Amelia Island

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About Amelia Island

One of Florida’s most often overlooked holiday spots, Amelia Island sits just thirteen miles from the border with Georgia, brimming with natural beauty, heaps of history and an abundance of Southern charm. There is a great choice of B&Bs and self-catering accommodation on offer, fit for a range of budgets and group sizes, as well as a small selection of gorgeous old hotels. Our pick of the best places to stay on Amelia Island promises just that: beachfront bliss in a classic building reflecting the region’s fascinating past.

Outdoor enthusiasts will adore the vast array of activities available on Amelia Island. Stroll along splendid quartz-sand beaches, try horse riding on the sand, cycle along the 10-kilometre Amelia Island Trail, or head out to sea in a kayak or fishing boat. Families can unwind at Main Beach, whilst wildlife lovers will spot animals aplenty in Amelia Island State Park or intriguing Little Talbot Island State Park, an off-the-beaten-track haven of unspoilt natural habitats. Golfers, too, will be thrilled with picturesque courses to choose from, many of which boast impressive Atlantic views.

Fernandina Beach, the island’s largest town, offers boutique shopping and a buzzy food and drink scene — including some excellent seafood restaurants. The town has also retained many of its original architectural features. You’ll find converted fishing cottages nestled close to grand historic landmarks, and a fusion of influences reflecting the island’s occupation by the French, English and Spanish, amongst others. Soak up Fernandina Beach’s stories with a guided walking tour, or consider the Amelia Island Museum of History, which charts the region’s complex past, from Timucuan Native Americans to Civil War soldiers. The American Beach Museum, too, is well worth a visit, and provides an insight into the island’s importance to African Americans during the Jim Crow years.

Peer into antique shops and galleries, discover the island’s lush interior and sun-drenched coastline, and squeeze in a game of golf before sipping sundowners at a laid-back bar facing the Atlantic Ocean. Ensconce yourself in the relaxed surroundings of one of the best places to stay on Amelia Island, and take things up a notch by timing your trip to fit with the area’s thriving programme of annual festivals — as if you needed another reason to visit!

The Best Places to Stay on Amelia Island

For classic romance

  • The Elizabeth Pointe Lodge is a romantic beachfront hotel with heaps of classic charm. Think wooden cladding, a wide porch overlooking the sea, and 25 rooms and suites, designed to reflect the soft, cream colours of the natural landscape. Explore Amelia Island on horseback or bicycle, spend lazy days at the beach, and tuck into complimentary wine and nibbles on the porch each evening. An old-fashioned pick for a gorgeous couples' escape with spectacular sea views.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner

Travel Information

  • Jacksonville International Airport is the closest major airport to Amelia Island. However with few international arrivals it may be simplest to fly to another hub -- such as Brunswick or Orlando -- and travel on to Amelia Island by bus or taxi.
  • Alternatively, contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • July and August are the hottest months -- with temperatures around 33°C -- and the most popuar time for visitors. Travel between February and May or Septemeber to November for balmy temperatures and fewer crowds.

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Best Hotels in Amelia Island

  • Amelia Schoolhouse Inn Amelia Island 17 rooms from £98

    Local exploring  -  A great base walking distance from the island's many restaurants, boutiques and points of interest
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Amelia Island Lighthouse and the historic fort in Fort Clinch State Park
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    Quirky  -  An experience!
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    Fun, laid-back, boutique inn located in handsome red-brick historic schoolhouse. Fresh white rooms, in a variety of sizes, are decorated with school-themed accessories; think world maps and vintage school desks adorned with abacuses. Enjoy the lively bar, outdoor pool and lawn. See More

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  • Hoyt House Amelia Island 10 rooms from £193

    Active Holiday  -  Amelia Island with its miles of coastline has a wide range of activities both on land and sea
    Kayaking  -  Discover the coast and islands on a sea kayaking expedition
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Adult Only
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    A charming traditional B&B in the long-time favourite holiday destination, Amelia Island. Elegant rooms are wonderfully old-school with mismatched fabrics, antiques, and whirring fans. Enjoy a tipple on the spacious verandah or unwind beside the pool or in the hot tub. Adult-only and very quaint. See More

