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THE AMELIA ISLAND INSIDER

An Amelia Island sunrise. Photo credit: Patty O'Hearn Kickham from Guelph, Ontario, Canada, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

What’s so special about Amelia Island?

If you know, you know! But we get it, some people don’t (yet) … so let’s fix that, shall we?

There’s a reason vacationers love to come back to Amelia Island: because it’s a wonderful, relaxing island getaway with plenty of options for things to do.

But there’s more to the magic:

Less Crowded

Think of other popular vacation destinations along the Atlantic coast. What jumps to mind?

  • Hilton Head?
  • Miami?
  • Charleston or Myrtle Beach?
  • Somewhere further north, like Atlantic City or Boston?

You get lots of the amenities you’d enjoy in these places, but with much less traffic and people cramping your style. You’re even close enough to pop down to Jacksonville or over to Cumberland Island or Jekyll Island for a day trip if you want something a bit different during your stay!

That includes the beach, where you can find space to spread out without having dozens of people crammed in next to you. (Related: our guide to beaches)

So unlike some other awesome vacation destinations, Amelia Island’s not going to cramp your style (or your budget due to tourist traps).

Awesome Events

More on this in our Amelia Island local events guide, but a few worth noting:

  • Shrimp Fest, the name says it all
  • Concours d`Elegance, an internationally-known auto show
  • ZOOMA, a popular half-marathon

There’s plenty more, of course, and considering how easy getting around the island is, you’ll get to enjoy everything about your chosen event(s) and still soak in the island life!

Combination of Relaxation and Activities

Have you ever had one of those vacations where it didn’t quite hit the high notes you needed? For instance, maybe you were hoping to unwind on the beach, but instead kept finding yourself drawn towards some of the popular activities that were everywhere … and so when vacation was over, you realized it wasn’t quite as fulfilling as you’d hoped.

That doesn’t happen on Amelia Island.

You have enough space to unwind and a fantastic combination of low- and high-energy things to do. From exploring Fort Clinch State Park to crowning a new family mini golf champion (on any of the three popular spots), kayaking on some of the favorite routes to exploring the fine dining scene.

You get the best of both worlds:

  • Exactly what you came to the island to do
  • Easy access to building upon that

And when you leave, it’s feeling refreshed.

Great for any vacation type

  • Coming for a family getaway? There’s plenty for you, from fun activities to plenty of space to let the kids roam.
  • Golf, tennis, or another sporting event? You have your choice of places on the island.
  • Romantic getaway? From fine dining to exquisite couples options, you won’t be left wondering how to spend your time together (or lacking for privacy if you find the right vacation rental)
  • Enjoying some alone time? There’s plenty of places to get the peace and quiet you’re looking for.

Saying “there’s something for everyone” is beyond cliche, and that’s not true of Amelia Island … because there’s more than just “something” because there’s lots of things for anyone and for any occasion.

Some related FAQs

You have questions (or at least, people in Google do!), and we have answers.

Do you have to pay to get onto Amelia Island?

No, you do not have to pay to get onto the island. The main entryway is a bridge, and there is public parking available in certain spots (though it is quite popular).

Is it worth going to Amelia Island?

Um, YES, it’s absolutely worth coming to the island! And if you still need convincing, we’re here to answer your questions.

Is Amelia Island expensive to visit?

No, Amelia Island isn’t expensive to visit, especially when compared to other coastal options like Hilton Head. There’s a wide variety of activities and housing options that accommodate anyone looking for some island time.

In short,

Is Amelia Island private?

No, the island is not private. Some residential areas or resorts (like the Omni) may have restricted access, but you can use any public beach access point and go to nearly everything on the island.

What is the vibe of Amelia Island?

The vibe is usually quite laid back, though sometimes festive when one of our internationally-known events are taking place. It also depends on which part of the island you’re staying, as some are closer to shopping and nightlife than others.

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