Amelia Island, Florida

Ideal for: Beach Lovers, Golfers, History Buffs

  • This 13-mile-long island named for Princess Amelia, daughter of King George II, is the northernmost of Florida's Atlantic Coast barrier islands.
  • With over 40 public beach access points, enjoying Amelia Island’s pristine white-sand waterfront is a breeze.
  • Comprising 50 blocks of carefully preserved architecture, the historic town of Fernandina Beach has many vibrant local shops and restaurants to explore.
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From Native Americans to the French and even pirates, Amelia Island's captivating history of citizens and conquerors is reflected in its architecture and ambiance. A slow, Southern pace of life means long, laid-back days perfect for searching for seashells and shark teeth along miles of white-sand beaches, playing a round or two of golf, observing native wildlife while horseback riding, or taking a leisurely bicycle ride among live oaks draped in Spanish moss on the island’s extensive trail system. History buffs can watch a Civil War reenactment at Fort Clinch or visit the Amelia Island Museum of History, located in a former community jailhouse.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airports
    Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) or Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG)
  • Peak Season
    March through May
  • Elevation
    4,350 feet
  • Car Needed?
    Yes
  • Average Temperatures
    81°F in summer; 45°F in winter

Destination Highlights


  • Golfing

    Packing seven championship-calibur golf courses comprising a total of 117 holes into just 18 square miles, Amelia Island is a golfer’s paradise. Choose from six beautiful 18-hole courses and one nine-hole course.

  • Kayaking

    Explore the Intercoastal Waterway and northern Florida coastline by kayak for a unique perspective of Amelia Island’s ecosystem. Paddle up to nearby Cumberland Island and you may get lucky enough to spot wild horses.

  • Palace Saloon

    Belly up to the bar at Florida’s oldest continuously operating drinking establishment. Since 1903, this nostalgic pub has been popular with island visitors—from ship captains to Rockefellers—throughout its storied history.

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Weather


  • Forecasting Your Amelia Island Vacation

    With the exception of a few hot weeks in the summer, Amelia Island boasts mild temperatures, with average highs in the 70s. While it does rain occasionally, you can expect lots of sunshine year round. August and September see the most rainfall, while November is the driest. In the winter months, take advantage of drier, crisp air and comfortable temperatures.

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