13 miles of pristine beaches beckon visitors to Amelia Island - and they are home to animals including several endangered species, including sea turtles. What do you need to know to make sure your trip is a wonderful one? Here's a quick rundown enlivened by some local characters.
- Most importantly, carry off what you carried on. So our beaches can remain a pristine environment, any unattended items left on the beach after 8pm will be removed and destroyed. This is an island-wide ordinance… and intended to insure the welfare of beachgoers and protect the beach, shorebirds and turtles and other endangered species. The company contracted to maintain the beaches is Rollins Snelling. They have set up a dedicated number handle inquiries related to the ordinance and removal of from the beach. Their number is 904-415-4338.
- Stay away from marked turtle nests… and keep a safe distance in the event you happen upon a nesting turtle.
- Also for your safety and that of the nesting sea turtles, please fill in holes and smooth out sandcastles. (There are no treasures for people or turtles who fall into these holes!)
- We also ask that you follow our very important leash law. Every dog can have his day on our beautiful beaches.. as long as they’re on a leash. Pet owners are responsible for immediate cleanup.
- Stay within sight of lifeguards. If in fact you need help, they need to see your location easily.
- Beach Warning Flags are located at each lifeguard stand. Color-coded flags alert you to any of the hazards that could be present.
- Be sure to watch for rip currents. If you see signs of foamy water flowing back out toward the ocean, adjust your swimming area accordingly or ask lifeguards for an update on conditions.
- In the event storms develop, please be sure to heed lightning warnings - which mean take cover promptly before lightning arrives.
If at any time you have questions about our rules, please visit the “Beach Safety” page.
On behalf of Amelia Island, we hope you have a fun, safe and relaxing stay on this enchanted island.