As you meander through the historic streets of downtown Fernandina Beach, you are transported to a world where time stands still. Shopkeepers greet you with unique treasures and welcoming smiles. The rich aroma of freshly made fudge carries on a gentle breeze. Your gaze is drawn to the Victorian-era architecture that holds captivating secrets of a storied past. As the sun dips beyond the breathtaking marsh, and sidewalk cafes set the evening aglow, you realize it is the perfect ending to another perfect day on Amelia Island. It’s an Island thing.
Things to do
With a unique blend of history, culture, dining and shopping, downtown Fernandina Beach offers 50 blocks of island charm. Begin at the harbor-front and make your way down and around historic Centre Street to see it all.
Places to dine
From fresh seafood and Southern specialties to decadent desserts and fine dining restaurants, there’s something for every palate — and sweet tooth.
A shopping oasis
Making time for retail therapy is a must when visiting Amelia Island, and historic Downtown Fernandina Beach is just the place to start. Explore the eclectic and independent shops for local art, handmade crafts, fashion and antiques.
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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.
What street is downtown Amelia Island on?
Historic Centre Street is the main artery in the heart of downtown Fernandina Beach. It’s the prominent tourism corridor, eight blocks long and anchored by the city’s harbor. Vintage buildings line the sidewalks where boutiques, restaurants, banks, churches, watering holes, a courthouse, and post office can be found. It’s where the past meets the present.
Where can I walk around Amelia Island?
Downtown Fernandina Beach is made up of 50 very walkable blocks for shopping, dining and entertainment. There are also several nature trails, which are great places to walk or bike. Visit our Nature and Outdoors Travel guide for more information.
Does Amelia Island have a historic district?
In addition to downtown, Amelia Island’s Old Town is also a designated historic district; along with the Amelia Island Lighthouse, the Peck Center and the Oxley-Heard Funeral Home, which are individually designated historic district sites.
What is Amelia Island best known for?
With 13 miles of pristine beaches, Amelia Island is known for its natural beauty and laid-back coastal ambiance. Downtown Fernandina Beach also makes Amelia Island a Northeast Florida hidden gem for arts, culture and dining.