Amelia Island Visitor's Guide

Where To Eat, Shop, Play, And Stay On Amelia Island

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About Amelia Island

What's Great About About Amelia Island, FL?

Known for being the Island of 8 Flags, Amelia 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- making it a cultural cocktail with a vibrant and adventurous history! 

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.

This breathtaking area has an abundance of sand beaches providing the perfect backdrop for beach activities, fishing, golfing, hiking, shopping, and dining, and vacation rentals abound.

Cities in Amelia Island

Cities On Amelia Island + Nearby Cities

Amelia Island boasts a trio of charming cities:

Amelia City

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

Fernandina Beach 

Found on the northern tip, Fernandina Beach is rich in history and Southern charm. It covers 11 sq ml's 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. 

American Beach

Founded in 1935 by Florida's first African American millionaire, American Beach 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 is a multitude of golf courses, nature trails, and opportunities to horseback ride directly on the beach.

Cities Near Amelia Island, FL:
  • Atlantic Beach, FL 
  • Jacksonville, FL 
  • Jacksonville Beach, FL
  • Palm Valley, FL
  • Orange Park, FL
What Is The Zip Code? 32034
What Is The Area Code? 904
Which County Is Amelia Island In? Nassau County
Amelia Island Vacation Rentals

Amelia Island Vacation Rentals

Highlights of Amelia Island

What's Great About Amelia Island?

  • Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival: This annual festival celebrates the island's rich maritime heritage with delicious seafood, live music, arts and crafts, and a festive atmosphere.
  • Concours d'Elegance: Car enthusiasts flock to Amelia Island each year for this prestigious automotive event, showcasing classic and luxury cars against the backdrop of stunning ocean views.
  • Fort Clinch State Park: History buffs and nature lovers alike will enjoy exploring this well-preserved 19th-century fort, which offers guided tours, hiking trails, and scenic picnicking spots.
  • Amelia Island Historic District: Take a stroll through the island's charming historic district, filled with Victorian architecture, quaint shops, and cozy cafes.
  • Fernandina Beach: Relax on the pristine beaches of Fernandina Beach, known for its soft sands and tranquil waters perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports.
  • Pirate's Punch Cocktail Cruise: Embark on a fun and adventurous pirate-themed cruise around the island, complete with rum cocktails, pirate tales, and stunning sunset views.
  • Amelia Island Jazz Festival: Music lovers can groove to the smooth sounds of jazz during this multi-day festival, featuring performances by renowned jazz musicians in various venues across the island.

Things to do in Amelia Island

You Won't Want To Miss These!

Top Things To Do

  • 13-miles of sandy beaches, rivers, and nature sanctuaries: Explore the pristine coastline, tranquil rivers, and protected wildlife habitats along Amelia Island's extensive shoreline.
  • Surfing, skim boarding, body boarding, SUP boarding: Ride the waves or glide over the water's surface with a variety of exciting water sports options.
  • Fishing (beach, boat, and pier fishing): Cast your line from the shore, a boat, or a pier to reel in a variety of fish species found in the island's surrounding waters.
  • Boating (sailing, canoeing, kayaking, backwater jet boating, air boating, sunset, dolphin, and pirate cruises): Set sail or paddle through picturesque waterways, choosing from a range of boating experiences including serene sunset cruises, playful dolphin encounters, and adventurous pirate-themed outings.
  • Diving and snorkeling: Discover vibrant marine life and underwater landscapes while diving or snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters off Amelia Island's coast.
  • Eco-tours and turtle season: Embark on guided eco-tours to learn about the island's diverse ecosystems and wildlife, including the opportunity to witness nesting sea turtles during turtle season.
  • Parasailing, hand gliding: Soar high above the island's scenic vistas with thrilling parasailing or hand gliding adventures.
  • Miles and miles of state parks and nature trails: Immerse yourself in the island's natural beauty by exploring its vast network of state parks and nature trails, perfect for hiking, birdwatching, and wildlife spotting.
  • Mini Putting: Enjoy a fun-filled game of mini golf, perfect for families and groups looking for a leisurely outdoor activity with a touch of friendly competition.

