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.

Amelia Hotel at the Beach
Amelia Hotel at the Beach
2.5 out of 5
1997 S Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL
The price is $135 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated near the airport, this hotel is steps from Seaside Park and Fernandina Beach. Island Falls Golf and Egan's Creek Greenway Trail are also within 2 mi ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,332 reviews)
"This property is really close to the beach. We had a king suite and it was huge! The view was amazing of the ocean! Because of covid they are short staffed but they are very helpful and will make things work for you… Will come back again!"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Amelia 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 $211 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Offering direct access to the beach, this Fernandina Beach resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Amelia Island State Park and George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State ...
4/5Very Good! (981 reviews)
"The overall resort is lovely and clean. The direct access to an absolutely gorgeous beach was fantastic. The pool area with hot tubs and bar and food were also enjoyable. The food in all of the restaurants was tasty and fresh. The only issue we had was that the prices were extremely high for food, ..."

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

The Villas of Amelia Island
Seaside Amelia Inn
Seaside Amelia Inn
3 out of 5
2900 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $144 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Nestled on the beach, this Ocean Cay hotel is just steps from Fernandina Beach Main Beach Park and Fernandina Beach. Fort Clinch State Park and Egan's Creek ...
4.3/5Excellent! (976 reviews)
"Absolutely beautiful and clean. I’d recommend this place to anyone."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

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.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Fernandina Beach Amelia Island, FL
Home2 Suites by Hilton Fernandina Beach Amelia Island, FL
3 out of 5
2246 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach, FL
The price is $110 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Seaside Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Egan's Creek Greenway Trail and Fernandina Beach Main ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (185 reviews)
"Lovely property, well kept, friendly staff."

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Fernandina Beach Amelia Island, FL
Breathtaking Ocean Views From This Luxury Studio 4th Floor Turtle Dunes
Breathtaking Ocean Views From This Luxury Studio 4th Floor Turtle Dunes
Fernandina Beach, FL
Situated on the beach, this historic resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from American Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Awesome vacation
"From check in to check out it was a paradise like vacation. We slept great, and enjoyed the views from our balcony. We are talking about returning next summer! The property management was very communicative and super helpful!"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2021

Breathtaking Ocean Views From This Luxury Studio 4th Floor Turtle Dunes
Newly updated Charming condo with screen porch 2 blocks from the beach
Newly updated Charming condo with screen porch 2 blocks from the beach
Fernandina Beach, FL
Situated by the sea, this historic condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Seaside Park and Fernandina Beach. Island Falls Golf and Egan's Creek Greenway ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (10 reviews)
Family friendly
"Great accommodations for a family (of 5). Sufficient space for us to be together or have our own space. Great location with easy access to beach, restaurants, pharmacy and groceries. You can easily walk to the beach or drive and park ON THE BEACH (must have 4WD). Would definitely stay here ..."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

Newly updated Charming condo with screen porch 2 blocks from the 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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