Visit Amelia Island
This barrier island off the coast of northeast Florida is a haven for visitors looking for a luxurious and intimate beach getaway. If the 13 miles of dreamy white sand beaches aren’t enough to tempt you, the welcoming residents, varied shops and restaurants, and premier outdoor activities will. Amelia Island’s beaches offer the perfect setting for romantic strolls, refreshing bike rides and exhilarating water sports, while the museums and attractions of the historic district deliver a generous dose of culture.
The quaintly charming Amelia Island has been a beloved destination for generations. Its upscale resorts and world-class spas combine with a charming collection of B&Bs, historic sites and captivating festivals for an experience that’s uniquely Floridian. Come and experience why Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island have consistently ranked among Florida’s best holiday destinations.
Highlights of Amelia Island FL
- Great for: A get-away-from-it-all holiday with glorious beaches and resorts
- Famous for: Historic Fernandina beach with Florida's oldest bar, the Palace Saloon
- Closest airport with direct flights: Orlando International Airport is 192 miles to the south
- Why we like it: This is a gorgeously secluded retreat with a surprising history
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Hotels in Amelia Island FL
The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is Florida’s award-winning island destination. Located just off the coast of Northeast Florida Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget.
The Ritz Carlton offers a luxury experience to those who are looking to relax or those who want to be entertained by Amelia Island and all that it has to offer.
Things to do in Amelia Island FL
History of Amelia Island
Amelia Island Museum of History
The Amelia Island Museum of History is bursting with fascinating stories that are just waiting to be shared with eager visitors and residents. From the Timucua Native American tribe to Spanish and French explorers, from the lawless spirit of pirates to the dignified air of Victorian-era residents, Amelia Island has been home to diverse cultures that have left an exciting heritage behind and the museum sees itself as the caretakers and disseminators of this history, which it shares not only through a wonderful variety of exhibits, but also by providing a multitude of programmes throughout the community for all ages. There’s no better way to start your tour of Amelia Island than with a better understanding of the area’s historic past. At the Amelia Island Museum of History in Fernandina Beach, tour a Timucuan Village, learn about the industries of Nassau County, or peruse historic artefacts related to the Spanish Mission period. Visitors can even book city walking tours or a Fernandina Beach pub crawl.
Amelia Island Lighthouse
Constructed in 1839 using materials taken from the former 1820 Cumberland Island Lighthouse in Georgia, the Amelia Island Lighthouse is the oldest existing lighthouse in Florida. In June 1861, Confederate authorities ordered the lighthouse to be darkened and its lighting apparatus removed. The lens and other lighthouse equipment were shipped in November 1861 on the Florida Railroad to Waldo for safekeeping and then, in October 1864, moved to Madison. After the Union occupation of Amelia Island in March 1862, Federal military authorities recommended that the lighthouse be relit and, in 1864, the lighthouse was again operational. In 2001, the lighthouse was transferred from the US Coast Guard to the City of Fernandina Beach, which now offers public tours of the site.
Fort Clinch State Park, FL
Fort Clinch is a 19th century fort once used as Civil War and Spanish–American War garrisons. Today, visitors can explore history and nature at Fort Clinch State Park, spotting playful dolphins, migratory birds and a diversity of wildlife playing near the shores. Fort Clinch State Park is perfect for bike riding on the six-mile trail, fishing, sunbathing, camping, or collecting sea shells on the beach.
Fernandina Beach, FL
Fernandina Beach is on Amelia Island at Florida’s northeast border. The city hosts the popular Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival and is known for its great golf. Downtown Fernandina Beach also offers boutique shopping and a range of restaurants serving scrumptious food.
Beaches, Surfing, Parks & River Cruises
Enjoy one or two hour narrated sightseeing tours along the Amelia and Cumberland rivers, featuring Cumberland Island National Seashore. The personalised tours are rich with wildlife, history and folklore that will enchant you through their beauty and charm.
Where To Eat in Amelia Island
Amelia Island offers a vast selection of dining options, serving everything from seafood, to traditional American burgers and flavours from around the world. With thousands of tourists visiting Amelia Island every year there are plenty of great places to enjoy fine cuisine.
Enjoy Shopping in Amelia Island
There are a number of fantastic shops in Amelia Island to suit a variety of interests and preferences, from bespoke boutiques to globally recognised brands.
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Ecotourism & Wildlife
Amelia Island is a destination loved by outdoor adventurers and nature lovers alike. Paddle along calm coastal waters on a kayaking or canoeing adventure, parasail high above the breath-taking landscape, or charter a fishing cruise and enjoy a leisurely day casting a line. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, camping, bike riding and scuba diving adventures nearby. Known as the “Isle of Eight Flags”, Amelia Island, Florida is a pristine outdoor playground where 13 miles of beachside solitude meet swaying sea oats, sand dunes and lush marine forests.
Visitors will discover Amelia Island’s fascinating history, heritage and myriad outdoor offerings. Just 10 minutes south of Amelia Island, you can discover centuries-old Kingsley Plantation, part of the National Park Service’s Timucuan preserve and set on the river amid a lush forest of live oaks. It is one of the few remaining examples of the plantation system of territorial Florida and the site of what might be the state’s oldest plantation house. Visitors can explore the plantation house, remains of 25 tabby construction slave quarters, a barn, waterfront, kitchen building, and interpretive garden. Segway and customized walking tours are available.
Amelia Island Golf Courses
Amelia Island is an ideal destination that invites golfers of all skill levels to test their swing on 117 holes of championship golf courses. Tee off at the Amelia River Golf Club, Fernandina Beach Golf Club or the Golf Club at North Hampton. All surrounded by gorgeous views.
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