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  • Elizabeth Pointe Lodge Amelia Island 25 rooms from £194

    Sights nearby  -  Only 3.5 km away is the Amelia Island Museum where you can see a replica Timucuan Village amongst other historical exhibits.
    On the beach  -  Private beach access with provided chairs and umbrellas
    Views  -  Every room has either an oceanfront or a sunset view.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children cannot be accommodated at the hotel.
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    Romantic beachfront hotel with charming shingles and a wide porch overlooking the sea. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast or brunch on the porch, and in the evenings partake of complementary wine and nibbles. Rooms and suites decorated with nature-inspired colours, prints and materials. Bicycles for hire. See More

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  • Ritz Carlton Amelia Island Amelia Island 446 rooms from £198

    Families  -  An excellent luxury family choice with superb facilities for all ages including golf, spa and kids club
    Golf  -  The resort has an 18-hole championship golf course and private instruction at The Academy
    Local exploring  -  Explore the 12 miles of beach and the cycling trails to discover Amelia Island
    Beach Life  -  Guests can enjoy direct beach access and private cabanas
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    A luxury beachfront resort, situated on Amelia Island. Rooms are elegant and stylish with soft pastel shades, private balconies with sweeping ocean vistas and marble bathrooms with stand-alone tubs. Enjoy the indoor and outdoor pool and beach access. An activity-packed stay ideal for families. See More

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  • The Addison on Amelia Amelia Island 14 rooms from £201

    Local exploring  -  Historic homes, Victorian buildings, mile-long beaches, state parks, art galleries and restaurants abound in this holiday heaven
    Romantic Break  -  Rooms have been designed for romance with canopy beds, luxurious bedding, jetted tubs, gas fires and silk draperies
    Kayaking  -  Kayak the calm blackwaters of Lofton Creek or cross the channel to Cumberland Island, home to the ruins of the Carnegie Mansion
    Great walks  -  Outdoor lovers are spoilt for choice with endless parks nearby; head to Fort Clinch and Little Talbot Island state parks
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    Historic B&B in Fernanda Beach. Three antebellum-style clapboard buildings surround a charming central courtyard with lush gardens, fountains and an idyllic veranda. Expect premium linens, bedding and bath products in carefully-appointed rooms. Bygone-era romance with contemporary creature comforts. See More

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  • Blue Heron Inn Amelia Island 6 rooms from £204

    Local exploring  -  Fernandina Beach offers small-town seaside charm, well-preserved Victorian homes, white-sand beaches, galleries and restaurants
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the island's past with visits to Fort Clinch, Amelia Island Lighthouse and Fernandina's historic district
    Whirlpool Bathtub  -  The Heron and Compass Rose rooms feature whirlpool tubs. The Sandpiper Suite boasts a two-person whirlpool
    Local markets  -  Every Saturday head to the Fernandina’s Farmers Market, just five minutes walk from the property
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    Fernandina Beach turn-of-the-century home converted into intimate owner-run B&B. Spread over three floors, expect original pine floors, antique furnishings, oriental rugs and period-style ornaments. Enjoy the lovely pool, lounge, gardens and wrap-around porch. Low-key romance in a historic setting. See More

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  • Amelia Island Williams House Amelia Island (Fernanda Beach) 11 rooms from £216

    Romantic Break  -  Rooms and suites offer a range of romantic touches from private hot tubs and two-person Jacuzzis to love-seats & cosy fireplaces
    Local exploring  -  The charming Victorian neighborhood is walking distance to antique shops, galleries & cafes and it's a short drive to the beach
    Sights nearby  -  Learn about Fernanda Beach's fascinating history as a Victorian seaport on an antique trolley ride
    Whirlpool Bathtub  -  Several rooms feature two-person whirlpool tubs. Catherine's Chamber has an oversized Jacuzzi tub
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    Romantic B&B dripping in Southern charm. Shaded by oaks trees, historic gingerbread mansion features a garden, quaint dining room, wide verandas and porch swings. Victorian-inspired rooms boast antique furnishings, chandeliers, ceiling fans and mahogany floors; some have hot tubs and private patios. See More

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