Amelia Island Vacation Rentals Guide

Northeast FL / Amelia Island

OVERVIEW 

Found on Florida's Northeast Atlantic Coast just north of Jacksonville, Amelia Island is the perfect vacation spot for active families, golfers, nature enthusiasts, history buffs, boaters, and fishermen. 

Known for being the Island of 8 Flags, this island is rich in history and has had eight different powers leading it since its discovery. The French, Spanish, British, Patriot, Green Cross, Mexican, Confederate, and United States. Boasting natural beauty, luxury resorts, golf courses, sandy beaches, and Parks. Main Beach Park boasts sand dunes, a boardwalk, and a public sports facilities. Amelia Island is 13 miles (21 Km) long and 4 miles (6.4 km) wide lending it a quaint close-knit, low-key Southern community vibe.  Amelia Island Trail is a hiking trail and part of a 3,000-mile long natural trail system, connecting the island all the way north to Maine. This breathtaking island has an abundance of sand beaches providing the perfect backdrop for beach activities, fishing, golfing, hiking, shopping, and dining. Incredible resorts and vacation rentals abound on Amelia Island.  There are tons of things to do. Not to be missed is the Main Beach Park, the Historic District, the seven golf courses on this tiny island, the Nature Center at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, whale watching, unspoiled beaches, and endangered wildlife. Amelia Island hosts coastal festivals such as the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, Film Festival, Chamber Music Festival, Blues Festival, Concours de'Elegance (classic cars), Petanque (sport), and the Island of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival to name a few. 

CITIES

Fernandina Beach 

Found on the northern tip of Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach is rich in history and Southern charm. It covers 11 square miles and has the largest population on the island of a little over 12,000. This is where you can find the largest selection of grocery stores and restaurants on the island. This little community is the heart of the island hosting the Shrimp Festival among many others. It has a relaxed low key atmosphere. Take a horse carriage through the 50-block Historic District and admire the 19th-century mansions. Catch a boat tour from out of one of the marinas. Fort Clinch State Park is found just north of Fernandina Beach with the best preserved 19th-century fort in the U.S.A. Many endangered animals call this state park home.

Amelia City

The closest city to the Fernandina Beach Municipal airport and has a hub of shops, grocery store, and restaurants. This area is home to luxury condos and resorts with challenging golf courses close to the beach.

American Beach

Founded in 1935 by Florida's first African American millionaire. It was used as a retreat for Abraham Lincoln Lewis' employees. Now a quaint village full of period homes by the sea. It is an idyllic getaway for some peace and quiet. Franklintown is located in the southern half of Amelia Island showcasing newer homes and condos built from 1970 onwards. There are a multitude of golf courses, nature trails and opportunities to horseback ride directly on the beach.

HIGHLIGHTS OF AMELIA ISLAND

  • There are thirteen miles of sandy beaches stretching from Fort Clinch State Park all the way down to Amelia Island State Park at the southern end with 40 public beach access points.
  • Amelia Island beaches are truly special offering volleyball courts, picnic areas, shelling, eco-tours, yoga and even horseback riding. Your furry family member is welcome here too.
  • Fort Clinch State Park hosts daily tours and boasts six miles of trails for biking and hiking. There is a fishing pier as well as a beach for swimmers, sunbathers, and beachcombers.
  • Visit Florida's oldest lighthouse circa 1838, called Amelia Island Light, located on the northern end of the island. Open Saturdays 11 am - 2 pm.
  • Enjoy Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, a lovely Victorian seaport village filled with funky and eclectic shops, watering holes, and restaurants.
  • Take a stroll down the Boardwalk at Main Beach Park in the city of Fernandina Beach.
  • Don't miss the multitude of festivals throughout the year on this tiny island. Enjoy the Isle of 8 Flags Shrimp Festival, Nature Festivals, Music Festivals, Car Shows and Food Festivals.
  • Fishing, sailing, and boating are a huge part of Amelia Island life so be sure to book a charter and enjoy fishing, snorkeling and swimming in the Atlantic ocean. 
  • There is an abundance of golf courses in the area that cater to golfers of all levels, check out the Amelia Island Plantation, Golf Club of Amelia, Fernandina Beach Golf Club, and Amelia River Golf Club.
  • Best Suited for outdoorsy types, such as active families, fishermen, golfers, and snowbirds.

THINGS TO DO ON AMELIA ISLAND

Amelia Island is a truly special place, perfectly suited for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, and golfers. Here’s a handy list of things to do to help you find out if it’s the perfect fit for your next vacation. 

  • 13-miles of sandy beaches, rivers and nature sanctuaries
  • the historic village of Fernandina Beach with ghost tours and horse-drawn carriage rides
  • surfing, skim boarding, body boarding, SUP boarding
  • fishing (beach, boat and pier fishing)
  • boating (sailing, canoeing, kayaking, backwater jet boating, air boating, sunset, dolphin and pirate cruises)
  • diving and snorkeling
  • eco-tours and turtle season
  • parasailing, hand gliding
  • golfing
  • boutique shopping
  • mini putting
  • pirate playground
  • miles and miles of state parks and nature trails
  • abundant of restaurants

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Travelling to Amelia Island

There is an abundance of airports to choose from all within 2 hours of Amelia Island. Whether you live in the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond you are sure to find a final destination close by.

DISTANCE FROM MAJOR NEARBY CITIES

Amelia Island is within a 5 1/2 hour drive from the following cities nearby in the state of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

  • Atlanta, GA - 356 mi/573 km
  • Charleston, SC - 227 mi/365 km
  • Jacksonville, FL - 33 mi/53 km
  • Miami, FL -379 mi/610 km
  • Orlando, FL - 177 mi/285 km
  • Savannah, GA - 127 mi/204 km
  • Tampa, FL - 233 mi/375 km

Jacksonville International Airport - (JAX)

Jacksonville International Airport is the closest airport to Amelia Island. It is about 25 miles (40 km) away. Travel time is approximately 40 minutes. This airport is serviced by the following carriers; United, American, Delta, Allegiant, Southwest, Silver Air Canada and JetBlue. Check available flights with each carrier.

Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport - (MCO)

Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport is on Amelia Island and is the best option for private planes. It is designed to accommodate Gulfstream iV airplanes or smaller. Located at 650 Airport Road, Amelia Island.

Savannah Hilton Head International Airport - (MCO)

The Savannah Hilton Head International Airport is 125 miles (202 km) away from Amelia Island. Travel time is approximately 1 hours and 55 minutes. This airport services the following airline carriers. Air Canada, Allegiant (seasonal), American, Delta, JetBlue, Suncountry (seasonal), United Airlines.

Orlando International Airport - (MCO)

Orlando International Airport is 188 miles (302 km) away from Amelia Island. Travel time is approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes. Be careful of traffic in Orlando, it is a busy city but is also a nice stop for shopping and of course Disney and other amusement parks before arriving on the island. It also has a hotel on site for late night arrivals or early departures. This airport is the second busiest in the state of Florida and services 39 airline carriers. in addition to U.S. and Canadian options, it is the best option for European flights.

Transportation on Amelia Island

There is an abundance of transportation options to get you to Amelia Island from the airports including Uber, taxis, shuttles and limousine services. Most are open 24 hours a day but we highly suggest booking transportation in advance. There is also private island trolley services for additional fees tours include the historic district as well as private functions. 

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