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Florida: Amelia Island
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Florida: Amelia Island

At Amelia Island, you can soar over its tranquil beaches on an Airborne XT-912 powered glider by Florida Adventure Sports, explore a salt marsh on a stand-up paddleboard, or kayak through Lofton Creek’s glassy water. In certain areas at Seaside Park, Scott Road, Peter’s Point, and Burney Park, and Amelia Island State Park, you can drive your vehicle on the beach, though nonresidents have to first obtain a permit. From May through October, sea turtles trudge up Amelia Island’s sandy beach nightly to lay eggs. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of tiny hatchlings scrambling back to the ocean. At the historic downtown Fernandina Beach, you can build your own 21-inch pizza and stromboli at Pi Infinite Combinations or fuel up on Cuban coffee and sandwich at Hola! Cuban Cafe. Marlin & Barrel Distillery makes the perfect vacation souvenirs: small-batch vodka and light rum.

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