Historic Amelia Island was once a quaint shrimping village, and is now a welcoming, laid back family vacation destination. Come here to explore the historic architecture along the side streets of Fernandina Beach. Wander through quirky craft shops and unique art galleries. Learn about Florida's complex history with a visit to some of Amelia Island's preserved Civil War landmarks. Rent a kayak and explore the fantastic biodiversity of the island's shorelines and rivers. Go on a deep water fishing excursion, play a round of golf on one of Florida's emerald green courses, or just relax on the beach with a good book.
Amelia Island provides a perfect family vacation spot or a backdrop for important events. Each year, hundreds of visitors come here for family reunions, honeymoons, or Amelia Island weddings. No matter what plans you have in mind, you'll never run out of fun things to do here. The best way to experience Amelia Island is by staying in a vacation rental of your own. Wake up in the morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the balcony of your private beach condo or villa, and then head downtown for a day of shopping, sightseeing, and vacation fun. In the evening, come home to your apartment and host dinner for your family and friends.
Here are a few suggested activities for your trip:
-Take a horse drawn carriage tour: Experience the charming streets and elegant Victorian architecture of Amelia Island by taking a guided horse drawn carriage ride.
-Visit the Blue Door Art Gallery: This collective gallery is owned by ten talented local artists working in a variety of genres and media.
-Visit the Amelia Island Museum of History or tour an Amelia Island plantation: Florida has a rich and fascinating history, much of which is documented by the exhibits of this popular museum.
-Take a boat trip along the Amelia River: Take a guided boat tour and see elusive Amelia Island wildlife like dolphins, wild horses, and rare wild boar.
-Tour Fort Clinch: Explore this historic fort that was occupied by both Union and Confederate Troops during the Civil War, then go hiking and biking along the scenic trails of Fort Clinch State Park.
-Experience Amelia Island golf: Tee off at one of the popular 18 hole golf courses around the Island.
You'll have no trouble finding a perfect place to stay in Fernandina Beach or anywhere on Amelia Island. The weather here is beautiful during all four seasons of the year, and vacation rental opportunities are always widely available. Find a quaint condo overlooking the historic streets, or rent an apartment just a few steps away from the beach. While you're visiting Amelia Island, you may want to take a day trip and explore Crystal Beach or Inverness.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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