Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is a coastal retreat for residents and visitors alike. Miles of natural coastlines circumference the shore always reminding you’re on an Island. Lush, brilliant green, marsh grasses are breathtaking at sunset, and a drive down the narrow roads canopied with aging oaks, creates an unparalleled peacefulness.
A beachside bicycle or horseback ride, surf fishing, paddle boarding, or reading a book with your toes in the tide are favorite Island activities. A host of other attractions include casual and fine dining, award-winning spas and golf courses, Big and Little Talbot Island State Parks. The Island offers an extraordinary selection of public and private schools from pre-K through graduation.
Take a walk back in time through the Victorian architecture of Historic Fernandina Beach, while enjoying restaurants and local boutiques with a little something for everyone. Hear all the secrets of the Island’s history and best-preserved architecture on a walking tour, horse-drawn carriage ride, sunset cruise around the Island, or with a visit to the Amelia Island Museum of History or Fort Clinch. It’s a location that’s easy to get to - and hard to forget!
Awards & Accolades
THE TOP 10 ISLANDS IN THE CONTINENTAL U.S. (#6) - Travel + Leisure, 2018
10 MOST ROMANTIC PLACES IN FLORIDA - Coastal Living, 2018
AMELIA ISLAND… AMONG BEST PLACES TO RETIRE - WheretoRetire.com, 2018
AMELIA ISLAND, “IT’S SIMPLY PERFECT” - Atlanta Magazine, 2018
THE BEST ISLANDS IN AMERICA - CNN.com, 2018
COME FOR SUMMER STAY FOREVER (#1) - Coastal Living, 2017
TOP 10 ISLANDS IN THE US (#3) - Conde Nast Traveler RCA, 2017
BEST ROMANTIC GETAWAY - Jezebel - Best of Atlanta, 2017
20 BEST PLACES TO LIVE ON THE COAST - Coastal Living, 2017
9 US BEACH TOWNS WHERE YOU'LL COME FOR SUMMER BUT STAY FOREVER (#1) - Huffington Post, 2017
HAPPIEST SEASIDE TOWN (#4) - Coastal Living, 2017
Best Places to Live - BEST HISTORIC DOWNTOWN - Coastal Living, 2017
TOP BEACHES IN FLORIDA - USA Today, 2017
BEST SMALL TOWNS 2017 (#6) - Southern Living, 2017
Situated on the St. Johns River and nicknamed, “The River City,” Jacksonville is the “big city” available to Amelia Islanders, just a short 30-minute drive away. At first glance, you’ll find its own history, culture, nightlife, dining and shopping that rival other urban areas. Visitors can take advantage of multiple theaters, museums, and live entertainment tours - as well as Sundays at Everbank Field supporting the Jacksonville Jaguars. But, Jacksonville has more to offer than meets the eye!
Known as an international banking and financial powerhouse, Jacksonville has more than 20 institutions on Forbes Global 500 list, leading to substantial growth in the region as a financial and financial technology hub. The city also offers world-class medical facilities, including The Mayo Clinic. Amelia Islanders are at peace that all of their needs are met in the city of Jacksonville, just a short drive away.
The Jacksonville Beaches possess twenty miles of Atlantic Coast. Enjoy the public, pet-friendly beaches and enjoy the water - fishing, kayaking, or diving amongst some of the 30 offshore reefs - in addition to a variety of dining and entertainment options and parks like Hanna Park and Dutton Island Preserve.