Things To Do Indoors When It Rains

  • Marlin and Barrel Distillery: hand-made products crafted with local ingredients, tours and samples available on site
  • The Maritime Museum of Amelia Island: full of artifacts to view dating back to the 1600s, learn about the days of pirates and discover gold treasure
  • Island Vintage Market: bring home a souvenir after browsing the plethora of eclectic vintage goodies
  • Island Art Association: island-inspired pieces you can take home to commemorate your trip
  • Amelia Island Escape Rooms: challenge your puzzle-solving skills with your travel buddies and have some fun inside

Golf Courses

  • Ocean Links at Amelia Island Plantation: Offers stunning ocean views and challenging play along the Atlantic coast.
  • Oak Marsh at Amelia Island Plantation: Known for its scenic marshland setting and challenging layout designed by Pete Dye.
  • Long Point Golf Course at Amelia Island Club: A private course with beautiful landscapes and strategic water hazards.
  • Amelia River Golf Club: Features picturesque marsh views and a layout suitable for players of all skill levels.
  • Fernandina Beach Golf Club: A public course offering affordable rates and a classic design surrounded by natural beauty.
  • The Golf Club at North Hampton: A championship course with rolling fairways and meticulously maintained greens.
  • Royal Amelia Golf Links: Offers Scottish-style links golf with panoramic views of the marsh and Intracoastal Waterway.

Romantic Things To Do For Couples

  • The Spa at Omni Amelia Island Resort: unwind with your partner after booking a couples massage
  • George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park: take a stroll down the pier at dusk to watch the sun go down together, the spot makes for beautiful pictures too
  • Amelia Island Horse-Back Riding: try something new together and go horse-back riding along the beach
  • Restaurants at the Ritz-Carlton: spoil your partner to a special dinner at one of two restaurants at Amelia Island's Ritz-Carlton
  • On the Water Adventures: Captain Carol comes highly recommended, book a private boat tour with your partner to learn about Amelia Island land & sea, chances of spotting dolphins are high!
  • Fernandina Beach: relax by the ocean and sunbathe together at Fernandina Beach

Kid & Family-Friendly Things To Do

  • Main Beach: Take the family to Main Beach for a day of fun under the sun, great spot for shelling
  • Pirate Playground: The kids will enjoy this large playground, they'll stay occupied with the many structures found there
  • Amelia Adventures & Kayak: Discover Amelia Island's wildlife on a kayak tour between the mangroves
  • Fernandina Beach Pinball Museum: Get nostalgic and teach the kids how to work the pinball machine, with over 20 games to choose from
  • Amelia Island Carriages: Go on a land tour by horse carriage through the island's historic district

Things To Do Unique On Amelia Island

  • Amelia Island Historic District: This historical area full of shops, restaurants and more, the various signs around different buildings lay out the unique history of Amelia Island. Check out the ghost tours and horse-drawn carriage rides!
  • Amelia Musical Playhouse: This venue hosts a variety of spectacular performances throughout the year
  • Fernandina Farmers' Market: Load up and feast on the local, fresh and delicious produce found at this market
  • Shrimping Museum: Educate yourself on the maritime history of Amelia Island, particularly its shrimping traditions, by making a stop at this spot
  • Eight Flags Antique Market: Sitting on one of Amelia Island's main streets, this shop is brimming with antique treasures
  • Fort Clinch State Park: This monument has stood the test of time, stroll through the fort and visit the on-site museum

Explore Amelia Island

Favorite Restaurants And Shopping On Amelia Island

Shopping on Amelia Island

The Historic District is the best place on Amelia Island to do some shopping; the following are just a few examples of the wide variety of stores located in this area:

  • Hawaiian Soap & Trading Company: ethically-sourced, environmentally-friendly, and hand-made soaps crafted by local artisans
  • Story & Song Neighborhood Bookstore: buy a few books or even read a few books at the shop with a cup of coffee or glass of wine in hand
  • Amelia Surf Company: if you're into surfing or skating, this is the spot for you; check out their gear and beach apparel
  • Monkey Barrel: take the kids to this local children's store for toys
  • Christmas Shop On The River: 'tis the season... even in the summertime! Head to this xmas decor store so you're ready when the holiday comes
  • Olive Amelia: sample a delicious selection of pure and infused olive oils sourced from around the globe, and aged balsamic vinegars
  • Twisted Sisters: ladies, this is the place to go for your island apparel and coastal home decor

Dining On Amelia Island:

Top Dining Spots 

  • Salty Pelican Bar & Grill
  • Down Under Restaurant
  • Beach Diner Fernandina Beach
  • Salt Life Food Shack
  • Timoti's Seafood Shak

