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Beach Rules and Information


NO LITTERING: Use nearby garbage bins to avoid a fine up to $500.

NO OPEN FIRES FROM MAY 1st TO OCTOBER 31st: This is due to Marine Turtle Nesting Season. Main Beach Park and Peter’s Point beach accesses have grills located just off the beach for your convenience.


Any items left unattended on the beach between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. will be declared a public nuisance and will be removed and destroyed. This includes but is not limited to: tents (including tent frames), cabanas, umbrellas, and other shading devices, beach chairs and other furniture, picnic tables, tiki huts, volleyball nets, hammocks, floats, sailboards, surfboards, kites, jet skis, sailboats, water cycles and other watercraft, beach toys, grills, nets, coolers, canoes, kayaks, and general items for beach recreation. Permits for persons will disabilities may be issued by the County Manager. Applicant must have proof of disability.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: It is unlawful to drink beer, wine, or any alcoholic beverage at any county owned or controlled recreation area. Possession of any open container containing an alcoholic beverage is prohibited and violations are punishable by a fine of up to $500 or ten days incarceration.

STAY OFF THE DUNES: Florida State Law requires that you stay off the dunes. This includes having horses or vehicles on the dunes.

DOGS: Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash at all times. Pick up after your pet to avoid being ticketed.

CAMPING ON THE BEACH: Camping is allowed on beaches within the unincorporated areas of Nassau County. A permit is NOT required to camp on the beach

PARKING: Parking at the beach is free on Amelia Island. Public beach accesses with parking can be found along South Fletcher Avenue. The public beach accesses with the biggest parking areas are Main Beach Park, Seaside Park, and Peter’s Point.

DRIVING ON THE BEACH: Non-county residents must obtain a permit to drive or park on the beach. Vehicles can access the beach at Peter’s Point, Seaside Park, Scott Road, Burney Park, and Amelia Island State Park. Beach Driving Permits can be obtained at:

Nassau County Historic Courthouse


416 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL.

Hours of Operation: 8:30am-5:00pm Mon –Fri

Robert M. Foster Justice Center


76347 Veterans Way, Yulee, FL.

Hours of Operation: 8:30am-5:00pm Mon–Fri

A1A Express Discount


3331 South Fletcher Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL.

Hours of Operation: 
Mon–Thurs: 7:00am-10:00pm Friday-Sunday: 7:00am 11:00pm

Flash Foods


5518 South Fletcher Avenue, Fernandina Beach, Fl

Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours

HORSES: Horses need to be under the control of the rider at all times. Horse trailer parking must be within designated areas. Horse trailers must have a decal, which can be purchased at:

Nassau County Animal Control


86078 License Road, Yulee, FL

Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 8:00 am-5:00 pm Sat. 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Four wheelers and all terrain vehicles are prohibited except for official use. Recreation type vehicles must park in designated areas. Recreation type vehicles with tags not issued in Nassau County can’t remain in the park between sundown or sunup.

SWIMMING AND WATERCRAFT: No swimming is allowed beyond 300 feet perpendicular to the water’s edge. No swimming in an area designated for personal watercraft. Swimmers need to beware of rip currents. Life guards are on duty at Amelia Island’s main beach parks during the summer tourist season. Flags flying near the lifeguard stands indicate ocean conditions. Surfboards and boogie boards must be attached to the user by a leash. Sailboats, wind surf boards, and sailboards can’t be operated closer than 600 feet from the water’s edge. Jet skis or motorized boats must remain at idle speed until they are at least 500 feet from the shore. Personal watercraft and boats can’t be operated or launched closer than 1500 feet in either direction of the lifeguard tower.

HANDICAP BEACH ACCESS: North Beach Park (off North Fletcher Avenue), Main Beach (Atlantic and South Fletcher) Seaside Park (Sadler Rd. and South Fletcher), and Peter’s Point (South Fletcher) all have handicap accessibility. A beach accessible wheelchair is available by calling the City of Fernandina Beach Parks and Recreation Department at 904-310-3350.

SEA TURTLE SEASON: Endangered sea turtles nest on Amelia Island. It is important to leave nest eggs and baby turtle hatchlings undisturbed. If renting a beachfront property, turn off lights that shine on the beach from May 1st to October 31st.