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Enjoy a Cool Vacation at Amelia Island in Late Summer -- And Cool Rates Too!

Cool...Florida... in the same sentence with "summer"? While some may think such a statement could refer only to the figurative version of the word "cool," Amelia Island literally is cool in the late summer.

Temperatures on this Northeast Florida barrier island are cooler than any other locale in the state of Florida from July through September. In fact, the temps here can be cooler than those found in many other cities in the Southeast during this time - like Atlanta, Birmingham and Nashville. Atlantic breezes sweep onshore and keep the island cool and refreshed, day and night. But temperature isn't the only thing that makes Amelia cooler in the late summer. It's figuratively cool as well.

"Amelia is a great place to visit in the late summer," said Carolyn Haney, director of tourism sales for the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council. "The weather is great, water temperatures are perfect, the seafood is at its best, and it's the best time of year to enjoy many of outdoor activities including golf, tennis, sunbathing, shopping or even relaxing."

Some of the top reasons visitors come to Amelia during the late summer include the array of activities, great local seafood, no crowds and inviting Florida sunshine. For the active vacationer, Amelia offers 117 holes of championship golf, tennis on 40 courts, biking, sea and land-based nature tours, boating, sailing, beach horseback riding, and marsh kayaking to name a few.

Seafood lovers will also fancy the many local favorites brought in fresh from the docs daily. These include soft-shell crab, tuna, mahi-mahi, kingfish, flounder, and of course, shrimp. On a given day, many of theses seafood delights become "blackboard" specials at the family-owned diners, cafés and fine restaurants that dot the historic downtown area and beaches.

In addition to an array of activities, Amelia Island also offers a long list of accommodations options. The island boasts nine bed and breakfast inns, two located beachside; three full-service resorts; a host of family-oriented hotels; many beachfront home and condominium rentals; and two campgrounds - virtually something for everyone. Rooms can be found from $50 per night. Visit the "Stay with Us" button on the Web site for a complete overview of options and to book accommodations.

The summer activities on Amelia are countless, but to make sure families don't miss their favorites, the island's Tourism Council recently launched an online Itinerary Builder to help guests plan virtually every aspect of their trip before leaving home. Web visitors can access the Itinerary Builder by clicking on the "Plan Your Trip" button, located at the top of the homepage.

"The new Itinerary Builder will give guests the opportunity to plan their Cool Amelia vacation before they ever leave home," said Haney. "The tool makes planning your trip to Amelia convenient and very easy."

After planning your trip, make sure to review accommodations options right on the Web site. Amelia offers a long list of accommodations options including bed and breakfast inns, three full-service resorts, a host of family-oriented hotels, many beachfront home and condominium rentals, and campgrounds - virtually something for everyone. Rooms can be found from $50 per night. Click on the "Stay with Us" button on the Web site for a complete overview of options and to book accommodations.

For more information on cool, late-summer Amelia getaways, visit www.CoolAmelia.com today, or call (800) 2-AMELIA for free vacation information.

About Amelia Island

Named one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" in 2002, Amelia Island offers visitors rich history, a 52-block National Historic District, 13 miles of unspoiled beaches, titillating wildlife, soft adventure, unforgettable golf and fabulous dining.

Amelia Island is located off Florida's northeastern shore, and is easy to reach by car or plane; just 30 minutes northeast of Jacksonville International Airport and 15 minutes east of I-95. The island features all types of accommodations, from charming bed & breakfast inns to world-class resorts and oceanside retreats.

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