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 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.
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.
The closest city to the Fernandina Beach Municipal airport and 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.
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.
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.
Use the search filters on Florida Rental By Owners website to look for accommodations meeting your criteria. This area is currently growing on FLARBO and has some good options. There are currently over 9 properties on Amelia Island listed for rent. There are 7 condominiums advertised out of 9 properties. Some of the properties listed are beachfront locations which make this an ideal beach lover's destination. Some winter travelers are looking for long-term rental options, choosing the long term suitability filter renders 3 rental options for snowbirds.
Currently, prices range from 214$ per night during the low season which typically runs from November 1st to March 1st. You can expect to pay the highest rates during the high-season running from Mid-May through to Mid-August where prices of larger homes can cost over $345 per night. The summer months, June, July, and August are also favorite times for local travelers from the state of Florida, Georgia, Tenessee, South and North Carolina to escape to the coast for cooler breezes and boating.
There is a good selection of vacation rental dwelling types, the majority ranging from condos to private homes:
With the warm weather patterns for most of the year, any time from April through to the end of October are good times to visit Amelia Island. Peak seasons follow the school year and holiday periods with peaks from April to mid-August. The months from September to February are great times for snowbirds to visit at extremely reasonable rates. Off-season from September to the end of February offers the least expensive and quietest times of the year to rent an Amelia Island vacation rental property. During the warmer months, there is an abundance of sports events and activities such as car shows and shrimp festivals.
For those driving in, Hwy. I-95 south take Hwy 200 eastbound as a direct route to Amelia Island, or the I-75 south to I-10 eastbound, north to I-95 then take Hwy. 200 eastbound straight onto Amelia Island. Consider driving these distances from major cities to Amelia Island;
Charlotte, NC - 372 miles
Atlanta, GA - 356 miles
New Orleans, LA - 578 miles
Nashville, TN - 604 miles
Little Rock, AR - 874 miles
Louisville, KY - 775 miles
There is an abundance of airports to choose from all within 2 hours of Amelia Island, Florida. Whether you live in the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond you are sure to find a final destination close by.
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 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.
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 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.
July and August are the warmest months for Amelia Island, Florida with average maximum temperatures of 89-90°F highs. Cooler temperatures prevail in the month of January, where minimum average temperatures at night daily temperature highs are 63°F. The wet season occurs in August. Most people travel to the Amelia Island area for the beaches of the Sea Islands found on the Atlantic ocean temperatures range in the hottest months of June, July, and August around 84°F.
According to area-vibes.com crime rates on Amelia Island are the following: "The overall crime rate in Amelia Island Florida is 7% lower than the national average" making it a great choice for vacationers.
Amelia Island has a good selection of hearty local restaurants. It is a quiet and laid back area with an abundance of Old-Florida style drinking establishments and a great selection of award-winning dining establishments with a large variety of epicurean options. Some favorite restaurants include:
Florida Rental By Owners has a good range of vacation rentals on Amelia Island, Florida including condos, cottages, townhouses, holiday villas, and private homes. The FlaRBO property selection is filled with many properties in Fernandina Beach, Amelia City, and American Beach. We recommend selecting a property based on your needs such as proximity to local piers, beach areas, waterfront dock properties, parking, wheelchair accessible, nearby attractions, and whether or not the property is pet-friendly or boat-friendly.
Yes, if a Beach House is right for you! Most houses on Amelia Island offer amazing location types like proximity to the beach! Some include fun amenities such as pools, hot tubs, outdoor plush seating areas, and astonishing backyard beach views. If this is what you are looking for, then you should rent a beach cottage on Amelia Island.
Of course! Amelia Island accommodations include condominiums that often offer unique amenities and the perfect space rather than an Amelia Island cottage or large private home for example. House rentals are often great for family vacations, larger groups or those who prefer having an entire house and outdoor property to themselves. Amelia Island condo rentals are perfect for smaller families and couples.
Yes! We love our pets and we are sure you do too! FLARBO.com has many pet-friendly Amelia Island rentals. You can use our search feature to narrow down our Amelia Island rental properties to just show those that are pet-friendly.
Amelia Island is a great area that has an abundance of beachfront accommodations. FLARBO.com (Florida Rental By Owners) has many beachfront vacation rentals on Amelia Island. Use our search feature to narrow down our Amelia Island rental properties to just show those that are boat-friendly.
Yes, there are many homes and condos that rent monthly stays on Amelia Island Florida that would be perfect for snowbirds and longer stay guests.