A quick 30-minute ride from Jacksonville will begin your visit to Amelia Island; where golden shores, historical explorations, and endless recreational opportunities all help to consistently rank it among “The Top 10 U.S. Islands”. From the 117 holes scattered through this premier golfing region and the impressively preserved marshlands to the annual Shrimp Festival and 70 distinctive restaurants, it is safe to say that a visit to Amelia Island will keep you far from bored and surely entertained from arrival to departure. You’ll get the chance to explore, swim, kayak,-adventure, or simply spend a nice relaxing evening sitting and watching the sun slowly dip below the horizon. When not enjoying digging your toes into the warm sand, make your way to the historic district where horse-drawn carriage rides and even some friendly pirates await your arrival. Spend the remainder of your time discovering the surrounding natural beauty, finding new trinkets and treasures at the many shops, and merely soaking up all this lovely island has to offer.
Why You’ll Love It
Amelia Island, a primary vacation spot on Florida’s First Coast, is a small town pearl with a rural center. 13 miles of uninterrupted coastline, and beautiful pristine beaches. It’s the ideal bright escape for couples looking for calm and romance, families who need the recognizable solaces of home, and any person who loves to play in warm ocean waters. That’s what’s ahead of you on Amelia Island, a skinny strip of land just 30 minutes from Jacksonville!
Where to Stay
Travelers adore the Elizabeth Pointe Lodge. This 20-room, four-suite B&B is extremely luxurious. It has a very homey feel while still being modern unique. There are beautiful wood-framed lobbies and a friendly lounge area where visitors merge toward the beginning of the day to peruse the paper and talk. Down the beach about 5 miles is the grand Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island Resort. Here there are big rooms, a pool with an ocean-view, and there is even a club for children! On Cumberland Island, Greyfield Inn consistently ranks as one of the top small U.S. hotels. Cumberland Island is extremely exclusive and requires a ferry to get to! Located 3 miles from Amelia Island state park the Omni Hotel & Amelia Island Resort is known for its luxurious accommodations. Every room has an ocean view. There is guest access to 3.5 miles of pristine beach! Don’t miss the luxurious amenities at the Omni Full-Service Spa & Salon. Choose any item from the Spa’s succulent menu and it will delight your senses, enhance mind, body & spirit and leave you feeling revitalized. Omni Spa Menu
Where to go
Amelia Island has something for everyone. Learn about the history of this fabulous island at the Amelia Island Museum of history. Let your daredevil out and take a Speedboat tour of scenic Amelia Island. Visiting Fort Cinch is a must for every traveler. Make sure to take the tour and enjoy one of North Florida’s’ most beautiful state parks. And of course, Amelia Island has beautiful beaches. Whether you enjoy canoeing and horseback riding at Amelia State park or laying on the beach at Fernandina; Amelia Island is bound to please!
Where to Dine & Drink
Amelia Island is a fabulous destination for gourmets and foodies alike. Inside the Ritz Carlton, you will find SALT. SALT is primarily known for their cocktail infusions and the chef tasting menus. Diners also enjoy the southern take on coastal cuisine. David’s Restaurant where resort casual is acceptable; is known for their caviar, rack of lamb, and Chilean sea bass. A romantic night can be had at this age 5 and up restaurant. When you come to Bar Zin Bistro and wine bar make sure you are ready to eat! You will be served a 4-course dinner, including pork tenderloin, wild mushroom ravioli, and Napoleon for dessert. This restaurant is every gourmand’s dream.
Getting There & Getting Around
From Jacksonville International Airport, visitors can reach the best that Amelia Island offers in less than an hour – and less time traveling means more time to enjoy your ocean vacation. Services at JAX include commercial flights as well as both charter and private aviation services. The trip to Amelia Island and the Jacksonville area is made even more enticing when you include the comprehensive selection of ground transportation services offered by Jax Black Car Transportation. With conveniences like airport ‘Meet & Greet’, 24 Hour Concierge Services, and professionals that can whisk you to and from meetings, events, restaurants & anywhere you’d like to go with ease; Jax Black Car infuses luxury into your Amelia Island holiday with their exceptional staff and a growing fleet of luxury vehicles, including a sleek, new Tesla.