Amelia Island Travel Guide

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Amelia Island Things to Do

  • Fernandina Beach -- historic pirate...

    The northern third of Amelia Island is dominated by the historic pirate town of Fernandina Beach, birthplace of the modern shrimping industry. Much of the red brick architecture along Centre Street reflects the 1800s and early 1900s. Today, a number of interesting shops and restaurants add to the street's allure. While Fernandina is normally a...

  • Decorate the Beach

    Everybody seems to have their own idea of how to "decorate" the beach. Some might call it "relaxing" and others might call it playing on the beach. Whatever you wish to call it,just enjoy and find the child in you. Go ahead and dig that moat or build that sand castle orbury your friend in sand up to his head. Or perhaps walk your doggie. Or creat...

  • Ride your Bike on the Beach

    Walking or riding a bike on the beach is considered very relaxing by many people worldwide. While on Amelia Island, I spotted these two ladies riding their bikes and asked permission to take their picture. They said they are Amish.....a religious sect.....and of course their attire reflected the Amish tradition. The Amish tend to be a very , very...

  • Stroll the downtown area.....

    One of America's oldest pubs exists in downtown Fernandina Beach. Outside is a statue of Dick Tracy.....don't ask me why. I don't know!!! But all the tourists have their picture taken next to the statue. There are all kinds of speciality shops lining the main streets of town. Everything from fancy resort clothing, shells, shoes, ice cream shops,...

  • Visit local churches ........and...

    Amelia Island has both the long established churches such as the Episcopal Church on the main street of town and some brand new churches such as the First Baptist Church. At least the building of the First Baptist is new. The membership/church body has been in existance for many years. One fine sunny afternoon, the accompanying photo was taken of...

  • Take a Sunset Cruise on Amelia River

    You can watch the sun come up over the Atlantic Ocean in the morning and then scoot over tothe western side of the island and watch the sun set over the Amelia River in the evening. There is a tour company which operates out of the harbor and offers sunset cruises. This cruise will take you past Cumberland Island, which is a very tiny island that...

  • Amelia Island Charter Fishing LLC

    We went fishing with Amelia Island Charter Fishing LLC our Capt. Jeff Crumpton did a great job putting us on fish and entertaining the kids too! My husband is a fly caster, but we did not mention this. Capt. Jeff is a Orvis guide as well, we will be back to fish for redfish on what Capt. Crumpton called the flood tides and the winter time schooled...

  • Local Coastal Decor

    While visiting Amelia Island, take a moment to visit one of the local furniture shops and get a feelfor the local flavor of decorating. That "coastal" breezy feeling permeates a lot of Florida's decor and you will see billowy fabrics on the screened porches, also known as "lanai's" , lots of white fabrics, lots of blues, perhaps some shells, and...

  • Take the Mayport ferry over to Amelia...

    If you are driving to Amelia Island from the Mayport, Florida area, it is a treat to take the ferryover the inland waterway to Amelia Island. Mayport has a large Naval base nearby and while waiting for the ferry you may be lucky enough to see a squadron of heilcopters high in the air, practicing their maneuvers. Once the ferry docks, all waiting...


Amelia Island Hotels

Amelia Island Restaurants

  • Great Deli on Amelia Island

    We actually had lunch twice on our visit. The sandwiches were good but not the normal large deli portions. Sitting outside with the lake and fountain made it a good location. The grandchildren - toddlers loved feeding the turtles at the lake. The waitress told our grandson if he cleaned his plate she'd give him some bread to feed the turtles and...

  • Skip J.D.'s Chop House

    The place is unbelievably loud. There is a large bar right adjacent to the dining area and the locals surround the bar and the noise is unbelievable. We waited 70 minutes and all we were served were our drinks..small and $7.00 each and bowls of luke warm soup. We finally got up and paid for the soup and drinks and left. Avoid this...

  • Pizza Place

    This is a chain of franchises with headquarters in Jacksonville which is mostly in Florida, but also has some locations in Georgia, and NC.My sister and BIL had a car, and they were able to drive us to things that were farther from town than we could walk. But my BIL had just been very sick with a high fever and didn't feel like eating very much,...

  • Go off premises

    Don't waste your time and money at the Plantation restaurants. More interesting dining can be had in Fernandina Beach. I strongly recommend the Beech Street Grill for upscale dining. While Sonny's Barbacue is a thrifty place for the family.I stopped in for breakfast at the Marche Burette and I guess I paid for the fancy name. A bagel and a very...

  • At the Spa & Shops at Amelia Island...

    This is actually a gourmet food market which also has indoor and outdoor seating for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are other restaurants here including one called PLAE (the A has a long A mark over it) but I don't think they have outside seating. My sister and BIL stayed here.

  • Le Clos - a Provencale...

    Le Clos - a Provencale restaurant with candlelit tables. Chef Katherine Ewing trained at Le Cordon Bleu,holds degrees from L'Ecole de Gastonomie Française Ritz-Escoffier Paris, and has trained at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France. Well, that's impressive!!! Extensive wine list.


Amelia Island Transportation

  • Relax and Ride Transportation in Amelia...

    Relax and Ride drivers are available anytime to give courteous service to anyone who needs a ride or advice on restaurants and activities on the island. My friends and I had a great time on our trip to Fernandina/Amelia Island, and will call them for transportation on our next visit.

  • Fly In/Out, Sail In/Out or Rent a Car

    The first five times we came to Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, we came by boat. The sixth time we drove in our own car.I was never aware that Amelia Island had an airport until I was renting a car to drive back to Maryland from Fort Lauderdale, and just by chance I found that there were car rental places on the island and they were at the...

