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
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
BEST COASTAL SMALL TOWN (#3) - Fernandina Beach - USA Today - 2016
TOP 10 ISLANDS IN THE U.S. - Trip Advisor 2016
10 BEST BEACHES IN FLORIDA - 2016 Conde Nast Traveler
TOP 10 US ISLANDS (#5) – USA Today Travel, 2014
11 SMALL FLORIDA TOWNS YOU NEED TO VISIT (#11) - Buzzfeed.com 2014
AMERICA’S FAVORITE BEACH TOWNS (#3) – Travel & Leisure, 2014
AMERICA’S MOST ROMANTIC TOWNS (#3) – Travel & Leisure, 2014
AMERICA'S QUIRKIEST TOWNS (#19) – Travel & Leisure, 2014
BEST BEACH TOWNS IN FLORIDA – HuffingtonPost.com, 2014
TOP 25 GOLF ISLANDS IN THE WORLD (#13) - LINKS Magazine, 2014
Just a half-hour drive south, Jacksonville is the “big city” available to Amelia Islanders. Full of its own history, culture, nightlife, dining and shopping, Jacksonville overflows with urban appeal. Situated on the St. Johns River and nicknamed, “The River City,” it radiates natural beauty and is known for its State Parks and is home to the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and The University of North Florida. Visitors enjoy a roster of cultural events including multiple theaters, museums, and live entertainment tours. With 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 a short drive away.
Twenty miles of Atlantic Coast belong to the Jacksonville Beaches. Full of entertainment, visitors play beach volleyball, surf, fish from the Jacksonville Beach Pier, or enjoy the party in front of the seaside stage. A favorite destination is Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park which offers a 60-acre freshwater lake that begs for picnics and paddleboats.