WeLCOME UK TRavelLers Florida's most enchanting island (and best-kept secret) beckons all year long. With pristine nature, an authentic Victorian downtown, expansive beaches and a colorful past, it's the ideal spot to add to your next Florida holiday. The British flag once flew over the island, named for James Oglethorpe scouted the area and named the island in honor of Princess Amelia, the daughter of King George II. Island OVERVIEW The exact size and shape of Manhattan, the island offers 13 miles of quartz sand Atlantic beaches. Amelia Island is Florida’s “Golden Isle” and the only location in the U.S. to have been under eight different flags. The 50-block National Historic District of Downtown Fernandina Beach is one of the most beautifully preserved Victorian era towns in America. Fernandina Beach is the birthplace of the U.S. shrimping industry and wild-caught shrimp is featured at the more than 90 independent restaurants on Amelia Island. Three different kinds of sea turtles nest on Amelia Island in an annual rite of spring. Sometimes, there are a few surprises... Your Photo Gallery We love to share - especially beautiful photos of Amelia Island. Click here for a curated gallery and visit www.bit.ly/ameliaphotos for a fully searchable photo and video library. Amelia Island Blog From stunning nature to fascinating historic sites, there's so much to explore on and beyond the beaches. Take a photo tour. Stay Here From luxury resorts to historic inns, boutique hotels to family-friendly motels, there's a place for you on Amelia Island. Dining From local wild-caught shrimp to international specialties, inviting patio spaces to fine dining, the island has over 90 independent restaurants, many chef owned, featuring somethIng to tempt every palate. Shopping Walk through the doors of charming independent stores and boutiques for a special, locally-made souvenir.