Amelia Island's main town of Fernandina Beach is lined with sprawling Victorian houses, palm trees, cobblestone streets and, shrimp. That's right. Amelia Island is famous for creating the modern shrimping industry in 1900 and its annual Shrimp Festival attracts thousands to the tiny isle. So yes, shrimp makes up a significant part of Amelia Island's identity. Throughout Fernandina, whimsical shrimp sculptures dot the lush landscape. The structures help raise funds for Mica's Place, a local domestic violence intervention center. I loved spotting these silly creatures wherever I journeyed on the island, they each display a particular personality. The mosaic shrimp above is called Cool, Coastal, Captivating Cutie and she lounges in the park in the Fernandina Historic District.
This is Rock Shrimp and he's my favorite. It helps that he hangs out right by the local ice cream and fudge shop but I love him for his rock star style.
The name of this sculpture is Fernandina Shrimp O'Maze and she shows various Fernandina landmarks all over her body.
Brandishing a cutlass and a moustache, this shrimp made me laugh the most. His name is Jack Parrow-Prawn and he sports fierce guy liner!
It's hard to outdo sparkles. This shrimp is called Jewels and she shines outside the door of a local jewelry store.
Overlooking Fernandina Beach harbor, on the porch of Brett's Waterway Cafe, perches Ariel, Shrimp a la primavera extraordinaire. Her name is a little much for me but her mermaid theme is very cute. Which shrimp is your favorite?