Amelia Island Travel Guide
Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, Amelia...
Guns on the fort walls
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...
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...
Visit local churches ........and graveyards
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...
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...
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...
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...
Take the Mayport ferry over to Amelia Island
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...
The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
3 Reviews and 804 Opinions The service is splendid. However, in inclement weather neither the hotel nor the Island has much to...
Amelia Island Plantation Inn
4 Reviews and 291 Opinions We arrived to find they"lost" our reservation so we waited for 2 hours to have a room cleaned! The...
J.D.'s Chop House: 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...
The Loop Pizza Grill: 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...
Relax and Ride Transportation in Amelia Island
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...
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...
Beadlemania: 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...
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...
Do not believe the propaganda
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.
Updated Apr 20, 2004
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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