A tropical paradise on Florida’s Atlantic coast, Fernandina Beach is an instagrammer’s dream, full of lush greenery and sparkling ocean backdrops. Part of warm, sunny Amelia Island in Nassau County, Fernandina Beach is known as “Isle of 8 Flags”, as it is the only United States municipality that has had eight different national flags fly over it. Grassy paths weave through scenic southern countryside rich in natural wildlife and vegetation, perfect for an instagram-worthy hike, and local wildlife are easy to see and photograph from a distance. Sparkling beaches, stunning historic parks, the glistening white Amelia Island Lighthouse, and more instagrammable opportunities abound in Fernandina Beach.
Fort Clinch State Park
Pristine greenery are interwoven with historic relics at Fort Clinch State Park, a 1,400-acre paradise with countless scenic spots perfect for any instagrammer. The park is famous for a row of Civil War-era cannons that point boldly across the St. Mary’s River. Visitors can snap a shot of the sun shining on the silvery 150-year-old cannons, or explore any number of the expansive fort’s other rooms, galleries, and grounds. A soldier garrison fires cannons and demonstrates battlefield skills on the first weekend of every month, for those looking for an action shot. Beyond the fort, there is so much natural beauty, from maritime hammocks with breathtaking arching live oaks, a striking background for any picture, to a plethora of hiking and biking trails with gorgeous views, with gopher tortoises often popping a head out for a photoshoot.
Amelia Island Lighthouse
Perched on a 60-foot-high bluff towering over the crystalline waters of Egan’s Creek and the surrounding marshlands, instagram-worthy Amelia Island Lighthouse is Florida’s oldest lighthouse. Considered one of the most historic landmarks in all of Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island Lighthouse was built between 1838 and 1839, and is snugly located within a residential neighborhood. Though lighthouse tours are only available on the first and third Wednesday each month at 10am, the property is accessible on Saturdays for a few hours, in which visitors can explore the lighthouse grounds and take their fill of pictures. On tours, visitors can also step inside the bottom of the lighthouse to catch pictures and videos of the winding staircase to the top of the tower.
Egan’s Creek Greenway Trail
Popular, picture-perfect Egan’s Creek is a protected expanse of over 300 acres of natural beauty running north to south along the babbling Ron Sapp Egan’s Creek. The greenway opened for public exploration in the summer of 2000 as a purposefully undeveloped park for passive recreation. A wonderland of half-wild sun-dappled natural beauty, the gross-covered roads double as a curving network of trails perfect for walking, cycling, and snapping that perfect instagram shot. Local wildlife, including alligators, snakes, a wide variety of birds, and marsh rabbits weave through the terrain, great models for pictures and videos from a safe distance. Benches and a nature pavilion, as well as artfully placed benches and interpretive displays, provide further fodder for creative and captivating instagramming.
Main Beach Park
Main Beach Park is Amelia Island’s most well-known beachfront park, extending for miles into the distance so instagrammers can escape crowded areas for that perfect solo beach shot. With stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean from a soft, sandy shore, Main Beach Park also has two sand volleyball courts perfect for getting that instagram-perfect action shot. Nearby restaurants, on-site restrooms and free parking make it an ideal location for a full day shoot. Main Beach Park has a plethora of instagram-worthy spots, including a playground, multiple picnic tables, a multipurpose court, skate park, a wooden boardwalk, and a large grassy area perfect for lying down for a soft Florida greenery shot.
Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach
Retail therapy could not be more instagrammable than the historic streets of downtown Fernandina Beach, which transport any visitor back in time with perfectly preserved Victorian-era architecture, aromatic treats from picturesque bakeries and candy shops, and more. Everything from fresh seafood to Southern delicacies and French patisserie-worthy desserts are on the menu for foodie instagrammers. Uninhibited views of the sun-dappled marsh make for ideal nature shots, framed in a cozy small town frozen in time with sidewalk cafes that cast twinkling lights into evening nights and an eclectic assortment of shoppes offering fashion, antiques, handmade crafts and local art more than worthy of an instagram story.
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