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Five Fun Things About Amelia Island

Who doesn’t love a fun list?! Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach are amazing places, and we hope you’ll visit us here soon.

In the meantime, here’s a few fun facts you might not have known about our island!

And if you’re thinking about grabbing a vacation rental on the island – or need property management to get more renters into your space – you know who to call.

#1 – Isle of Eight Flags

Eight flags have flown over the island, and it’s the only place in the United States to have flown so many different official flags. It’s why our island is known as the Isle of Eight Flags.

Originally, per the University of South Florida, Native Americans settled this area around the year 1000 and originally called the island Napoyca. These were associated with Mound Builders, which had ceremonial and/or burial mounds as part of their villages. Many mounds still exist today and are protected grounds.

However, the first flag to fly over the island was French, by the explorer John Ribault. Many battles ensued over the island, causing eight flags to fly, with the United States as the final.

They are, in order:

  • France
  • Spain
  • England
  • Spain
  • United States
  • Spain
  • Mexican Rebels
  • Confederate
  • United States

Eight different flags, all in a period of 300 years!

Bonus fact: Amelia Island was named after the daughter of King George II of England by Georgia’s James Oglethorpe.

#2 – Movies

A few films have marked Amelia Island as their backdrops, including The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking and Sunshine State, among others.

In Sunshine State, directed by John Sayles, both an Oscar-winning actor (Timothy Hutten) and actress (Mary Steenburgen) held important roles. Three others later became Oscar nominees.

And if you haven’t seen the movie, you may have heard of one if its best lines:

“The important thing is to keep that smile on your face, even when you’re drowning.”

#3 – Record cars auction at Concours D’Elegance

In the 2023 edition of this internationally-known and attended car show, over $178 million exchanged hands for a variety of exquisite vehicles.

Classic Ferrari logo, courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsThe most expensive, which broke records?

A 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, which sold for $18 million-plus as easily the highlight of the 2023 show, per this article.

Over 15 cars sold for $1 million or more in the 2023 edition of the show. It’s an amazing experience for both enthusiasts and those who enjoy being around history!

Imagine being on Amelia Island and seeing:

  • Ferraris
  • Lamborghini
  • Pagani
  • Pre-war historical vehicles
  • Rare finds

All at once. You can image the collective buzz around the island when one of our favorite things to do is here in full force – it generates plenty of international coverage, as well!

It’s well worth attending, even if you aren’t a “car person.”

#4 – High-End Housing

Beachfront properties are always in high demand – something our sister company, Summer House Realty, are experts in – but did you know what the highest price tag for a sold house on the island is?

As of July 2024, it was $13.35 million for an 11,000+ square foot home that features 11 bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and a wine cellar that could hold up to 5,000 bottles.

For homeowners, the island’s popularity combined with ideal location make it a robust real estate market.

And it’s also quite a popular place to rent your property – something we’re experts in with our property management services!

#5 – Beach Beach Beach!

Did you know Amelia Island has over 40 beach access points throughout the island? Multiple locations also include ADA-accessible access to the soft sand and non-crowded areas of the island.

Depending on the weather, some parts of the beach can have a good amount of shells – or even shark’s teeth!

For more about our beaches, check out our beach guide.

And if you’re ready to book your own Amelia Island vacation, then we’re ready to help!

Photo credit: Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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