Fernandina BeachUnited States of America

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Get away to Fernandina Beach! Enjoy the beaches, island views, and sunsets.

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.

Known for

Beaches, Historical Buildings and Seafood

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Where to stay in Fernandina Beach

Northside
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Northside

If you're spending some time in Northside, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Jacksonville Cruise Terminal are top sights worth seeing.

Top Hotels in Fernandina Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
4 out of 5
39 Beach Lagoon Road, Fernandina Beach, FL
$161
per night
Oct 14 - Oct 15
4.3/5Excellent! (1,069 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Fernandina Beach resort is 8.4 mi (13.5 km) from Fernandina Beach Historic District and 8.7 mi (13.9 km) from Fort Clinch State ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,069 reviews)

"Front desk staff was very friendly. Restaurants were delish and beautiful sunrise from my room"…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
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Amelia Hotel at the Beach
2.5 out of 5
1997 S Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL
$99
per night
Sep 19 - Sep 20
4.1/5Very Good! (2,176 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Island Falls Golf and within 3 mi (5 km) of Fernandina Beach Main Beach Park and Fernandina Beach ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,176 reviews)

"They had a very good continental breakfast available every morning. Comfortable beds but very high up. Need more actually seating in the room. Provide a step stool for guests with short legs. I would recommend this hotel to visitors in this area. Very close to stores and restaurants."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Amelia Hotel at the Beach
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Villas of Amelia Island Plantation
4 out of 5
8 Amelia Village Circle, Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, FL
$159
per night
Oct 9 - Oct 10
4.1/5Very Good! (811 reviews)

Offering direct access to the beach, this Fernandina Beach resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of American Beach, Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve, and Plantation ...

4.1/5Very Good! (811 reviews)

"Customer service was great! Upon check in, Raven was most helpful in making sure I had perfect accommodations. He upgraded my villa which made it possible to wake up everyday to the sounds and scenery of the beautiful ocean. There’s plenty to do if you’re interested in biking, swimming, puttt-putt, ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Villas of Amelia Island Plantation

Popular things to do in Fernandina Beach

Fort Clinch State Park
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Fort Clinch State Park

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

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
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Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

Browse through art that dates back thousands of years and explore scenic gardens housing one of the oldest trees in the region at this museum in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art
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Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art

Look through almost 1,000 pieces of contemporary art across six floors of this innovative museum at the center of Jacksonville’s cultural movement.

TIAA Bank Field
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TIAA Bank Field

Capable of seating over 80,000 fans, this modern football stadium is the exciting home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, international soccer games and music events.

Jacksonville Landing
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Jacksonville Landing

Discover boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs and a historic museum in this vast shopping complex beside the picturesque St. Johns River.

Jacksonville Naval Air Station
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Jacksonville Naval Air Station

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

Top activities in Fernandina Beach

Amelia Island Inshore Fishing Trip
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Amelia Island Inshore Fishing Trip

$125

Prepare yourself for an amazing day of Amelia inland fishing in the backwaters of the Amelia River. Join an expert guide on a hunt for the perfect spot to capture abundant redfish and tarpon, cast out your line, and begin the waiting game in the most perfect, beautiful natural atmosphere.

Electric Longboard Rental
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Electric Longboard Rental

$30

Whether you want to meet us at Main Beach or your house or hotel, we will bring our boards to you, give you a 10-15 minute demo on how to operate our boards, and then you're free to cruise away. Just meet us back at that spot after an hour to drop off the boards.

Operation City Quest of Jacksonville, FL
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Operation City Quest of Jacksonville, FL

$10

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Jacksonville, FL
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Jacksonville, FL

$3

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Tandem Skydive Amelia Island
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Tandem Skydive Amelia Island

$199

Itinerary The whole experience takes place at one location. From our office, you get to watch the airplane take off with your friends and family. 30 minutes later, take some great videos and pictures as they safely touch ground right in front of you.

Jacksonville Inshore Fishing
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Jacksonville Inshore Fishing

$137

Motor out onto the Intracoastal Waterway for some true outdoor fishing just off the shores of Jacksonville. This outing surrounds you with the peaceful, secluded scenery of creeks and fishing holes that you can explore with some expert guidance from your captain.

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