Amelia Island, Florida Review 2018 Updated for 2024

Updated: June 6, 2024

Amelia Island is a place named by Conde Nast one of the world’s top 25 islands, a place where you can enjoy relaxed Florida beaches with a distinct Southern charm, and where you’ll find fascinating history, plenty of outdoor activities, and terrific shopping and dining. I’m Marieve, and welcome to beautiful Amelia Island! Amelia Island, Florida, is located just south of the Georgia/Florida border on the Atlantic Coast and is easy to get to via Jacksonville International Airport. It has a truly fascinating history and rich culture. In fact, Amelia Island is the only place in America to have been under eight different flags at various times throughout its history.

Walk or take a horse-drawn carriage around the Fernandina Beach historic district and see beautiful 19th century historical homes and public buildings, or catch a boat tour from the marina. The historic district is also home to a plethora of dining options from various cafes, to locally owned brewpubs and eateries serving up the freshest Floridian seafood, to al fresco dining venues headed by award-winning chefs. You’ll also find countless charming and eclectic boutiques and antique shops both here and further south on the island at Palmetto Walk Shopping Village.

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Of course, “island time” is synonymous with “beach time,” and Amelia Island has plenty of pristine shores to explore. One of many beach access points is located at Fort Clinch State Park, where you can even sneak in a little more history by touring the best preserved 19th-century fort in the country. Here, amongst the dunes, you’ll find gorgeous trails perfect for hiking or biking, where you can enjoy the lush native vegetation and might even catch a glimpse of some native wildlife like a heron, alligator or nesting sea turtle.

You can also try stand-up paddleboarding, do some surf fishing, or take a self-guided nature walk. You can wander one of the island’s many natural, preserved park beaches or relax on the more manicured resort beaches. There is plenty of opportunity for a romantic stroll and swim or family time collecting seashells. Whether you’re seeking an active, yet relaxed family vacation, or a luxurious couples getaway, you’ll make memories to last a lifetime here on Amelia Island…[/expand] 

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