Fernandina Beach, FL 30° 40' N 81° 27.83 W
Just six miles south of our Cumberland Island anchorage is Fernandina Beach, Florida (MM716), where we hope to finally find warmer temperatures. We get a slip at the city's well run Fernandina Harbor Marina, located downtown in the attractive historic district. Situated on Amelia Island, a playground of sandy beaches, high end resorts and championship-calibre golf courses, Fernandina Beach is also an industrial town, as it is home to two working paper mills, a deepwater port and a shrimping and fishing fleet. So while there are many fine restaurants and shops that cater to the vacationing crowd, there are also many more shops and saloons that cater to the working class crowd. It's still unseasonably chilly, so we grab our jackets and walk the town, stopping first at the Amelia Island Museum of History on 3rd Street where we learn about the area's 500 years of Spanish influence. In the mood for a casual dinner we enjoy a great pizza at Arte Pizza on North 3rd St. We extend our stay in Fernandina for two days, as we find it a fun, interesting place to unwind. Morning coffee and fresh pastries at Amelia Island Coffee and a fine, romantic dinner at Le Clos are two more highlights of our visit here.