WELCOME TO THE BEACHES OF AMELIA ISLAND
Amelia Island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway, strong-currented Nassau Sound and one of the East’s largest and deepest inlets, Cumberland Sound. Edged with natural Appalachian quartz beaches and framed by sand dunes as high as 40 feet, Amelia Island's shores have long been a source of beauty. And, the ocean's average temperature during the summer? A welcoming 82 degrees. What are you waiting for? Grab your towel and sunscreen and we'll see you on the beach!
No town in Florida has ever come away completely unscathed from the effects of past hurricanes and Amelia Island is no different. We've had two close calls in recent years (2016 - Matthew and 2017 - Irma) where the island was evacuated, but this was an unusual occurrence for this part of Florida. As a matter of fact, there have only been three hurricane strength storms to pass near Amelia Island in the last 155 years! Learn more about the Nassau County Hurricane Season as well as the best ways to be prepared.
Tropical Depression, Tropical Storm, and Hurricane: What is the difference?
A tropical depression forms when a low pressure area is accompanied by thunderstorms that produce a circular wind flow with maximum sustained winds below 39 mph.
An upgrade to a tropical storm occurs when cyclonic circulation becomes more organized and maximum sustained winds gust between 39 mph and 73 mph.
When wind speed exceeds 74 mph, it is called a hurricane. A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone that is accompanied by thunderstorms, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October.