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Amelia Is­land’s 18th century mil­i­tary post, Fort Clinch, is a boon for his­tory buffs with pe­riod re- en­ac­tors on site to ex­plain its col­or­ful past. Na­ture en­thu­si­asts head to the pris­tine shore to en­joy the best nat­u­ral beach on the is­land. Six miles of hik­ing and bik­ing trails, pier fish­ing and camp­sites make this a true, must-see des­ti­na­tion. 2601 At­lantic Ave., Fer­nan­d­ina Beach, 904.277.7274.wwwflori­das­

Jack­sonville Beach of­fers ur­ban fun with sand and sun, while Amelia Is­land nearly steals the show with its vast coast­line beaches sur­rounded by high dunes and rus­tic beauty. St. Au­gus­tine’s beach cul­ture holds on to its swash­buck­ling past in homage to the pi­rates who roamed there in the 17th and 18th cen­turies.

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