Amelia Island Time, Baby!
Sometimes it might appear to our readers that our travels are based on being near a beach. While we both definitely enjoy a sunny day sitting on a beach with a book and each other, it is not the driving force behind where we park our home. One thing we’ve learned is that when you decide to spend your winter in Florida you’re never too far from a beach, which is kinda nice!
We’ve enjoyed exploring Jacksonville and St. Augustine over the past couple of days so we decided it was time to head for a beach neither of us had ever been to and spend some time listening to the waves. Based on where our home was currently parked, we decided that would be Amelia Island. Amelia Island is the southernmost of the Sea Islands, a chain of barrier islands stretching along the east coast of the United States from South Carolina to Florida. It is 13 miles long and approximately 4 miles wide at its widest point. The communities of Fernandina Beach and Amelia City are both located on the island. Once we crossed the bridge onto the island we decided to drive along the coast until we found the perfect combination of a parking spot and beach access. That combination happened to occur at the Main Beach Park in the community of Fernandina Beach. We parked, grabbed the lounge chairs, towels and books and headed over the dune. The beach here was wide but had a nice mat-like surface to walk more than half-way to the water. There were quite a few people on the beach but we easily found a spot to spend the afternoon.
We both commented on how the beaches on the Atlantic side of Florida changed as we moved up the coast. The water here was fairly calm with small rolling waves. We did venture down to put our toes in the water and got a bit of a shock when the first wave touched our feet. It was "Jersey-in-May" cold! Needless to say we didn’t spend time going any further into the surf. Reading, people watching and listening to the Atlantic was a perfect way to spend an afternoon as our time winds down in the Jacksonville area.