Where is Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach?
Amelia Island is the northernmost barrier island On Florida’s Atlantic coast. The Island is located just 15 miles east of Interstate 95 by car, using exit# 373. Vacationers may also reach Amelia Island by air via the Jacksonville International Airport, which is 30 minutes South of the Island. Private, corporate and charter aircraft may use the facilities at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport, with rental cars available or shuttle service.
Things to know about “The Island”
Many visitors and residents first discover Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach as a friendly, comfortable and entertaining way station on the way south. Amelia Island is the southernmost of the “Golden Isles”, chain of barrier Islands. Amelia’s beaches are its most alluring attraction. 13 miles of pristine beaches, framed in places by 40 foot high sand dunes, capped by sea oats, ranked among America’s ten most beautiful beaches, according to “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous.”
The elevation of the Island is 20-25 feet above average sea level. Amelia Island is 13 miles long, its width varies from 1/4 to 2 miles and it comprises 18.2 sq. miles and 11,600 acres of which 7 sq. miles lie within the city limits of Fernandina Beach.
The 1990 census recorded a population of approximately 44,000 people of which 1/3 live on Amelia Island.
The annual average mean temperature for the Island is 69.9 degrees.
Main Attractions on the Island are its golf, it’s beaches, fishing and Fort Clinch.
Discover the charm of a turn of the century village as you stroll past 50 blocks of Homes and Buildings listed on the National Historic Places. Visit OLD TOWN, where swashbuckling pirates once roamed the streets, or see Fernandina Beach from a horse drawn carriage. Be a part of life in the 1860’s at Historic Fort Clinch and meet gallant Civil War soldiers. Enjoy the oldest saloon in Florida. The Palace, watering hole for modern pirates and sea dogs. Enjoy deep sea or fresh water fishing or be a spectator at one of the many fishing tournament that abound here. Call one of Amelia’s charter boat Captain’s for either blue water or Sailing, or spend an evening aboard a cruise boat and enjoy a buffet, with live entertainment and international casino. Enjoy long Horseback rides on a deserted beach or enjoy the features of up to 90 holes of golf, with ocean or marsh holes. Want World-class tennis, there’s no better place than Amelia Island.
There’s SO MUCH TO DO, You’ll want to come back again and again!