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.

Things to do in Amelia Island

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.

Average Weather & Climate in the Amelia Island Area

Average Temperatures and rainfall in the Amelia Island Florida area
Average Max. Temp (C)171922252931333230262218
Average Min. Temp (C)781115192324242318139
Average Rainfall (mm)878110071591341401481761175375


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.

Amelia Island Beach


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.

Discover our recommended eating and drinking establishments in Amelia Island

Amelia Tavern Restaurant Front Entrance


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.

Find out more about where to shop in Amelia Island.

The Shops Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort


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.

Find out more about our recommended Golf Courses in Amelia Island.

Hotels in Amelia Island

Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Featured Hotel

Set in lush greenery and overlooking the stunning beach and coastline, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation is a vast resort that caters for your every need. Popular with conference guests as well as holidaymakers, the amenities on site are plentiful. You’ll find luxurious rooms with private patios and balconies, perfect for enjoying the sun and warm sea breeze, and with three golf courses, tennis courts, shops, a spa and bicycle tours available, you’ll never be stuck for things to do. You’ll be spoilt for choice with dining options too, as there are many fantastic restaurants and room service menus. Find out more about the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.

Ritz Carlton Amelia Island

Ritz Carlton Amelia Island

Stay in the lap of luxury at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island. The pristine beaches and dramatic Atlantic Ocean provide the backdrop to this beautiful hotel. Whether you prefer to relax by the outdoor pool, take a treatment at the spa, put your feet up on your own balcony or sip cocktails in the lounge, you’ll leave feeling renewed and refreshed. Staff are dedicated to giving guests a warm welcome and a good dose of southern hospitality at this majestic resort. Learn more about the Ritz Carlton Hotel Amelia Island.

Hoyt House Amelia Island

The Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast

A 10-room luxury boutique hotel offering the personal touches and warm welcome of a B&B. You won’t want to leave Hoyt House, not only for its beautiful location on Amelia Island but also for its exceptional service and amenities. Breakfast is a three-course affair, the outdoor swimming pool and hot tub are welcoming and drinks at the lounge and pub finish the evening in style. Guests can use complimentary bikes to tour the island, but there are also boutiques, restaurants and cafes right on your doorstep at Hoyt House too. Find out more about the Hoyt House Bed and Breakfast.

Seaside Amelia Inn Amelia Island

Seaside Amelia Inn

For those in the know, Seaside Amelia Inn is the perfect retreat on Florida’s sandy coastline. This attractive inn is one of only four on the island that are genuinely beachside. Excellent value and full of charm, a stay here is perfect for couples, families, and sunseekers looking for a relaxing break. Quality amenities and services are also provided for a comfortable stay. Discover more about the Seaside Amelia Inn.

Blue Heron Inn Amelia Island

Blue Heron Inn on Amelia Island

Adults and older families are welcomed at this small but perfectly formed inn, situated in Fernandina Beach’s historic district. The six rooms of this restored 1904 house are tastefully decorated with luxurious touches. You can start your mornings with a delicious breakfast while enjoying the sun on the charming porch or in the lovely landscaped gardens. Cool off in the outdoor pool for a while, then treat yourself to afternoon and evening refreshments, including homemade cookies in the comfortable communal lounges. Hop on a complimentary bike and explore the area, or grab a beach chair and head straight for Amelia Island’s gorgeous stretches of sand. Learn more about Blue Heron Inn on Amelia Island.

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