Getaway to the Beach
Spend a weekend in the surf and sand on one of the South's most beautiful islands.
Sunday--Still Plenty To Do
For your final day, scrounge time for more shopping in downtown Fernandina Beach. Don't miss Fernandina's Fantastic Fudge shop, and make sure you peruse the shelves at nearby Book Loft. Perhaps the best store we found, ZZ Toys (pictured) amazes with a spectacular collection of kites, tin toys, cool games, and beach accessories. If you missed breakfast, catch brunch at one of Fernandina's newer restaurants, Café Karibo. Then spend the rest of your afternoon at Fort Clinch State Park, where you can collect shells, hike, watch for wildlife, and swim.
Wind down with supper at Joe's 2nd Street Bistro. Joe's has a relaxed island feel, and the entrées start at $17. Dining may prove wiser than taking one last stroll on the beach. If you gaze at Amelia Island's perfect shores one more time, you may never want to go home.
For more information: Contact Amelia Island Tourist Development Council, 102 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035; (904) 261-3248, 1-800-226-3542, or www.ameliaisland.org.
This article is from the August 2002 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.