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Amelia Island Shopping

  • Great Accessories Shop

    Beadlemania is a great little shop on 8th street near downtown Fernandina. The owner is a lovely lady who is very knowledgeable about trends, jewelry, and accessories. Beadlemania is not only an accessories and gift store, it is also a destination for learning about the art of beading. You can learn all about stones and beads. You can even take a...

  • Hotel Shops

    This is a whole bunch of shops in the resort. It includes Cooper's Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts (904-432-2214), Jackson Pierce Fine Jewelry and Gifts (904-321-2001), North Beach Gallery (art, and framing), Amelia's Signature Shop, Harrison's Mercantile (fashion and accessories), Private Gallery (fashion jewelry, sandals, purses, hats and...

  • Men's Wear

    I took this picture because my grandson's nickname is Cody. In addition to the shops along Center Street, there's a couple of shopping centers outside of town, and including Eight Flags Antiques Market and Warehouse (2 locations), Amelia Plaza, Island Walk, Sadler Square and Palmetto Walk Shopping Village.


Amelia Island Local Customs

  • Florida lizard

    There are a lot of people who take up birdwatching as a hobby, but do you know anyone who is a lizard watcher? Why not. What's wrong with lizards. I think they are fascinating. Unfortunately, they are often times skittish so it is hard to get a good profile photo of a lizard. I suppose when you appear to be a tasty meal to an owl or a night heron...

  • Flowers are a welcome sight

    The Amelia Island Plantation might be a bit tourist, a bit snooty and definitely overpriced, but I must say that the grounds are beautiful. Lots of flowers: azaleas, dogwoods, lilys, magnolia, crape myrtle. All welcome to weary midwestern eyes that have seen nothing but snowscapes over the previous four months.

  • The Great Blue Heron

    I'm a big fan of wading birds and the great blue heron is among my favorites. Watching a heron in flight is amazing. The great blue stands four feet tall and its wingspan can be over six feet. When I watch a great blue heron in flight I often think about teradactyls and what they must have looked like in flight eons ago.


Amelia Island Tourist Traps

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    Do not believe the propaganda

    by zrim Updated Apr 20, 2004

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    The Amelia Island Plantation promotes a wildlife and nature center on premises. Quite an exaggeration. There is a small deck overlooking a pond (the pond doubles as a water hazard on the golf course) and there is a small hut that has minimal information on wildlife that can be spotted on the grounds. But in no way, shape or form can the deck and adjoining hut be called a nature center--not when golf carts speed down the fairways only twenty yards away and not when the fancy shops and gallerias lie twenty yards in the opposite direction. An oak tree and a puddle do not a nature center make--at least not in my book.

    sassy cardinal jeering at the nature center
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Amelia Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Boat Tours, and Cruises

    The little fake steamboat in the picture is the Ryan K. It does a relaxing cruise along the beautiful Amelia River and St. Mary's River. The boat on the right edge of the picture is the "Cumberland Princess" which does three hour dinner cruises from the Fernandina Beach Marina north on the Amelia River to Cumberland Island. The cruise includes old...

  • Easter Crosses on Pine Trees

    If you are anywhere in the South just before Easter, look at the new growth of our Southern Pines. You will see what looks like crosses, symbolizing Christ's death on the cross and resurrection on Easter. Look closely at the new growth of this pine tree and you can see the cross. Each year this happens and is a reminder of God and his gift of...

  • Fort Clinch

    Each time we go from Georgia to Florida, we see this Fort. In the beginning I was calling it Fort Clink (like Col. Clink in Hogan's Hero's). Actually it was named for General Duncan Lamont Clinch, an important figure in Florida's Seminole War of the 1830s. We haven't been from the boat because it is a bit too far to walk from the city as it is 16...


Amelia Island Sports & Outdoors

  • North Amelia Island Boat Ramp

    North Amelia Island Park/Ramp - park, with three-lane ramp, other amenities (like bathrooms - third photo), good access to St. Mary's River entrance. There also appears to be a fishing pier. Two pictures are from the river and the other three are from the boat ramp area on land.There's also a ramp at the foot of Ash St., downtown Fernandina Beach:...

  • MM 716.5 Fernandina Harbor

    When we first came down in Dec 2000, I wrote: "This is a municipal marina. Their rates vary by the season. In season (Oct to Dec 15th) it is $1.00/foot. I think in the summer it is 95 cents a foot and in the winter it is 90 cents a foot. They have a seasonal rate of $5/foot for a week. Dockage is cheaper for local residents, and they do have a...

  • MM 715.0 Tiger Point Marina & Boat Works

    Tried to stay here on our first trip in 2000, but they wouldn't answer either the phone or the VHF. So we've never tried since then. They have a repair facility, a chandlery, pumpout, showers, and a nearby restaurant. They are about a 5 minute walk from town. They are no longer in the guidebook I have so they may not accept transients. I took...


Amelia Island Favorites

  • Watsu® - Massage in water

    My BIL described this process to us, and Bob's reaction was that I should never ever sign him up for something like this. But my BIL seemed to really like it."Litho-Cal-Salt GlowYou will then experience an aromatic body exfoliating treatment with a dual purpose: as the surface of your skin is polished and cleansed, impurities and dead cells are...

  • Bike Paths

    Ok. I've been accused of being a little bit grumpy about my stay at the Plantation on AMelia Island. So I will give credit where credit is due. They do have a great system of bike/pedestrian paths. There are seven miles of trails that meander through the sometimes jungle-like property. Bicycles are available for rent at about $25 per day.

  • Highrises on the beach

    I'm not really a fan of hanging out on the beach. A walk along the shore can be nice a couple times a year, but nothing is as boring to me as plopping down in a beach chair and letting the sun do a number on your skin all day long. Give me forests, marshes and jungles anytime.Then there is the matter of all the people you must share the beach with...


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