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Amelia Island, Fla.

Located 30 miles northeast of Jacksonville near the Georgia state line, Amelia is the southernmost of the barrier islands strung along the Atlantic seaboard. It’s also one of the prettiest. Amelia's natural features—tidal lagoons, saltwater marshes, moss-draped oaks—are set back from a 3.5-mile stretch of broad, uncrowded beach. Beach rentals at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort range from cabanas and chairs to boogie boards and beach games. As for beachcombing, locals have a passion for finding prehistoric, petrified shark’s teeth. The resort boasts 45 holes of golf by Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, and Bobby Weed, with fairways woven through tidal marsh, live oaks, and sand dunes.

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