Fernandina Beach, FL

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Amelia Island showing a festival as well as a large group of people
Explore the quaint streets, museums and restaurants of this coastal city and visit the beaches and golf courses on the outskirts of town.

Fernandina Beach is a charming city on Amelia Island, northeast of Jacksonville. It is known for its miles of sandy beaches and high-end resorts and spas. The town center is full of boutique shops and restaurants. Explore historic sites and attend the annual shrimp festival. Play a round of golf on an Arnold Palmer course. Many hotels cater year-round to visiting tourists.

Spend time relaxing in the Florida sun on one of the city’s many beaches. Some of the best spots for sunbathing are in Fort Clinch State Park, with wetlands, plains and beaches. See a reenactment by volunteers dressed as soldiers and others from the Civil War era within the grounds of the old fort.

Take a tour of the city center in a traditional horse-drawn carriage. Dine at one of the restaurants and cafés before watching a dramatic performance at the Amelia Community Theater. Visit the Amelia Island Museum of History to learn about the region’s intriguing past. Fernandina Beach was once a busy Victorian seaport. Enjoy a guided museum tour, which is included in the admission fee.

Practice putting at the Arnold Palmer designed Golf Club at North Hampton. The course features six sets of tees to challenge players of different skill levels. Play mini-golf in the exotic setting of Island Falls Golf, which also has varied levels of difficulty for the entire family to enjoy.

If you’re here in spring, attend the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, held each year on the first weekend of May. Boat parades, ice cream eating contests and beauty pageants are held, all in the name of shrimp, the area’s signature seafood.

Fernandina Beach is a 27-mile (43-kilometer) drive or taxi ride east from Jacksonville International Airport and just 4 miles (6 kilometers) away from the smaller Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport. The city is located near the northern part of Amelia Island, next to Fort Clinch State Park. Rent a car to drive the 36-mile (58-kilometer) trip northeast from downtown Jacksonville.

Where to stay in Fernandina Beach

Amelia Hotel at the Beach
Amelia Hotel at the Beach
2.5 out of 5
1997 S Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32034
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $116 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$116
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Fernandina Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,512 reviews)
"Traveled by myself. Booked last minute, on the way to Florida. Got a great price. The room was clean, the staff were pleasant, and the best part is that it was just a few steps away from the beach. Would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Amelia Hotel at the Beach
Omni Amelia Island Resort
Omni Amelia Island Resort
4 out of 5
39 Beach Lagoon Road, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32034
The price is $318 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
$318
per night
Feb 12 - Feb 13
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Fernandina Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and 9 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,012 reviews)
"Great views"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Omni Amelia Island Resort
Seaside Amelia Inn
Seaside Amelia Inn
3 out of 5
2900 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32034
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $151 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$151
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Fernandina Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,031 reviews)
"I love the location. The hotel was lovely, though not fancy. The room was the tiniest imaginable, but I enjoyed it anyway."

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023

Seaside Amelia Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Enjoy This Elegant Condo with Gorgeous Ocean Views! Located on the Omni Grounds!
Enjoy This Elegant Condo with Gorgeous Ocean Views! Located on the Omni Grounds!
amelia island, FL
Stay at this beach condo in Fernandina Beach. Enjoy a beach locale, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions American Beach and Omni Amelia Island Resort ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Nice location
"Perfect location for quick beach access and pool fun! Would visit again"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Enjoy This Elegant Condo with Gorgeous Ocean Views! Located on the Omni Grounds!
2+2 Beach Condo
2+2 Beach Condo
Fernandina Beach, FL
Stay at this condo in Fernandina Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a TV, and cable/satellite TV. Popular attractions Seaside Park and Island Falls Golf are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (33 reviews)
Lovely stay in Amelia Island
"We loved the condo! Perfect size, perfect location with all the amenities and little extras that kitchens need. We really enjoyed our stay and hope to be back in May at this same location. Thank you"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

2+2 Beach Condo
Ocean Front 3rd Floor Condo! Great for a Quick Getaway! Located near Main Beach!
Ocean Front 3rd Floor Condo! Great for a Quick Getaway! Located near Main Beach!
Fernandina Beach, FL
Stay at this beach condo in Fernandina Beach. Enjoy private pools, a beach locale, and WiFi. Popular attractions Fernandina Beach Main Beach Park and Amelia ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (60 reviews)
Condo for 1-3 guests
"Close proximity to the beach. Walk to restaurants. Easy access to pool. On site parking."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2022

Ocean Front 3rd Floor Condo! Great for a Quick Getaway! Located near Main Beach!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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