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A guide to Amelia Island’s beaches

Wondering where to spend your time soaking in the sun and relaxing with the waves? We’ve got you covered.

Click to jump to our (local!) thoughts on these people-pleasing beaches on Amelia Island, and be sure to look into our restaurant guide and events guide as well:

Beaches | Beach Access Points | FAQs

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Let’s get started:

Beaches

The actual beaches themselves. Access points are in their own section!

Main Beach

There are 13 miles of coastline on Amelia Island, and Main Beach comprises much of it. With white sand, plenty of waves, and lots of space to spread out, you’ll find somewhere to relax.

Local tip: If you’re using public beach parking, plan on walking for a minute or two from the access point once you’re on the beach. You’ll quickly find a spot with lots of room to spread out!

Main Beach Park

This beachfront park offers picnic shelters, playgrounds, volleyball courts, and convenient access to plenty of other things to do within walking distance. As there’s plenty of parking, this tends to be a popular spot and can be one of the more crowded areas in peak travel seasons.

Nearby activities include:

  • Bike rentals
  • Mini golf and arcade
  • Watersport rentals
  • Skate park

It does have multiple restroom areas as well.

American Beach

Much of the land is owned by private landholders, though the National Park Service owns the centrally-located 8 1/2 acre sand dune that’s the largest along the Atlantic coast.

The beach was originally established in 1935 by A.L. Lewis as a place where African Americans could enjoy a resort area, and features multiple plaques and buildings dedicated to preserving and educating about this history – including the American Beach Museum.

There is plenty to explore, with some swimming available. Public restrooms are also available.

Burney Park

Located along American Beach, Burney Park provides spacious parking options, restrooms with showers, and picnic tables. You can drive onto the sand (4WD only) as well – otherwise, you’ll have a bit longer walk from parking to the sand than other locations, but it’s not prohibitive.

Fernandina Beach

It’s actually not a beach at all! This is the downtown area (come say hi, we’re here!) that spans 30+ blocks and features a ton of eating, shopping, and relaxing. Boat tours, history, and a lengthy pier where you and/or family can watch the boats coming and going all await.

Just don’t plan on swimming 🙂

Beach Access Points

Technically not a beach on their own, but you’ll enjoy these spots to get to some primary beachfront areas!

Seaside Park

A popular destination for swimming, paddleboarding, collecting sea shells, picnics, and much more. This is maintained by the city of Fernandina Beach and is kept very clean by the city. You can drive onto it (4WD only) so it’s popular for sunrises and sunsets.

A favorite? The outdoor shower as you leave, letting you get some of the sand off before climbing into your vehicle.

Peters Point

Further south on the island, Peters Point Beachfront Park offers many similar benefits as Seaside Park: clean beach, lifeguards, security patrol, 4WD-accessible beaches for vehicles, and showers. If you stay in a property closer to the Omni then this may be more convenient.

Fort Clinch State Park

You’ll love it for the history (especially on re-enactment days, well worth planning ahead for!) and there’s a nearby campground for those looking for it. There is a beachfront area which is perfect once you’ve wandered the many areas, thus it makes our list 🙂

Restrooms tend to be very clean – they’re located near the gift shop area so stop when you first arrive and again as you depart. And as it’s a state park it’s well-maintained and quite safe for all ages.

You’ll pay a small fee for access, and it’s well worth it!

Frequently Asked Questions

Many we’ve been asked by previous guests, and we’re always happy to answer your questions and make your stay perfect.

Do people swim at Fernandina Beach?

Yes, people can swim at Fernandina Beach via one of the beach access points. However, Fernandina Beach itself is a city on Amelia Island and is not the same as Amelia Island.

Can you drink alcohol on Amelia Island?

Yes, but not on the beach. The island features multiple restaurants, bars, and tasting rooms well worth your time. We do ask you follow the local laws concerning parks and beach areas.

Is Amelia Island water clear?

Near the shore, it can be fairly clear on calmer days – kids and adults both getting to see everything happening in the water as they stand in it.

Typically the water is darker, and on windy days (which are common) the waves churn up plenty of sand and dirt as well.

Does Amelia Island have white sand beaches?

Yes, we do! Some beaches may appear lighter or darker depending on recent weather, but you’ll love whichever beach you chose.

Is Fernandina Beach white sand?

It is. Fernandina Beach boasts white sand and multiple access points, providing plenty of easy ways to enjoy it to the fullest. You may also want to look into some of our rentals 🙂

What is the most secluded beach on Amelia Island?

We recommend trying the Scott Road Beach Access point. It’s further south on the island, so many staying elsewhere on the island will stop at other points.

Fort Clinch, if you catch it at the right time, can also have less crowding than other areas.

Is Amelia Island beach water clear?

The beach water can be quite clear with a blueish-green hue when the weather is calm. As we’re on a coast, it’s often windy and so that can be impacted.

Is Amelia Island a pretty beach?

Amelia Island is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous! Just look around at photos people keep posting on TripAdvisor, Google, Yelp, and more! Lots of beauty that makes it easy to relax.

Are Amelia Island beaches crowded?

The beaches can be crowded at peak times. Think June/July summer vacation travel and other common holidays, especially in the middle of the day when it’s prime beach-going weather. This is especially true close to public access areas and parks such as Main Beach.

However, if you come towards late Spring or early-to-mid Fall, you’ll find much more elbow room when you head out to the waves … and the weather is warm enough to enjoy the water.

Is the water calm at Amelia Island?

The water can be calm, but it also can be quite choppy. This is largely dependent on the weather, so check the local forecast before heading out.

Does Amelia Island have public beach access?

Yes, Amelia Island has public beach access through the island, with more than 20 access points across the island.

Does Amelia Island have good beaches?

Yes, the beaches on Amelia Island are quite good because they’re less crowded, can have clear water, and are very easy to get to. Any option you pick is a good one!

Is Amelia Island safe?

Yes, Amelia Island is quite safe!

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