* Amelia Island is named after a real-life princess, Princess Amelia, daughter of King George II.
* Amelia Island used to be a haven for pirates, smugglers, and bootleggers of liquor, slaves, and stolen treasure as their galleons can easily access the island even at low tide due to it being situated along the coastline of Northeast Florida. The island was so full of pirates that at one point, most of the 300 or so vessels anchored in the harbor were pirate galleons.
* Amelia Island has been under the control of eight different countries, which are Mexico, France, Spain, the Confederate States of America, Patriots of Amelia Island, the Green Cross, the United States, and Great Britain.
* Fernandina Beach is the historic birthplace of the U.S. shrimping industry with more than 150 trawlers delivering the day’s catch, back in its peak, 40 years ago. This fact has led to one of the largest annual shrimp festivals in the country every year on Amelia Island, the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, which will be held in 2019, May 4 through May 6.
Amelia Island offers several events throughout the year! Make sure you check out the following: The Wellness Festival, the Shrimp Festival, and Sounds on Centre.
I had such a great time that I am returning in August! No matter when you visit Amelia Island, you will have a fabulous time! Check out some of my favorite restaurants that I experienced while visiting. Make sure to visit their website: http://www.ameliaisland.com/