Amelia Island is a part of the Sea Island chain stretching from southern Georgia into Northern Florida. Secluded and quiet, this island gem is a perfect getaway for families or couples. Here, you will find long stretches of natural beaches and local shopping. Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards has named Amelia Island as a Top 10 North American Island choice for seven consecutive years, and the island is recognized as a Top 25 Island in the World.
Taking a ride on the trolley in downtown Fernandina Beach is the best way to get to know the history of the area. You will tour the streets and learn about beautifully restored homes that were inhabited by the rich and famous in the Victorian era. Nearby Fort Clinch is one of the best-preserved civil war forts in the country. On the first weekend of each month, visitors can experience daily life at the fort circa 1864, while re-enactors stage a “Union Garrison” event. Several Saturday outdoor markets offer local produce, baked goods, and art in a lively community setting.
There are several annual events on Amelia Island, with the most popular being the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Due to the popularity of this destination, reservations are recommended year-round.