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Amelia Island

Visit this scenic island that offers sandy beaches, ports, seaside resorts and two state parks just off the coast of mainland Florida.

Amelia Island is a small section of land with beaches, ports and picturesque natural scenery off the east coast of mainland Florida. The area is known as a barrier island because it runs parallel to the coast and is separated by only a narrow stretch of water. On the island you can visit some of the state’s most recognizable attractions, including Fernandina Beach and Fort Clinch State Park. There’s also 13 miles (21 kilometers) of sandy beaches.

Stay at one of the luxury resorts along Amelia Island’s coasts. Enjoy the panoramic views of the sparkling blue ocean. With luck, you may catch sight of dolphins and a white whale.

Visit the port town of Fernandina Beach on the northern part of the island. Learn about some of the area’s early Native American inhabitants and Spanish settlers that arrived in the 1800s. Get around on foot to experience the relaxed atmosphere of this laid-back town. Visit galleries and charming cafés in Fernandina Beach center.

Go camping in Fort Clinch State Park. The nature reserve consists of 1,400 acres (570 hectares) of scenic parkland surrounding Fort Clinch. The brick fort dates back to the mid-1800s and now features reenactments of life during the Civil War.

Relax on the sandy shore of Main Beach Park, one of the most popular spots on the island for sun, sand and sea. Join in volleyball or other public activities on the beach and let the kids play on a playground. Make your way to Burney Park to explore the sand dunes. Cross the dune walkover path for picturesque views of the dunes and the ocean.

Find Amelia Island northeast of the city of Jacksonville. Take a 30-minute taxi ride from Jacksonville International Airport or rent a car. Shuttle services to and from the airport are organized by some resorts in the area. From the center of Jacksonville it’s a 33-mile (53-kilometer) drive to Amelia Island.

Top Hotels in Amelia Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Omni Amelia Island Resort
Omni Amelia Island Resort
4 out of 5
39 Beach Lagoon Road, Fernandina Beach, FL
The price is $229 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Fernandina Beach resort is 8.9 mi (14.3 km) from Fernandina Beach Historic District and 9 mi (14.5 km) from Fort Clinch State ...

4.2/5Excellent! (938 reviews)

"Our room was nice and the beach was right at the back door. They also had complementary umbrellas and lounge chairs on the beach. Wonderful!!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

Omni Amelia Island Resort
Ocean Coast Hotel at the Beach
Ocean Coast Hotel at the Beach
3 out of 5
2707 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach, FL
The price is $89 per night

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seaside Park and Island Falls Golf. Egan's Creek Greenway Trail and Baptist Medical Center - Nassau ...

3.8/5Good! (33 reviews)
Good stay

"Nice place. Very close to Seaside Park. Amenities are awesome."…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Ocean Coast Hotel at the Beach
The Villas of Amelia Island
The Villas of Amelia Island
4 out of 5
8 Amelia Village Circle, Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, FL
The price is $220 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Fernandina Beach resort is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Plantation Artists' Guild & Gallery and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Timucuan ...

4.1/5Very Good! (978 reviews)

"The Villas were nice. Not as clean as we are use to. Love the private beach."…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

The Villas of Amelia Island

Popular places to visit in Amelia Island

Fernandina Beach Historic District
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Fernandina Beach Historic District

4.5/5(572 reviews)

Find out about the history of Fernandina Beach when you spend time at Fernandina Beach Historic District. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

Fort Clinch State Park
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Fort Clinch State Park

4.5/5(181 reviews)

Picturesque natural features of wetlands, plains, beaches and sand dunes surround this historic fort that dates back to 1847.

American Beach
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American Beach

4.5/5(50 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, American Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Fernandina Beach. Wander the area's seaside or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Amelia Island Lighthouse
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Amelia Island Lighthouse

3.5/5(7 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Fernandina Beach when you stop by Amelia Island Lighthouse. Stroll along the area's seaside, or simply savor its top-notch restaurants.

Mayo Clinic Florida
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Mayo Clinic Florida

4.5/5(433 reviews)

If Mayo Clinic Florida is what brings you to town, hopefully you'll have a chance to explore more of Jacksonville. Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or seek out the golf courses.

Jacksonville Naval Air Station
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Jacksonville Naval Air Station

4/5(300 reviews)

After visiting Jacksonville Naval Air Station, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Westside. Experience the lively festivals or attend a sporting event in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Amelia Island

Jacksonville Inshore Fishing
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Jacksonville Inshore Fishing

$158
Per adult
Playground Escape Room
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Playground Escape Room

$35
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Prison Break Escape Room
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Prison Break Escape Room

$35
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Florida
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Florida

$10
Per adult
The Heist Escape Room
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The Heist Escape Room

$35
Per adult
Private Transfer from Jacksonville to Port Canaveral
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Private Transfer from Jacksonville to Port Canaveral

$607
Per adult

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