Located on the northeastern tip of Florida, Amelia Island is a Florida beach with a Southern accent. This barrier island offers visitors an enchanting destination featuring breathtaking natural beauty combined with southern charm, a collection of upscale hotels, luxurious spas, championship golf courses, delectable dining and a wide array of outdoor activities.
Just over 20 kilometres long and three kilometres wide, the northern and southern tips of the island are park preserves, which make up nearly 10 percent of the entire island. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway, Nassau Sound and one of the east’s largest and deepest inlets – Cumberland Sound – Amelia Island is edged with natural Appalachian quartz beaches and framed by sand dunes as high as 40 feet.
Named among the Top 10 US Islands by USA Today Travel in 2014, Amelia Island is treasured for its long stretches of quiet beaches, natural beauty, unique history and charming seaport character. From upscale resorts and charming bed and breakfasts, to comfortable hotels at value rates, Amelia Island offers accommodation options for everyone. With more than 20 places to stay and over 2,500 rooms, visitors are able to choose properties located directly along the Atlantic Ocean, within walking distance of the historic district and much more.
Visitors to Amelia Island find themselves surrounded by a welcoming sea of activities with plenty of ways to fill the days. Guests can settle in for a cosy, horse-drawn carriage ride through historic downtown Fernandina Beach or cast off on a sunset sail down the Intracoastal Waterway. Children will enjoy a trip to Fort Clinch State Park, offering one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country, swimming, fishing, full-facility camping, and a 9.5-kilometre trail where you can see the largest sand dunes in Florida.
Nature lovers can appreciate the island’s natural wonders during a Segway tour or enjoy a kayak or stand up paddle boarding trip where you may encounter extraordinary wildlife including egrets, herons, sea turtles and manatees.
Adventure seekers will love SkyDive Amelia offering freefall and parachuting views. Those looking for an aerial view without the freefall can enjoy a trike flying tour with Air Amelia.
Amelia Island is a little island with a big history, which guests can discover for themselves at the Amelia Island Museum of History, Florida’s first spoken-history museum. Knowledgeable guides lead you back in time to explore events spanning more than four centuries and life on the island under the rule of eight different flags. Visitors can also visit the American Beach Museum for a glimpse into the history of American Beach, a glorious oceanfront haven for African Americans during the Jim Crow-era of segregation.
Guests can enjoy a leisurely stroll along Fernandina’s historic Centre Street, complete with unique shops and restaurants. Or for a picturesque tour of the island try an Amelia River Cruise or a jet ski tour of the Amelia River. Fishing guides and charters are also available. Whatever you choose to do, come and make memories on Amelia Island.