Amelia Island, Florida
Amelia Island is one of the southernmost of the Sea Islands, a chain of barrier islands that stretches along the east coast of the United States from South Carolina to Florida. It is 13 miles long and approximately 4 miles wide at its widest point. Amelia Island is situated off the coast in Nassau County, Florida, south of Cumberland Island, Georgia. Fernandina Beach and Amelia City are both located on Amelia island. It is just a short distance from the city of Jacksonville Florida. Amelia Island is a barrier island that is rich in history, Amelia Island has long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife and clean waters. The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions and eateries.
Fernandina is well-preserved city at the northern end of Amelia Island, Florida’s northern-most barrier island, marks the beginning of Florida’s “First Coast.” It’s storied past is an intact portion of the quickly vanishing “Old Florida,” with a 50-square-block area into an ongoing restoration. The section is a designated historic district in the National Register of Historic Places. Fernandina Beach is located off Highway A1A (Fletcher Avenue).
Amelia Island is well known for its luxury resorts, golf courses and numerous sandy beaches. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors.
On Main Beach Park you’ll find sand dunes, a boardwalk and public sports and recreation facilities.
Reasons to visit Amelia Island
Fernandina Beach, Main Beach and Peter’s Point on Amelia Island
Fernandina is a pristine beach that is located a mile from the center of town. There is more than four miles of beach and 20 public access points that lie between the northern-most Main Beach south.
The beach is excellent for sharks teeth and shell collecting. Don’t forget to check for new treasures after a period of rough weather.
Dogs are allowed on the beach, but within the Fernandina Beach city limits, all dogs on the beach must be on a leash.
The Kelly Seahorse Ranch provides horseback riding on the beach. The are one-hour rides and you need reservations.
Main Beach has plenty of parking and facilities, a grassy playground and some lifeguard stands is especially popular with families that have children in tow.
Peter’s Point is also a nice beach with also offers decent facilities.
Home to over 70 restaurants, Amelia Island offers enough options that you could easily eat your way around the island. Amelia Island offers an amazing number of very impressive and very good restaurants from Seafood to Italian to Ethnic and from somewhat formal to very casual. There are also restaurants featuring specialty and homemade dishes with outdoor dining and spectacular service. The island’s local restaurants offer a wide range of menus that will suit any palate. Most of the leading restaurant’s owners are also the chefs, ensuring that every meal is served as the owner intended. Amelia Island restaurants are quite small and they do tend to fill up quickly, even during the slower months.
Our Dining Picks:
www.29SouthRestaurant.com | 904-277-7919
29 South is a chic, neighborhood bistro perfect for a date, a quick bite, or a casual dinner with old friends and family
España Restaurant and Tapas
Old World Spanish and Portuguese cuisine
www.EspanaDowntown.com | 904-261-7700
España is located within the charming historic district of Fernandina Beach
Jacksonville and Amelia Island in Northeast Florida boast over 1,220 holes of golf. That makes it the perfect getaway for golfers looking for pristine course conditions at affordable rates. below are just a few of the courses on the Island.
The Golf Club of Amelia Island
4700 Amelia Island Pkwy · (904) 277-8015
Amelia River Golf Club
Public Golf Course
4477 Buccaneer Trail · (904) 491-8500
Amelia Island Plantation Ocean Links
Public Golf Course
6800 1st Coast Hwy · (904) 277-5907
Go to Fort Clinch State Park and explore its 1,500 acres. There are Spanish moss–draped live oaks, sand dunes, and a nineteenth-century fort that sits right on the water. Outdoor activities include boating and kayaking.
Our picks for places to stay on Amelia Island:
- The Ritz-Carlton, which has big rooms, an oceanview pool, and a parakeet in the kids’ club.
- Addison on Amelia Island has 15 comfortable rooms and happy hour in its courtyard located in downtown Fernandina Beach.
- Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, the 20-room, four-suite B&B
- Greyfield Inn consistently ranks as one of the top small U.S. hotels
Palmetto Walk Shopping Village – Fernandina Beach, FL · (904) 321-0588
Shops At Amelia Island – Fernandina Beach, FL · (904) 261-2870
Amelia Island Clothing And Gifts – Fernandina Beach, FL · (904) 491-7716
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