Jacksonville, about an hour's drive from Del Webb Nocatee and just twenty minutes from Del Webb Wildlight. Fernandina is a delightful mix of a quaint downtown, an abundance of recreational activities, and a welcoming beach. Additionally, there are tons of events to check out on the island. From annual events like the Shrimp Festival and the 'Concours d'Elegance' car show, to historical landmarks like the reputedly oldest saloon in Florida - the Palace Saloon - there's plenty to keep you entertained.

Local Life: Feel Fernandina's Heartbeat

Step into the local life in Fernandina, and you'll find a lively community buzzing between the bustling downtown and serene beachfront. Strolling down Fernandina’s streets, it’s easy to envision how those living in Jacksonville 55+ communities, or nearby communities like Wildlight, can take advantage of the proximity. Savor delicious local cuisine, discover unique items in boutique shops, and immerse yourself in this charming coastal town. It’s the perfect, quick escape from city life.

A Historically Rich Haven

Fernandina is a true treasure for history buffs. The town is dotted with numerous taverns and breweries, each boasting their own stories, and some even dating back to the Revolutionary War. These establishments not only offer a peek into Fernandina’s storied past, but they also provide an excellent platform to engage in vibrant conversations with locals and fellow visitors. This lovely town is the perfect mix of education and entertainment that is hard to resist!

Discover More Beyond Jacksonville, Fernandina and Amelia Island

Amelia Island and Fernandina's charms extend beyond its borders. Only a couple of hours away, you'll find other historical coastal cities like Hilton Head and Savannah. If you're more of a nature enthusiast, the local beaches, Fort Clinch State Park, and Huguenot Park offer plenty of outdoor adventures like camping, fishing, biking, and hiking. And while it may not be as commercially vibrant as St. Augustine, Fernandina's relaxed vibe and stunning beaches make it an equally attractive destination in the Sunshine State.

Want to learn more about Jacksonville, FL? Check out the article we were featured in: What is Jacksonville, FL Known For? Get to Know Jax | Redfin!

Wrapping Up Our Adventure

As we close this chapter, remember that Fernandina, Jacksonville, and the surrounding areas offer a myriad of opportunities for unforgettable experiences, particularly for those in the 55+ age bracket. To fully explore this delightful slice of Florida, we highly recommend connecting with Michelle and the Explore55Plus team. We aim to be your perfect partner to help you discover Florida's charm and all that living in Florida has to offer.

Ready to embark on your adventure? Reach out to the Explore55Plus team today and let's make your golden years truly shine in the Sunshine State!

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