Modern Southern Charm

Lonely Planet visits Amelia Island

"Amelia Island, nuzzling up to the Georgia border at the Atlantic coast, remains one of Florida's best-kept secrets. Settled since the Timucua Indians first arrived here a thousand years ago, no fewer than eight nations' flags have flown over Amelia since 1562, while the island’s central town of Fernandina Beach boasts an array of lovingly preserved Southern Victorian architecture. Combine that with 13 miles of pristine beaches and countless hectares of nature reserves, along with a thoroughly contemporary approach to some classic regional cuisine, and you’ll see what sets this gracious Southern Belle apart."

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16 Things to do in 2016

On Amelia Island, you can do as much (or as little) as you want. Start thinking of your next trip with these 16 ideas, inspired by travelers via TripAdvisor reviews and Facebook. Explore the outdoors or travel back through history, get adventurous on the water or on land, try something new (or check something off your wish list.) Here's to a year full of experiences.

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A Family Travel Guide

Amelia Island is the perfect family getaway for a classic beach vacation with an enchanted atmosphere and fascinating history. Enjoy 13 miles of uncrowded beaches, ample green space, abundant family events, and activities for all ages. Pets are welcome, too.

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About Amelia Island

Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.

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To kick off your holiday weekend, we'll share a special treat: #ameliaisland will host the 2016 Florida International Dog Surfing Championship March 25 - 27. Amongst the pictured, Booker D Surfdog.

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