Amelia Island is a magical place. Not just because of the sun-drenched cobble stone streets, the Victorian architecture or its long stretch of pristine beaches. Its the people, as warm as the Florida weather that makes it irresistible. Apparently, I'm not the only one attracted to this little island. Pirates loved to hide out on Amelia Island during the 17th and 18th centuries. Throughout the Fernandina Beach historic district, you'll find homages to these characters like the waterfront statue above.
And this life-like specimen that guards a local shop.
Palm trees also line every street and strip of land, just so you remember you're on an island. These are my favorite, called pineapple palms because of the texture of the bark.
Palm trees often supply the only shade on a sunny street, making them practical as well as pretty.
Apparently, Amelia Island beaches are studded with millions-year-old sharks teeth. I only found pretty shells but signs like the one above hang everywhere. Small maps, outlining the shape and names of the different shark teeth are routinely handed out at hotels. When I began a tour of historic Fernandina Beach, I was greeted by the guide not with a handshake but a hand full of shark teeth! I keep them with my other beach treasures, to remind me of Amelia Island's special qualities.