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.wwwfloridastateparks.org
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.