Not all islands are created equal. Nestled off of Florida’s northeast coast, Amelia Island is an exquisite blend of beautiful beaches, natural preserves, and fine dining. With all of its unique offerings, it’s no surprise that visitors have rated Amelia Island as a top destination on both Conde Nast’s and Travel + Leisure’s list of Top 10 U.S. Islands. With over 13 miles of beaches, water sports, nature walks, boating, fishing, luxury resorts, and a five-star restaurant, Amelia Island has something for every traveler. Visit Amelia Island and you’ll see why it’s easy to find, but hard to forget.
Stay: Whether you want a quiet family getaway or a family reunion, Amelia Island accommodates groups of all sizes. Beachfront rentals are great for larger families. If you’re looking for luxury, Amelia’s oceanfront resorts offer a variety of rooms and activities created with families in mind.
Do: Spend the day at the beach playing in the sand, explore a fort, or pretend to be a pirate at Amelia’s Pirate Playground. Take in the beauty of the island on a guided Segway tour. Visit the Nature Center at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, where experienced naturalists lead family-friendly tours. Tennis, golf, and water sports are available all around the island.
Stay: Where canopied live oak trees meet the sea, you’ll find The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. If you’re looking for relaxed elegance, the hotel whose name is synonymous with luxury does not disappoint. Guests enjoy well-appointed accommodations, world-class golf, and exceptional spa experiences in a serene, natural setting.
Do: Get outdoors and hike or bike miles of trails at Fort Clinch. See local wildlife up close with a kayak or paddleboard tour through the marsh. Enjoy the beauty of the waterways as you pilot your own CraigCat boat on a guided interactive tour.
Stay: After a day of adventure, you’ll want a quiet place to recharge. Make yourself at home at The Residence Inn, Amelia Island. Great for weekend or extended stays, you can settle into your suite complete with a kitchen. If you’re looking for something charming and in the center of it all, Amelia Island has several bed and breakfasts where you can experience true Southern hospitality.
Do: Explore the land with a horseback ride on the beach or try your hand at sport fishing with a fishing charter. If you’re up for it, take to the air in a trike-flying tour with Hang Glide USA or enjoy the view as you parachute with SkyDive Amelia.
Stay: Built in 1886 and renovated in 2018, the charming Amelia Schoolhouse Inn offers modern amenities in a quaint historical setting. Located in downtown Fernandina Beach, the inn is just a stroll away from dining, shopping, and the beach.
Do: Take a yoga class on the beach or express your creativity in an art class. Pamper yourself at the world-class resort spas or visit a local one in the downtown area. Tour the Sprouting Project that features an aquaponics greenhouse, organic garden, apiary, and barrel room. Amelia Island has something to appeal to all of your senses.
Family fun? A relaxing getaway? Spending time with nature or seeking some adventure? Amelia Island provides a beautiful backdrop to accommodate a variety of travel plans. Spend time on Amelia Island and you’ll see why your first visit most likely won’t be your last.