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The original occupants of Fernandina and Amelia Island were members of the Timucuan tribe of Native Americans. The French became the first European settlers to the area in 1562. Just three years later, the Spanish sent the French on their way. British troops raided the area and took over in 1685. Even so, Florida technically remained under Spanish ownership. By 1763, the British officially gained ownership of Florida when Spain ceded it to them. Old Town Fernandina received the name we recognize today in 1811 in honor of King Ferdinand of Spain. 


According to, 13,028 people call Fernandina Beach home, ranking as #1 in the best places to live in Nassau County. The area offers its residents a sparse suburban feel. Over eighty percent of residents own their homes while 18% rent. The median home value of a Fernandina Beach home is $426,100, Which is more than the national average of $281,900. Their good weather, great public school system, abundance of outdoor activities, and family-friendly lifestyle give them an overall rating of A- from

Things to Do

Locals highly recommend that anyone coming to Fernandina Beach for the first time take a walking or driving tour of this historic city. Stop in at the train depot on Centre Street to pick up a brochure. This brochure helps you navigate your way around all the sites of note in the city’s Historic District. Amelia Carriage Tours offers horse-drawn carriage rides. The island’s Museum of History provides fun walking ghost tours. Or hit the water for a boat cruise courtesy of Amelia River Cruises.

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