Steeped in history and natural beauty, Amelia Island, Florida is the southernmost jewel of the Sea Island chain of barrier islands off the southeastern coast of the United States. Pristine, uncrowded beaches envelop the island’s east side, while expansive salt-marsh estuaries lie along the west. It’s no wonder locals and visitors on this 13 mile-long and two mile-wide island feel as though they’re a world away from everyone else. And although it may feel that way, Amelia Island is just a 30-minute drive from Jacksonville, Florida making it easy to get to — yet hard to forget.
Treasured for long stretches of Appalachian quartz shoreline, abundant outdoor recreation, championship golf courses and charming seaport character, Amelia Island is consistently ranked among the best places to travel to in the United States. See how others have ranked Amelia Island, and then come experience the island for yourself.
#9 Best Romantic Getaways in the U.S.
U.S. News & World Report
#5 Best Family Beach Vacations in the U.S.
#7 Best Romantic Getaways
#11 Best Places to Visit in Florida
#8 of the Top Islands in the Continental U.S.
Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Awards
#13 Favorite Resorts In Florida – The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
#36 Of The 50 Best Small Towns In The South – Fernandina Beach, FL
#3 of Top Islands In the U.S.
Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards
2023 and 2022
#1 Best Family-Friendly Beach Town in Florida
From tree and wildlife conservation to coastal restoration and green businesses, Amelia Island embraces a harmonious coexistence with nature.
Through tree planting initiatives and land management practices, Amelia Island ensures the preservation of its lush maritime forests, canopy roads and parks. The island also takes great strides in wildlife conservation, actively working to protect and restore habitats for sea turtles nesting along the shore, migratory birds and endangered right whales, and indigenous wildlife that thrive in the island’s salt marsh estuaries. Additionally, many businesses, accommodations and restaurants implement eco-friendly practices, such as energy-efficient infrastructures, water conservation efforts and the use of locally sourced cuisine. With the entire island community committed to sustainability and responsible tourism, going green is a way of life on Amelia Island.
Amelia Island eco tours offer the chance to explore and appreciate the island’s rich biodiversity and learn about conservation. Whether it’s kayaking through the winding waterways of the Amelia River, embarking on a guided nature walk in the lush maritime forests, or taking a boat tour to observe the fascinating marine life, eco tours on Amelia Island offer immersive experiences the whole family will love.
Have a question about Amelia Island? Whether you’re curious about the best times to visit, things to do, or recommendations for dining and accommodations, you’re likely to discover the information you need here. Take a look at our most frequently asked questions to the right. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, send a message to Info@AmeliaIsland.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
How far is Amelia Island from Jacksonville?
Amelia Island is only 35 miles from downtown Jacksonville. Head north on I-95, then take exit 373 east for 15 miles until you cross the Intracoastal Waterway.
Warning: you may feel a sudden sense of ease and relaxation once you cross over the bridge.
What is there to do on Amelia Island?
In addition to beautiful beaches, Amelia Island is home to an irresistible mix of luxury spa, world-class golf, distinctive dining, unique shopping and an amazing array of things to do for families, couples and groups.
Does Amelia Island have a downtown?
Historic downtown Fernandina Beach is located in the heart of Amelia Island. Lined with beautifully preserved Victorian-era buildings, quaint shops, cozy cafes and craft breweries, it offers a delightful blend of nostalgia and contemporary flair.
What are the best Amelia Island hotels?
Depending on your individual needs, Amelia Island offers a wide variety of accommodations. Choose from luxury oceanfront resorts such as The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and Omni Amelia Island Resort; intimate Bed & Breakfasts; vacation rentals, hotels and campsites. For more information, visit our places to stay page where you can search for resorts, hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, vacation rentals and more.
What is the closest airport to Amelia Island?
Less than 30 minutes from Amelia Island, Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) is the closest airport and links Northeast Florida with cities across North America and around the world. Additionally, the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport is conveniently located on the island.