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AMELIA ISLAND: AN ISLAND APART
 
(2015 - Fall/Winter Issue)

Writer: EDWARD SCHMIDT JR



An alluring blend of sea oat-speckled dunes, live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss and amenity-loaded luxury resorts, Amelia Island oozes with natural beauty and Southern charm.

Just 21 kilometres long and 6.4 kilometres wide, Amelia Island, situated 40 kilometres north of Jacksonville, offers the perfect combination of an elegant resort lifestyle with beaches, golf courses and spas, nature-based activities, historical attractions, art and culture and special events such as the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival and Amelia Concours d’Elegance auto show.

Endless Possibilities 

Enhancing the island’s appeal is Fernandina Beach, a quaint fishing village brimming with Victorian homes, shops, restaurants and a bustling marina that dates back to the late 1700s.

The unquestioned star of Amelia Island is its pristine 21-kilometre-long beach, which is ideal for strolling, engaging in water sports and viewing marine life up close and personal. Saddle up, too, because the wide and seemingly untouched beaches are one of the few in the U.S. where horseback riding is allowed.

History appreciation is also an integral part of the Amelia Island experience. Explore the 567-hectare Fort Clinch State Park where you stroll through a wonderfully preserved Civil War era fort, hike and bike a 10-kilometre off-road trail and enjoy swimming, fishing and wildlife. Take a walking tour of Fernandina Beach to appreciate its historical homes, quaint bed and breakfast inns and picturesque harbour. To get an excellent perspective on the history of the area, visit the Amelia Island Museum of History.

When it’s time to dine, Amelia Island has an amazing mix of ethnic cuisines and seafood restaurants. Whether you prefer a rustic oyster bar, a romantic bistro or an exceptional fine dining experience, there are more than 70 restaurants on the island in a variety of settings.

Shop at the independent shops and art galleries in Fernandina Beach or at the specialty boutiques at the island’s resorts.

For accommodation, myriad choices include world-class resorts such as the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, the Seaside Amelia Inn and other locally-owned hotels and motels, historical inns, condo and private home rentals, and camping sites.

Golfers, you can tee it high and watch it fly on the island’s spectacular courses, an impressive menu highlighted by three championship layouts at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort; the impeccably maintained Golf Club of Amelia Island; the prestigious Amelia River Golf Club designed by Tom Jackson; and the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, one of the most popular municipal golf courses in the Southeast with 27 challenging holes.

While your duffer is roaming the fairways, enjoy a soothing day at the spa, yoga on the beach, a biking tour or a variety of other fun activities.

From romantic getaways to truly memorable family vacations, Amelia Island offers everything you seek and need.

Travel Planner

To plan your Amelia Island getaway, visit ameliaisland.com

 
 
 
 
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