National Plan For Vacation Day - "It's An Island Thing"

January 25, 2023
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"National Plan for Vacation Day is celebrated annually on the last Tuesday in January. It is a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the whole year at the start of the year—and inspire them to use those days to explore the USA."

If you're tired of the cold and dreaming of warmer days at the beach, we hope you'll think of Amelia Island on January 31 when looking for places to vacation. Because once you visit this small speck of paradise, with it's sun-speckled beaches and laid back vibe, you'll wonder how quickly you can get back again. Why? Because it's nothing you can put into words. It's a beautiful thing. It's a real thing. It's an Island thing!

Island Thing #1

We're Easy to Get To
Amelia Island is only 30 minutes from Jacksonville International Airport linking NE Florida to cities all over the world. Air Canada, Delta, American, Frontier, United, JetBlue, and Southwest (just to name a few) are among the carriers that service JIA. If you're driving from the north along I-95, we're the first 2 exits in Florida so the excitement will reach a fever pitch right after you cross over from Georgia into Florida (it won't be long now!). The drive up from the south is gorgeous along historic A1A where ocean views turn into river views after you board the Mayport auto ferry to continue on to Amelia Island. If you have your own plane, the FERNANDINA BEACH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT is designed to accommodate a Gulfstream IV aircraft or smaller. Side Note: Breeze Airways announced Dec. 7 it will begin nonstop service from Jacksonville International Airport to Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, in May of 2023!

Island Thing #2

We Have Plenty of Places to Lay Your Head
Whether you're looking for an upscale escape to one of our south-end island resorts, a few days in a historic bed & breakfast inn, an extended stay on the beach in a vacation rental, or a cozy hotel/motel for your next family trip, Amelia Island offers a place for every stay, style and budget. The historic B&Bs of downtown Fernandina Beach beckon with packages specially crafted for laid-back travelers, while the popular hotel chains give a sense of familiarity. If renting a home for a week or long-term is more your style, we’ve got you covered with plenty of beach vacation rentals to choose from. Or, if camping under a million stars by a Civil War fort makes you happy, guess what? You can do that, too. Lots of places to lay your head!  Side Note: Receive 20% off your stay plus a donation of 5 meals per reservation at Omni Amelia Island Resort when you Join Select Guest. Stay dates: Feb 1 – Sept 4, 2023. MUST be booked through website (https://www.omnihotels.com/) or call 888-444-6664 – reservations made via an outside third party will not apply on National Plan for Vacation Day, January 31st Booking will be available HERE. 

Island Thing #3

We Have Eclectic Dining to Choose From
With more than 90 DISTINCTIVE RESTAURANTS to choose from, we've got your tastebuds covered from one end of the island to the other. Choose from waterfront hangouts, fine dining restaurants presided over by award-winning chefs, mom & pop burger joints, or the quiet intimacy of a romantic bistro. There's something for every taste and palate. Foodies especially love the ISLE OF EIGHT FLAGS SHRIMP FESTIVAL held every year in May where our beloved crustacean is served just about any way you want it. AMELIA ISLAND RESAURANT WEEK is also another favorite with locals and visitors alike. Held each January, Restaurant Week offers a ten-day culinary showcase of savory prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner along with delicious events. 

Island Thing #4

We're Wild for Nature 
Made up of 13 miles of seashore with 40-foot sea oat dappled dunes, Amelia Island is a beach and nature lover's dream. The year round mild climate allows for relaxing beach walks or hikes in Egan's Creek Greenway. Speaking of which, EGAN'S CREEK GREENWAY runs north to south along Egan's Creek right smack in the middle of the island. When hiking the greenway, expect to see gorgeous marsh vistas, a variety of birds, alligators, snakes and local flora & fauna all in over 300 acres of beauty, nature and wildlife. Fort Clinch State Park also offers nature trails for hiking and biking that wind around a series of freshwater ponds where sunbathing turtles and alligators are often seen. Amelia Island has so many great places that honor her natural beauty that you'll want to visit all of them. HERE'S A LITTLE EXTRA HELP TO MAKE YOUR DECISION EASIER

Island Thing #5

We Have Attractions
Central Florida isn't the only Florida destination with attractions? Nope. We've got them right here. Ours are animated in a different way but they're every bit as fun. Take a HORSEBACK RIDE along the shore where the beauty of the ocean and its wildlife will take your breath away. Experience the sunset with a tour of Cumberland Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway on an AMELIA RIVER CRUISE.  Zip along the ocean, marsh and canopied trails on a guided SEGWAY TOUR at Omni Amelia Island Resort. Take to the skies on a POWERED HANG GLIDER where you can get a bird's eye view of Amelia Island and Cumberland Island. Tee it up on the LINKS OF AMELIA ISLAND where 99 holes of world-class golf await. Or maybe learn to surf, rent a kayak, or see the water on a hydro bike. Decisions decisions.

Start planning your vacation to Amelia Island! 

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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.