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“Vacant and eerie.”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of American Beach

American Beach
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of nine sites along the African-American Heritage Trail, this area founded in 1935 was Florida's first African-American beach.
St. Augustine, Florida
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Vacant and eerie.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2013

My family and I took a drive down the coast from Amelia Island yesterday and wanted to see this very historical sight - we were very creeped out by how abandoned this neighborhood is. There was no one outside, no noise, a truck drove by and gave us a very suspicious look for even being there. Just odd all around. The markers are very clear and the story they tell is wonderful but I would not go there again.

Visited March 2013
7 Thank Nicole V
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English first
Jacksonville, Florida
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51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“The "American Beach Lady" lives on”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2013

Myvnee Betsch was the lady who ensured this historical place was kept and built for generations to come. She and her family along with many from Jacksonville and all over the world know the place in Black history American Beach holds. Read every word on the markers, in the museum, and walk on the beach to see Nana, she saves this high sand dune from development - that is her legacy as are the butterflies she funded to ensure their flight.

Visited April 2012
4 Thank joanelle m
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Manning, South Carolina
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33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Sad and Abandoned”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2012

We went to Amelia Island this weekend for a family event. Was interested in the history of America Beach. As with some of the other reviews given, the beach is beautiful(as are all the beaches at Amelia Island) What I found sad and can't believe no one else wrote about is the deplorable condition of the neighborhood. It has many, many abandoned homes and buildings.
The neighborhood has been allowed to deteriorate and to know that the first Black insurance owner in the 1800's built this neighborhood for blacks is so sad. If he were alive today, he could not be proud of the condition of the America Beach neighborhood.
I hope one day, this neighborhood will shine again, especially considering the historical significance of it.

Visited December 2012
11 Thank LorrieKinard
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Jacksonville, Florida
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50 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice and quiet beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2012

A little abandoned but you cannot beat the rush of the ocean. Very nice; just off the coast of Amelia Island

Visited November 2012
2 Thank Cocolizza1
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charlotte, nc
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339 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Wide shores, clean beach, no crowds.........”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2012

We stopped through American Beach traveling up A1A on our way home from Jacksonville because of its historical significance. It was low tide, so there were wide shores and the beach was clean, with very few people.

You can go into nearby Fernandina and get a permit to drive on the beach. The Dunes, NaNa, is about a block away form the shore, which is an ecological marvel in and itself.

If you like history, insure you research the rich and storied cultural history of American Beach and Fernandina.

Visited September 2012
3 Thank carolinasunshine13
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