Take an Amelia Island vacation to escape the everyday world and to find inspiration in our peaceful, relaxed seaport community. Located just off the state’s northeast Amelia Island, Florida is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13-miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.
Amelia Island, Florida History
Near the Cumberland Island National Seashore, Amelia Island is known as the “Isle of Eight Flags,” It has had an amazing, interesting, and tumultuous past, characterized by its diverse cast of Timucuan Indians, pirates, shrimpers, nobles, and confederates. Amelia Island exhibits Florida’s history as few other areas can, adding to the lore and mystery brought forth on its shore by its amazing collection of residents. Early on, the community of Fernandina Beach emerged as an important seaport, a legacy that today can be seen throughout its Victorian-era architecture and charming historic district. Today, the island 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.
Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida
The Addison on Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast is located in the Historic District of Fernandina Beach, within walking distance of the village’s art galleries, eclectic shops, and restaurants to suit every appetite.
The Great Outdoors
Amelia Island is a nature-lover’s paradise with pristine white beaches, maritime forests, and treed marshlands. In the area there are four major State Parks, including Fort Clinch State Park as well as Cumberland Island National Park that offer a range of hiking and cycling paths, shelling, and bird watching. World-class golf courses, eco-tours, horseback riding, backwater, and deep sea fishing are all available to Amelia Island visitors.
Amelia Island is a shopper’s paradise, with shops ranging from the eclectic to the elegant to the sublime. The Island has antique malls, a bevy of fashionable women’s boutiques, and many small owner-operated specialty shops, some of which feature designer-quality articles reflecting the Island’s history and the influence of the sea on the artists and craftsmen from whose imagination they sprang.
Amelia Island is home to many artists, some of whose studios are open to the Island’s guests, and whose works are available at many of the shops which line Centre Street in Fernandina Beach. Along with numerous individual galleries we have the Amelia Island Art Association Gallery representing over 150 artists. On the second Saturday of each month the galleries are open late for the Artrageous Artwalk where visitors can enjoy the various types of art that each gallery has to offer and meet the artists.
Bars and Nightlife
Several of the local watering holes offer a live music program throughout the week. Indigo Alley has an eclectic schedule that includes an open mic night, local artists and touring musicians. O’Kane’s Irish Bar has their house band playing Thursday through Saturday nights. The Green Turtle Tavern and the Dogstar Tavern both feature live music on a regular basis. Many of the restaurants will have musicians playing on their outdoor patios during the dinner hours. Walk our streets with your ears open and you’ll be certain to find some music that will get your toes tapping.
Something for Everyone
Looking for a massage or facial? Try Magna’s Aveda Salon on Center Street. Fresh fruits and vegetables or some homemade pasta? The Farmer’s Market held every Saturday morning has those items and many more. If you need to cool off after a day at the beach you can visit Fernandina’s Fantastic Fudge for some homemade ice cream or go to the Palace Saloon for a Pirate’s Punch. There truly is something for everyone in our downtown