Florida’s Spirited Amelia Island

With fresh seafood and fanfare for all ages, the annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival celebrates the seaport’s acclaim as the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry. It also pays homage to the island’s nickname, derived from the various flags flown over its shores since the 16th century.

Visit the state’s oldest lighthouse (above), then view the wildlife by kayak along the Intracoastal Waterway or from a larger vessel captained by Amelia River Cruises. On guided excursions and sunset sails, learn about the ecosystems and maritime heritage of northeast Florida and neighboring Cumberland Island, Georgia. When you’re ready to put your feet in the sparkling quartz sand, public access points across the isle make leisurely beach strolls a breeze.

Read the full “Spirited Isle” feature in our May/June 2021 issue.

Photography by Stephanie Welbourne Steele and courtesy of Amelia Island CVB

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May June 2022 cover of Southern Lady