Amelia Island offers 13 miles of beautiful, wide white beaches with tall dunes. From Fort Clinch at the northern end to the high dunes at the south, you'll find endless vistas for jogging, relaxing, or playing in the sand. If you decide to vacation here, do try to take a day trip to nearby Cumberland Island across the Georgia state line. Ferries leave from nearby St. Mary for Cumberland, where you'll find miles and miles of deserted beaches, wild horses, armadillos, and the ruins of mansions and plantation homes.
In addition to camping facilities and numerous rental properties, you'll find some world-class resorts available on this island. Here are just a few of the available choices:
The Ritz-Carlton: Located off the northeast Florida coast, this property is very expensive, but offers a host of award-winning amenities and beautiful accommodations. The Ritz was named #7 for the world's best service and #9 for best family hotel in North America by readers ofTravel and Leisure Magazine. The Ritz, Amelia Island was also one of only 23 hotels to have received two AAA Five Diamond awards. (1 for the resort and 1 for the restaurant, The Grill.) Guests can relax at the beach, or enjoy three restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, tennis, swimming pools, shops, a fitness club, spa, and a full children's program to entertain their kids. For more information, call (904) 277-1100 or visit their website at: Ritz Carlton - Amelia Island
Amelia Island Plantation: Located on Amelia Island, just 29 miles north of Jacksonville International Airport. This 1350 acre property overlooks the blue water of the Atlantic on the east and the Intracoastal waterway on the west. This full-scale resort caters to families with miles of expansive beachfront, a full children's program, golf, tennis, bike rentals with trails criss-crossing the property, charter boats, tours, restaurants, and shops. Guests have a choice of hotel rooms, suites, condos and villas, or single-family homes for rent. For more information, call (904) 261-6161 or (888) 261-6161 or visit their website at: Amelia Island Plantation
Fort Clinch State Park: This park has 62 campsites available for rent, some located just a short walk from the beach. Visitors can take guided nature hikes, picnic, stroll along the beach, fish, cycling, camping, and wildlife observations at many sites. For more information, call (904) 277-7274 or visit their website at: Ft. Clinch State Park
Amelia Island Lodging Systems: This agency specializes in rental homes and cottages on Amelia Island. Also, Bed n' Breakfasts, condos, villas, private homes and lighthouse rentals are offered. For more information and a rental brochure, call (800) 872-8531 or (904) 261-4148. Or visit them online at: Amelia Island Lodging Systems
Amelia Island Rental and Management Services: This agency also specializes in rental homes and cottages from beach front, ocean view, resort view, golf or tennis view properties. For more information and a rental brochure, call (800) 874-8679 or visit their website at: Amelia Island Rental and Management Services.
Families will enjoy the Eight Flags Water Slide and the Island Falls Adventure Golf in Fernandina Beach, horseback riding along the beach at Seahorse Stables on the southern end of the island, and biking along the jogging path on Amelia Island Parkway.
For more information, call the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council at (800) 226-3542 or (904) 277-0717. Or visit them online at: Amelia Island Chamber of Commerce