After I wrote about the centuries-old history of Amelia Island, several of my South Florida friends asked for tips about visiting this unique part of Florida. Here are a few recommendations that a friend from Gozaic.com likes to do on Amelia Island, also known as Fernandina Island:
* Ride a cross-terrain Segway to the Timucuan Preserve’s coastal wilderness of dunes, salt marshes and islands.
* Hike or bike through the Sunken Forest Trail, an area of live mossy oaks and inner dune meadows. It leads to an overlook of the ocean and beach. A must for early risers looking to catch a stunning sunrise!
* Explore Fort George Island, which is usually a full day of fun
* Go on an eco-tour with Kayak Amelia
* Celebrate your special occasion dinner at 29 South or for casual dining and a local brew, go to Cafe Caribou
* Explore one of the two historic districts in Fernandina Beach, the Old Town Historic District and the Downtown Historic District.
* Head to Okane's Bar is the place for rowdy singalongs on the weekends and quick runs for weekday lunch if you're in the mood for heaty Irish fare like potato soup in a bread bowl
And don't forget to take a tour of the Bosque Bello Cemetary, said to be one of the most haunted places in Florida.