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Fernandina Beach Florida was on my bucket list to show the hubs and my teenage daughter the beaches I frequented when I was her age. Back in the day, my friends Christel, Patty, Barbara and I loved to jump in the car for day trips to Amelia Island. Recently my fam and I took off for a lovely weekend trip where we discovered a secluded beach spot that I didn’t know about and fabulous restaurants that made the trip extra special and fun.
When your teen can’t hush about a vacation destination, you know it was a success!
Fernandina Beach favorites
I knew Fernandina Beach Florida was the northernmost city on Florida’s coast but didn’t realize that there are over 50 blocks of Victorian-inspired downtown stores, restaurants, and boutiques. Since I was only interested in the most popular beach hangout during my teenage years, I also had no idea that there’s a lesser-known, secluded beach that’s perfect for families.
Secluded Fernandina Beach
I remember visiting Fort Clinch State Park’s campground with my grandparents as a kid at Fernandina Beach, Florida. What I didn’t know is that there’s not only a campground in the forest and Civil War reenactments at the Fort, there’s also a wonderfully secluded beach just beyond the nature-lined boardwalk.
Fort Clinch State Park has a three-mile shoreline with lots of family-friendly recreational activities including swimming, fishing, sunbathing and wildlife viewing. Shelling and shark-tooth hunting are also popular activities near the jetty and along the St. Mary’s Inlet.
For directions, check out this Discovery Map of Amelia Island and find Fort Clinch State Park on the right side, just below Cumberland Island.
Favorite Fernandina Beach Restaurants
One of our favorite parts of any family vacation in a new location is eating our way through town to discover the best food. We ate at many good establishments on Amelia Island during our stay like 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza and Pepper’s Mexican Grill and Cantina. Our favorites though were Tasty’s and Townies. Like I’ve mentioned before, one way to enjoy cool vacation spots every single time is to eat like a local. We just love supporting the little guys and they typically have the tastiest and freshest food anyway![clickToTweet tweet=”One of the best parts of our family vacation is eating our way through new towns to discover the best food. #fernandinabeach #loveflorida #floridarestaurants #secludedbeach” quote=”One of the best parts of our family vacation is eating our way through new towns to discover the best food. ” theme=”style1″]
Tasty’s Fresh Burgers & Fries: Princess and I were won over because they lived up to their name. Homemade burgers with warm and crunchy buns? Freshly cut and fried french fries? Oh yeah, honey! Another thing that wins us over is yummy dipping sauce that’s made in-house and they had plenty to choose from. Of course, I ADORED the retro vibe.
Townies Pizzeria: This was Superman’s favorite place. The calzones served at this laidback pizza joint were fresh, huge and scrumptious. The hubs loved the atmosphere where we all felt like we were a part of the community while we were there.
There was so much that we saw and did, but that will be for another post. We were blessed to spend this weekend trip at a friend’s private condo this time. We’re definitely heading back for a longer visit to the Historic and Victorian seaport town of Fernandina Beach, Florida and I’ll share be sure to share the lodging choice that we choose and why.
Have you been to Fernandina Beach yet? Any beach or restaurant tips to add?
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