Amelia Island Itinerary
What’s on your dream Amelia Island itinerary? Fernandina Beach, FL, is filled with amazing things to do. Explore sandy beaches, state parks, historic sites, and more on our barrier island. Or simply relax in a guest room at The Addison on Amelia Island. Your visit to the Addison on Amelia Island can be as active or as relaxing as you would like. Below is an example itinerary on how to spend a five-day visit to our area!
Want to know more about what to do in Fernandina Beach, FL? Request a copy of our Amelia Island Vacation Guide when you’re ready to start planning. This free resource is filled with innkeeper-selected things to do on Amelia Island during your trip. With so many options inside, crafting your dream itinerary will be a breeze!
The Ultimate 5-Day Amelia Island Itinerary
On the first day of your trip, arrive on Amelia Island in time to check-in to The Addison on Amelia at 3:00 p.m. Lisa or Ron will greet you and take you on a tour of the Inn before showing you to your special guest room. Then, take time to unpack and freshen up before you take a stroll through the Historic District of Fernandina Beach. Be sure to return to The Addison by 5:30 p.m. so you can make it to our daily happy hour!
At happy hour you can enjoy beer, wine, and tasty appetizers as you socialize with the other guests at The Addison. Be sure to check out The Addison’s book of menus from local restaurants. Select your favorite Amelia Island restaurant (We recommend España!) and Lisa will call to ensure they have a table for you. España is within walking distance of the Inn, about three blocks, which is a great choice for a convenient dinner on your first night. Our go-to order is a variety of tapas, paella, and, of course, sangria!
After dinner, stroll around the block to appreciate the charming ambiance of Amelia Island at night. Then, get cozy in your luxurious guest room for a much-needed peaceful night’s sleep after a day of travel.
If you’re an early riser, head downstairs to snag a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a complimentary copy of the Wall Street Journal. Then, enjoy a peaceful morning to yourself in the parlor, the front porch, or back to your room while you wait for breakfast. You can always count on our innkeeper Lisa to be cooking up something delectable! Each morning of your stay breakfast will feature a main entrée of something sweet or savory, fresh-baked pastries, in-season fruit, yogurt topped with house-made granola, and meat. Enjoy breakfast on the courtyard verandah with some of the other guests!
After breakfast, take the 10-minute walk down to the marina and to catch the 10:00 a.m. Amelia River Cruise. The cruise takes you along the Cumberland Island Shore and you see wild horses, wild pigs, dolphins, and lots of different birds. After the cruise, grab lunch in town at Patio Place. We recommend one of Amy’s savory crepes! After lunch, you can spend some time wandering through the shops and art galleries of Fernandina Beach’s Historic District. Then, head back to the Inn for a soak in your oversized jetted tub and a nap before happy hour.
Chatting with other guests at happy hour is a great way to get more ideas for what to do during your stay! Many of our guests rave about Arte’s Pizza. This pizzeria boasts of brick oven-style pizza and shareable salads. It’s also near the Green Turtle Tavern, which is a great place to stop in for a couple of beers and live music after dinner. Then. It’s back to your cozy guest room at The Addison!
For an alternative day two, head to Arte’s Pizza for lunch and board an Amelia Island sunset cruise in the evening!
You deserve to sleep in during your trip! After all, you need to decompress from the stress of everyday life! You can still enjoy breakfast in the verandah, as it’s served until 10:00 a.m.
After breakfast, take a bike ride to Fort Clinch State Park. The Addison on Amelia Island has complimentary rental bikes and helmets. Simply let us know that you plan to check one out and we’ll have it waiting in the courtyard for you after breakfast! Along your ride, stop and admire the lighthouse, which is on the highest part of the island across the marsh from the park. Stop at the Fort, wander around the ramparts, and enjoy the breeze and the view. From there, head to the beach for a while and search for seashells and shark’s teeth.
Refuel from your bike ride at the Amelia Tavern. This local haunt is a great place for locally brewed beer and small bites to hold you until happy hour.
If you’re traveling with your special someone, a horse-drawn carriage is a perfect activity for a romantic night out! Let us know you’re interested, and we can arrange a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic district for you. The carriage ride takes you through the scenic streets of the historic district before it drops you off at Burlingame for dinner. We love to dine on the outdoor patio and share a bottle of wine!
After dinner, take a stroll down to the marina to check out the boats. On the way back, stop at Fernandina’s Fantastic Fudge on 3rd Street. We recommend getting an extra square (or three) of fudge to-go, so you can enjoy it later or bring it back to your family!
We love arranging special treats for our guests! One of our favorite things to book for our guests is an eco-tour with Captain Carol. But first, it’s time for breakfast! On the menu today is a fruit parfait with in-season fruit from the farmer’s market, oatmeal raisin pancakes, and candied pepper bacon. Drool!
Captain Carol’s eco-tour is a two-hour excursion on her 26–foot, center console Panga through the rivers and marshes between Amelia and Cumberland Islands. You can see spoon-billed roseate, alligators, dolphins, egrets, and, if you’re lucky, some manatees. Then, adventure up Beach Creek where you can see oyster beds and the chimney tops of the ruins at Dungeness!
After the tour, wander through town for a while and check out some of the art galleries. Then, enjoy some light, fresh-catch seafood at Timoti’s Seafood Shak. Then, head back to The Addison just in time for happy hour. The other guests can’t wait to hear about your adventure!
Looking for something light for dinner? Head over to Café Karibo for dinner. This bistro has the best sandwiches and salads in town! After dinner, wander down to the marina and sit in the rocking chairs at Brett’s Restaurant, where you can enjoy a shared bottle of wine and a sunset over the marsh. It’s the perfect way to spend your last night on Amelia Island!
Time goes by too quickly on vacation! With so many great local attractions, you might just need to come back for a second trip to experience everything on your Amelia Island itinerary.
For now, though, enjoy your last day of delicious breakfast! Strawberry muffins and spinach–gruyere strata with roasted tomatoes is the perfect send-off meal. After breakfast, say goodbye to your friends at The Addison before you get ready for your trip home. Don’t forget to check out the gift shop in the parlor to select a memento of your stay at The Addison on Amelia. Guests love our ceramic coffee mugs! Then, head off to the airport in your rental car or rideshare service. We can’t wait to see you next time!
We Can’t-Wait to Welcome You!
No matter how long you plan to stay, be sure to contact our innkeepers before you arrive so that our Amelia Island concierge service can make reservations and arrangements for you. You don’t want to miss a thing while you are here and planning with an Amelia Island itinerary beforehand helps!
Check our availability to secure your desired dates. We can’t wait to help you plan!