Jan Smith oversees the Saturday farmers’ market and notes that people who live here want to be involved. “We’re a bunch of self-starters, and the size and interests of this community foster that energy,” she says.
Toward the Amelia River and its vast marshlands or the Atlantic Ocean.
Art and antiques shops, galleries, and the Beech Street Grill.
Your favorite restaurant could be: 29 South, where the ingredients come from local farms and fishermen. Don’t pass up the lobster corn dogs with vodka-spiked horseradish ketchup.
Mostly retired. With plenty of free time and an income stream on average higher than the rest of the state, they’ll likely be found golfing at the island’s resorts or the Fernandina Beach public course or riding bikes and spotting birds on the Egans Creek Greenway.
On the weekend you might: kayak to Little Talbot Island State Park or take the kids camping near the beach five miles away in Fort Clinch State Park.