With 13 miles of unspoilt Appalachian quartz beaches, framed by high sand dunes, there’s plenty of opportunity to unwind, collect shells, go for a swim and dry off in the Florida sunshine on your holiday to Amelia Island. For thrill-seekers, there are also water sports like surfing, kayaking, sailing and body boarding to try.
There's always something happening on Amelia Island, with a full calendar of events to choose from. Music fans will enjoy the annual Jazz festival in autumn. Foodies will love Restaurant Week and the historic Annual Isle of 8 Flags Shrimp Festival. And at Christmas, there’s a traditional Cookie Tour around some of the Island’s historic inns (with biscuits to try in each).
The links of Amelia Island offer an enticing challenge for fans of the fairway, boasting 117 holes and seven that play along the Atlantic Ocean (a 42 million square foot water hazard). World famous golf course architects such as Peter Dye and Bobby Weed have had their hand in the design of Amelia Island’s stunning golf courses.
Named for Princess Amelia, daughter of George II, Amelia Island was one of America's most fiercely fought over pieces of real estate, and has flown eight different nation’s flags during its history. A colourful cast of inhabitants including Native Americans, European explorers, pirates, Gilded Age millionaires and fishermen has left a fascinating legacy, especially in the Historic District of Fernandina Beach.
Amelia Island offers more than 70 independent restaurants, from the finest dining (one of Florida’s two five-Diamond restaurants) to inviting bistros and local favourites. A blend of ethnic influences, and, of course, some of the world’s best and freshest seafood are all on the menu along with sensational ocean views.