"Isle of 8 Flags"
Fernandina Beach, FL
|Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, FL|
*The city has a total area of 15.7 square miles all land.
*Approximately 25 miles northeast of downtown Jacksonville, Florida.
*Known as the "Isle of 8 Flags": it has had the flags of the following nations flown over it since 1562: France, Spain, Great Britain, Spain (again), the Patriots of Amelia Island, the Green Cross of Florida, Mexico, the Confederate States of America, and the United States. It is the only municipality in the United States that has flown eight different national flags.
*The area was first inhabited by the Timucuan Indian tribe. Native American bands associated with the Timucuan mound-building culture settled on the island, which they called Napoyca, circa 1000. They would remain on Napoyca until the early 18th century.
*A spectacular vacation opportunity on the northernmost barrier island of Florida.
**With over 13 miles of pristine beach and the backdrop of a quaint Victorian town.
**For those who love the water, Fernandina Beach is a mariner’s paradise. Whether you enjoy fishing, sailing, or cruising the waterways in a motor boat, if you’re a water bug, you’ll fit in here.
*Known for their Shrimp Festival.
*Five fiberglass shrimp sculptures, each whimsically decorated by a local artist, have been installed in downtown Fernandina Beach and four other sculptures are located around Amelia Island. Three more shrimp sculptures to come.