Amelia Island, Florida

Amelia Island, FL
Photo by Melissa Hillier/Flickr

Amelia Island is a 13-mile-long paradise that is one of Florida's most highly rated beach community.

Bordering the Florida-Georgia line, and just 30 miles from Jacksonville, Amelia Island is one of the premier beach communities in the USA. The island features pristine beaches in a historically rich community, accommodations ranging from luxurious resorts to boutique bed and breakfasts, a variety of dinning and shopping options, and a Florida State Park offering beach and ecotourism activities while also protecting over 200 acres of unspoiled wilderness.

Amelia Island is also one of the few places on the east coast that offers horseback riding on the beach, and riding tours along the shoreline.

2013 awards for Amelia Island include:

  • TripAdvisors Top 10 USA Islands
  • Condé Nast Traveler's Reader's Choice Awards Top 10 North American Islands
  • Condé Nast Traveler's Reader's Choice Awards Top 25 Islands in the World
  • Parents Magazine 10 Best Beach Towns
  • Travel + Leisure Romantic Beach Getaways
  • Travel + Leisure America's Favorite Towns

Events

Amelia Island is host to several annual events attracting thousands of people to the community each year, while adding to the historical and cultural charm of Amelia Island.

Events hosted by Amelia Island include the Amelia Island Book Festival, Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Amelia Island Jazz Festival, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Amelia Island Film Festival, Amelia Island Blues Festival, Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance (an automotive charitable event), and Pétanque America Open (a form of boules).

Amelia Island State Park

Amelia Island State Park is at the southern tip of Amelia Island.

Besides being one of the few places on the east coast you can rides horses on the beach and along the shoreline, the Amelia Island State Park is perfect for walking the beach and shelling, watching wildlife, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

Day at the Beach: Amelia Island

Links

Fernandina Beach, Florida Government: Official City of Fernandina Beach, FL government website.

Amelia Island State Park

Amelia Island Museum of History

Wikipedia: Information about Amelia Island, FL.

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