Located along Florida’s northeast coast, Amelia Island and its vacation rentals have long been a beloved destination for local, national, and international visitors. As one of the southernmost Sea Islands—a chain of tidal and barrier islands on the U.S.’s Atlantic Ocean coast—the seaport community is home to natural, outdoor, and cultural attractions in equal measure.
Amelia Island boasts crystal-clear waters and over 20 kilometres of golden-sand beaches, where popular activities include sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing, as well as riding horseback along the shore. Kayaking, deep-sea fishing, and scuba diving are common water sports in the area. Golfing enthusiasts will be well served with the island’s 117 holes, which include a PGA tournament course. Several state parks and trails provide opportunities to catch glimpses of manatees, sea turtles, and whales, and dolphins may be spotted from the seashore.
With over 400 years of documented history under eight different flags, Amelia Island is a treasure trove of culture and heritage, as exhibited by historic Fernandina Beach and the Amelia Island Museum of History. Quaint Centre Street offers shopping in a Victorian setting, with an eclectic collection of shops and boutiques, and galleries selling the works of local artists. The island hosts an array of annual events, such as the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, and the Amelia Island Jazz Festival.
With its pristine beaches, native wildlife, diverse recreations, and central location (just a 30 minutes’ drive northeast of Jacksonville International Airport), it should come as no surprise that Amelia Island has consistently ranked among the “Top 10 U.S. Islands,” as voted by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine.+ More