Places That Will Deliver

  • Natural Slice Pizza and Surf Shop: yummy and affordable pizza can be delivered right to your door from this place
  • Surcheros Fresh Mex: here, Southwestern and Mexican cuisine is offered with classic goods such as burritos bowls, and quesadillas
  • Stephanie's Sugar & Spice Cafe: a step up from your average cafe; be sure to order the prosciutto-wrapped figs or rustic apple tart

Best Breakfast & Brunch Spots

  • Beach Diner: this place will remind you of a classic American breakfast; take your meal outside to their patio too
  • Patio Place: this spot prides itself on taking inspiration from different countries' cuisine to craft their meals, and serves locally roasted coffee
  • Coast: enjoy your breakfast or brunch while overlooking the seashore

Local Lunch Eateries You Don't Want To Miss!

  • Tavern By AIBC: a place for all ages, but offers the best beer from Amelia Island's Brewing Company; enjoy a drink in this NYC loft atmosphere
  • Brett's Waterway Cafe: bask in the sun by the water with a refreshing drink in your hand from Brett's and a delicious lunch
  • Aloha Bagel & Deli: if you're looking for something quick, try Aloha's for bagels, sandwiches, salads, and sweets

Are There Bars Or Clubs On Amelia Island?

  • The Decantery: all (legal) ages gather at this bar for unique cocktails, beer, and by the glass wine, accompanied by little cakes
  • Sheffield's at The Palace: the place to club in Amelia Island is at Sheffield's, offering all types of drinks, different events, and a great DJ

Where To Find Vacation Rentals On Amelia Island, FL

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Transportation for Amelia Island

Traveling To And Around Amelia Island

Flying 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.

Jacksonville International Airport - (JAX)

Jacksonville International Airport is the closest airport to Amelia Island. It is about 40 minutes travel time. This airport is serviced by the following carriers; United, American, Delta, Allegiant, Southwest, Silver Air Canada, and JetBlue. Check available flights with each carrier. Car rentals are available.

Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport - (FHB)

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 - (SAV)

The Savannah Hilton Head International Airport 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. Car rentals are available.

Orlando International Airport - (MCO)

Orlando International Airport. 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. Rental cars are available.

Driving To Amelia Island

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

Distance from Major Nearby Cities

  • 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

Transportation on Amelia Island

If you're on Amelia Island without a car 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.

  • If you decide to rent a car while on Amelia Island Hertz Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car have locations on the island.
  • Another way to get around Amelia Island is by bike! There are several bike rental options, choose the one nearest you.
  • Happy out on the water? From sailing excursions, charters, powerboats, and kayak rentals there is a multitude of choices to get out there.

Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations - EV

  • Fernandina Beach Central Library 25 N 4th St

Statistics about Amelia Island

4+ Properties for rent

Prices range from $97/night

Weather for Amelia Island

What Weather To Expect On Amelia Island

December through January are the coolest months on Amelia Island Florida but it still suits many snowbirds from northern states.

The Best Time to Visit Amelia Island, FL:

Spring through Fall have the perfect temperatures for outdoor activities and beach days.

The Rainy Season on Amelia Island, FL:

February, June, July, August, and September. On average, August is the wettest month and November is the driest month.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season, including Amelia Island, FL:

Is from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. However, there have only been three hurricane-strength storms to pass near Amelia Island in the last 155 years

The average humidity in Amelia Island, FL:

Ranges from 72-79% 


FAQs about Amelia Island

Answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Amelia Island is not a college spring break destination, it is family oriented
Amelia Island is great to retire to. The pace is slower here, but there's also great access to services - medical and convenient transportation. Amelia Island also offers lots of shopping, activities, and restaurants.
Yes! Amelia Island is great for any age, including kids. There are many activities to keep youngsters from 6 months to 16 years busy.
Amelia Island is a great for couples to reconnect and recharge. Enjoy fine dining, spa days, beach days, and outdoor activities
Amelia Island loves pets! Many restaurants allow dogs in their outdoor seating area, shops often have water bowls for passing pooches, and leashed dogs are welcome on the beaches.
You're in luck! You can find vacation rentals by owner right here on Florida Rental By Owner (FLARBO)! Our rental listings are 100% managed by the property owner. Ditch the pesky third-party fees and interference - no middle man (Or woman) here!
Yes! We have many subscription levels to advertise your vacation rental to suit any budget. Our Book Direct, No Commission Fee Subscription Model suits the majority of short-term rental owners, find out more here

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