Welcome to Amelia Island, Florida's Coastal Treasure!
Amelia Island, Known as the "Isle of Eight Flags," is Renowned for its Pristine Beaches and Clean Water, Natural Wildlife as well as World-Class Resort Hotels, Spas, Golf Courses and Restaurants.
Amelia Island, Florida, is a unique paradise among the chain of barrier islands that stretches along the east coast from South Carolina to Florida, including St. Simons Island, Hilton Head Island, Jekyll Island, and Tybee Island to name just a few. Amelia is 13 miles long and 4 miles wide at its widest point, located just south of Cumberland Island, Georgia. Amelia Island is rich with history, such as the landmark Historic District, Fort Clinch State Park, Old Town, and Fernandina Beach with its Victorian-era architecture. Amelia Island was voted #6 among Top 10 North America Islands by Conde Nast Traveler's 2008 Reader's Choice Awards.
The once-vibrant, Victorian seaport village is now postcard perfect with rows of shops that house a treasure trove of antiques and collectibles, as well as an eclectic assortment of boutique shopping and restaurants.
Its Victorian homes and cottages are a throwback to Amelia's Golden Era. Adornments that make these 19th Century homes into masterpieces include opulent turrets, gables and gingerbread rick-rack trim. Some of these homes serve as bed and breakfast inns and some are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but what all seem to have in common is an interesting background. These storied streets can be experienced through self-guided tours or those offered by the Amelia Island History Museum. Horse-drawn carriage tours are also available.
Sightseeing river cruises are another way to learn more about the area history. In the early 20th Century, Amelia Island became the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry. Today, nearly 80 percent of Florida's intake of sweet Atlantic white shrimp is harvested in Amelia's waters and its downtown docks — Fernandina Harbor Marina — is still home to the shrimp fleet.
While the oldest structure on the island is the Amelia Island Lighthouse, other places of intrigue include the Palace Saloon, the oldest bar in the state of Florida; and, the Florida House Inn, Florida's oldest surviving tourist hotel.
Golfing on Amelia Island is a real pleasure, with natural surroundings, oceanfront golf courses and pristine golf resorts that challenge skilled golfers and reward those lucky enough to experience all the wonderful golfing that Amelia has to offer. Public and Private courses abound as well as Golf Lessons and Instruction from the Pros.
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Amelia Island, known as the "Isle of Eight Flags," is home to Florida's oldest continuously operating bar, the Palace Saloon, located within a sprawling 50-block area of homes and buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. History enthusiasts will also have to visit Old Town, the last Spanish Town in the Western Hemisphere and the former Spanish Fort San Carlos, as well as Fernandina Beach with it's Victorian-era architecture and charming historic district.
An easy drive from Jacksonville, the park protects over 200 acres of unspoiled wilderness along the southern tip of Amelia Island. Beautiful beaches, salt marshes, and coastal maritime forests provide visitors a glimpse of the original Florida. Amelia Island State Park is the only state park in Florida to offer horseback riding on the beach; a 45-minute riding tour through the forest and along the Atlantic Coast beach. Although the view from the park is breath-taking in itself, most of our visitors come for the fantastic fishing opportunities. Fishermen can surf fish along the shoreline or they can wet their line from the mile-long George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier which spans Nassau Sound. Visitors can also stroll along the beach looking for seashells or relax and watch the numerous bird species that feed in the area. For horseback tour reservations, contact Kelly Seahorse Ranch at 904.491.5166. Tours are given four times daily.
This well-preserved city at the northern end of Amelia Island, Florida's northern-most barrier island, marks the beginning of Florida's "First Coast."
It's storied past is an intact portion of the quickly vanishing "Old Florida," with a 50-square-block area into an ongoing restoration. The section is a designated historic district in the National Register of Historic Places.
The pristine beaches of Fernandina are located a mile from the center of town. Over four miles of beach with more than 20 public access points lie between the northern-most Main Beach south. Main Beach, with its plentiful parking and facilities, grassy playground and lifeguard stands is especially popular with families that have children in tow.
The Bullington family welcomes you to Amelia Island Kayak Excursions. We are an award-winning local family-owned/operated business offering professionally guided kayak, Hobie Mirage® Kayaks & SUP's, and motor boat tours for all experience levels for Amelia Island and the surrounding areas. We are honored that our guests have rated us #1 on TripAdvisor for over 6 consecutive years in the following Amelia Island categories: Outdoor Activities, Tours, Kayaking, Wildlife/Eco Tours, Boat Tours and Water Sports. And, a free digital photo/memory album is included with each kayak tour!
For your enjoyment, we offer a variety of kayak tours ranging from black water wooded environments, salt marsh estuaries, and intracoastal waterways, to Cumberland Island National Seashore, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, and the Suwannee River. We invite you to join us for one of our tours to enjoy the various aquatic vegetation, birds, and wildlife that nature has to offer in our area.
Located at the northern tip of Amelia Island, where Cumberland Sound and the Saint Marys River meet the Atlantic. The park is the site of Fort Clinch, a pre-Civil War fort. Construction of the existing fort was started in 1847. The park encompasses 1,121 acres on the north end of Amelia Island.
A part of the park system since 1935, Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought here, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars. During the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps began preserving and rebuilding many of the structures of the abandoned fort.
Activities at the park include living history programs, Civil War reenactments, campfire programs, guided walks, fishing, swimming, and camping. Visitors also enjoy the nature trails, coastal hammock, dunes, and salt water marsh.
We've compiled this comprehensive directory to help you find the right restaurant to whet your appetite, including options for casual dining, local seafood, Mexican, Cuban, French and everything in between. You'll find most of the restaurants clustered near Centre Street, on the western side of the island near the Amelia River, although there are a few scattered around the island off of the A1A that are worthy of a brief drive or bike ride.
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Amelia's flat terrain and warm ocean breezes make exploring the island by bike a great way to enjoy the fresh air and take in all the history and natural splendor of this fabulous locale. Amelia Island Plantation features approximately seven miles of bicycle trails that will take you to some of Amelia Island Plantation's points of interest such as the Sunken Forest, Aury Island, Drummond Point Park and Walker's Landing. Plantation trail maps are available at Amelia's Wheels. Bike lessons are available for children.
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