Amelia Island is the first barrier island on the North East Florida coast. The island is approximately 2 1/2 miles wide by 14 miles long. To the west of Amelia Island is the Intracoastal Waterway and to the east is the Atlantic Ocean. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, miles of salt marshes, abundant native wildlife, pristine waters, fishing, Fort Clinch and 117 holes of world-class golf from oceanfront links to oak lined fairways, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.
Even the name sounds beautiful and Amelia Island delivers! Amelia ranks among the 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World. Included in its many accolades, in 2016 it was named one of the Ten Best Beaches in Florida by Conde Nast Traveler and #3 of Top Ten Best Coastal Small Towns in a Reader’s Choice Poll by USA Today. Amelia has been one of Florida’s best kept secrets.
Amelia Island is an easy 35 miles from downtown Jacksonville, Florida via I-95. The Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), which is located north of Jacksonville proper, is 29 miles from the island. This convenience means Amelia Island offers the quiet of a small island while providing convenience of the big city.
History abounds on Amelia Island in the town of Fernandina Beach which embodies slow Southern charm, with stately Victorian homes and a historical perspective of the old southern era. It has an unparalleled charm and ambiance you won’t find elsewhere in Florida. The downtown area’s walking district grid offers unique boutique shopping with many casual and fine dining establishments including authentic Italian, Asian Fusion plus some of the South’s best fried shrimp and grouper. The Fernandina Harbor Marina makes traveling afar or on a simple day-trip by boat convenient and idyllic.
Pirates also called Amelia Island home and some say there is buried treasure that still lies unclaimed on the island. In the last 400 years, Amelia Island can boast of being the only location in the U. S. to have been governed under eight different flags – French, Spanish, English, Patriots, Green Cross of Florida, Mexican Rebel Flag and the U. S. flag which has flown from 1821 to the present, except during the Civil War when the Confederate flag flew at Fort Clinch from April 1861 to March 1862.