Amelia Island

Amelia Island Sea Oats Sunrise

Sea Oats, A Fringe of Happiness, Amelia Island

Amelia Island is at the southern end of a chain of barrier islands that hug America’s east coast stretching from South Carolina through Georgia, ending here in northeast Florida. Spend time at the beach.

Stars on the beach, Amelia Island, Florida

Stars On The Beach, Amelia Island

Peak Season

Amelia Island’s 13 miles of Atlantic seashore attracts the most visitors in summer season. Amelia’s lovely beaches are a quiet escape in autumn and winter. Beachcomb to find shark’s teeth, starfish, shells, and sand dollars. Amelia’s flat beaches at low tide allow bike riding on the shoreline.

Amelia Island Photo Sunrise Bike Ride at the Beach

Low Tide Bike Ride, Amelia Island Sunrise

Explore By Water

Take a boat tour or go fishing. Learn about local nature while you paddle a kayak.

Amelia Island Kayakers, Sunset Near Fort Clinch

Amelia Island Kayakers, Sunset Near Fort Clinch

While known for its posh oceanfront resorts featuring golf, pampering spas, and tennis (Omni Amelia Island Plantation and the Ritz-Carlton), at the other end of the spectrum is Fernandina’s Victorian vibes.

Downtown Fernandina

Centre Street, Downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida

Centre Street, Downtown Fernandina Beach

Take historic tours on foot (also via trolley or horsedrawn carriage), to explore the riverfront city of Fernandina Beach, with 450-plus historic structures on the National Register of Historic Places (homes, churches, commercial buildings). Wander around foot-friendly Fernandina, the pub hub with a nice variety of restaurants, shops, art galleries and antiques.

Shrimping History

Shrimp Festival Celebrated in Fernandina (Birthplace of Modern Shrimping Industry in America)

Fernandina, Birthplace of Shrimping Industry

Fernandina holds claim to being the “birthplace of the modern shrimping industry in America.” When dining out on Amelia Island, ask about the availability of wild-caught shrimp. Also stop by the Shrimping Museum at the Fernandina Harbor.

Fort Clinch

Fort Clinch, A Window To The Past, Amelia Island, FloridaOf interest to history buffs will also be Amelia Island’s Civil War-era fortress (surrounded by more than 1,100 preserved acres of maritime forest) Fort Clinch State Park (904)277-7274. Special reenactments happen the first weekend each month.

Florida’s Oldest

FLORIDA's OLDEST: Amelia Island Lighthouse, circa 1838, Fernandina Beach.

FLORIDA’s OLDEST: Amelia Island Lighthouse, 1838

Amelia Island is also home to the oldest existing lighthouse in the state of Florida, the Amelia Island Lighthouse, dating back to 1838, the oldest surviving hotel (the 1857 Florida House Inn), and the oldest continually-operating Saloon (The Palace). The Amelia Island Museum offers exhibit tours plus various walking tours.

Coastal Nature

Volunteers Walk Beach at Sunrise. Sea Turtle Nests Are Marked, Amelia Island

Sea Turtle Nest, Amelia Island, Florida

Sea turtles nest on Amelia Island and summer visitors can watch local volunteers escavate nests, a wonderful learning experience.

Island Hopping

Amelia Island is located within a great neighborhood of islands. Slightly north is amazing Cumberland Island, Georgia (National Seashore).

Wild Horse Grazing on Cumberland Island

To Amelia’s south is Big Talbot and Little Talbot (undeveloped, natural islands, protected Florida State Parks). While getting to Cumberland Island requires a ferry, you can actually ride a bike trail that connects Amelia with Big Talbot.