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Vacation Rental choices, explained

When looking for rental options on Amelia Island, you’re likely seeing a combination of condominiums, cottages, luxury vacation homes, bungalows, and more.

But what’s best for you? This is the place to find out.

And if you’re ready to explore some wonderful vacation rentals here on the island, our lineup is waiting for you to explore!

Vacation homes

These offer more space and privacy than other options. They typically are standalone and don’t share walls with other rooms/buildings, and often are not along main paths (for walking or driving) to keep noise to lower levels as well.

These are ideal for: families or people looking to spread out a bit at home, especially with slowing life down a bit. You get some with beachfront access, but plenty others across the island are in neighborhoods or do require a bit of travel to get to the sands.

Condominiums

Amelia Hideaway is a 2/2 condo through Guest Cottage that guests enjoySituated along the beach, these are smaller in scope and ideal for those hoping to spend as much time on the island (or in the town and on the sands). They’re better for shorter-term stays or for couples hoping to explore Amelia Island to its fullest potential.

If some noise from others and tighter spaces aren’t a concern, these can be a good option as they often are cheaper than alternatives but still offer convenience with their location.

You can still relax in the unit for a meal and a show or movie, and some can be more spacious than others – the bed and bath count is key. A 1 bed, 1 bath unit will be just a few hundred square feet, but a 2/2 or 3/2 can still give everyone a bit of breathing room while waking up or winding down.

And don’t think a condo is just a room with walls – decor and ambience matter for unit owners!

Cottages

Smaller than vacation homes, these still provide many of higher-end finishes and options. You can find these in well-established neighborhoods, sometimes with beachfront access or with a trail close by to make it easy to walk. Some may be in more secluded areas of the island, providing more privacy.

A bungalow also falls into this category, but with some architectural differences (such as partial second story, overhanging eaves, and are usually only one story)

These are ideal for: Smaller families or couples looking for a romantic, cozy getaway, though some cottages can have more space due to multiple stories.

Townhomes

Guest Cottage's Sea La Vie townhome rental is a favorite of guests

A cross between the benefits of many of the above, you get less foot traffic nearby and prime locations across Fernandina Beach – and usually with a decent amount of space to spread out and relax.

Some have a good amount of beds for larger groups, as well, offering a possible option for those with a group (so don’t rule them out just because you have more than a few traveling). It’s worth looking into these flexible options since there’s such a wide range across the island.

If you’re hoping for total privacy, then this isn’t for you as townhomes do share walls with a few other units.

But some of ours are favorites that get repeat guests!

 

Recommendations based on your trip type:

Scan the list to narrow it down!

Related: Choosing between Amelia Island, Hilton Head, Cocoa Beach, or Jekyll Island

  • Romantic getaway: Vacation home or cottage
  • Family vacation trip (we see you, parents…): Condo or rental home
  • Quick trip for some beach time: Any will do, but a condo or townhome’s your best bet
  • Extended stay on Amelia Island: Cottage or townhome, though a full house can also suffice in certain situations

Ready to book a trip to the Fernandina Beach area? Find your match now, or contact us with any questions!

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