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Your Guide to Surfing on Amelia Island

An Amelia Island getaway is always something for travelers to look forward to. If you happen to be an adventurer with a passion for time on the waves, you’ll love that Amelia Island is a great place to grab a surfboard and make the most of the thrills! Whether you’re an expert on a surfboard or you’re new to the sport and you’re excited to learn something new, this is the place to embrace the best of Amelia Island surfing.  

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, access our exclusive Amelia Island Vacation Guide! This free resource is filled with innkeeper-selected recommendations on the best things to do during your trip. Everything you need is just a short distance away when you stay at The Addison on Amelia Island.

Best Places to Surf During Your Stay 

When you take time to enjoy a getaway with a focus on Amelia Island surfing, you’ll have plenty of options for prime places to explore. Main Beach is a beautiful local destination with great surfing opportunities while Fort Clinch State Park is another stop to be sure to add to your itinerary. Experienced surfers will find locales like American Beach and Peters Point to be equally appealing when it comes to catching great waves during their stay. 

Partner with Surf Experts in the Area 

While many surf enthusiasts come to Amelia Island to enjoy time on the water with their own gear in hand, you have just as many convenient rental options available in town. At Riptide Watersports, you can rent a surfboard to fit your style. As a full-serve operation, they also offer private and group surf lessons upon request. Lessons are $99 for 90 minutes of instruction and can be booked by calling 904-891-5687.

The team at Amelia Island Paddle Surf Company also has surfboards for rent when you call 904-479-5787. They offer surf and paddleboard lessons and clinics with options to book on-the-water tours. At this location, you’ll need to call ahead for specific pricing.

Surf-Asylum is a one-stop-resource for family-friendly surf instruction with an hour-long lesson available for just $70 when you call 904-583-4230.

At Driftwood Surf Shop, on-the-water enthusiasts can stock up on surfing accessories, rent a board for the day, or enjoy a lesson with a focus on technique for $60 an hour. Questions for the team at Driftwood Surf Shop can be directed to 904-321-2188.

Amelia Surf Co. is located at Seaside Plaza and has surfboard rentals to reserve as well as lessons and camps available. Call 904-432-8482 to reserve your place in one of their top-rated surf camps that runs for a week with prices starting at $350. For a surfing-focused experience that helps you relieve stress, consider booking a spot on a Wahine Surf and Yoga Retreat in Fernandina Beach that spans 3 or 7 days depending on preference. These gatherings bring like-minded women together to share the power of the ocean. You’ll surf and windsurf your way to feeling centered, connected, and stronger. 


When is the best time to go surfing? 

The best time of year to surf Amelia Island is typically during winter with January highlighted as a prime time to hit the waves. This is when consistent swells and offshore winds combine to create optimal conditions.  

What should I pack? 

When you’re planning to focus on surfing fun during your stay, you’re going to want to be sure you have your surfboard in place as well as fins, leashes, finkey, a tool kit, and wax. A surf backpack is always helpful when it’s filled with sunscreen, chapstick, a first aid kit, and earplugs. 

Where can I go after surfing to recharge? 

Book your stay at The Addison on Amelia and you’ll always have a luxurious, comfortable, and stylish place to rest up after a fun day on the waves! 

Book your Stay Today 

Enjoy every moment of your surf getaway to Amelia Island in luxury and style when you book your accommodations at The Addison on Amelia. Reach out today to learn more and to start planning. 

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