Close to Perfection
A vibrant enclave within a lush, natural haven, Amelia Island Plantation is nestled near the southern tip of Amelia Island, but also convenient to the best of Florida’s “First Coast” — from Jacksonville to Fernandina Beach.
Hop on A1A North, and in 15 minutes you’re in downtown Fernandina Beach exploring museums, the arts, eclectic shops, a world of bars and restaurants and the area’s rare Victorian architecture.
In Jacksonville (aka “Jax”), about 30 minutes away, you’ll find a big city vibe that includes pro sports, big name music and theater, Florida State College, world-renowned medical facilities such as the Mayo Clinic and the MD Anderson Cancer Center, as well as quick getaways from Jacksonville International Airport.
The Amelia Island & Fernandina Beach interactive map highlights top attractions including beach parks, historic landmarks, nearby islands, and the best spots to explore coastal nature.
Things to Do Around the Island
A picturesque barrier island off the northeast coast of Florida, Amelia Island combines the wonders of nature with the charms of quaint southern living. Be sure to save the dates for the island’s full calendar of events, such as the Isle of Eight Flag Shrimp Festival, Dickens on Centre and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Fortunately, you’ll still have plenty of time to explore the unique history of the island, including pirate lore and pristine Victorian architecture. Whether you’re a history buff, foodie, art lover, pub crawler or outdoors enthusiast, you’ll never run out of new experiences to enjoy. To learn more, visit ameliaisland.com
Historic Fernandina Beach
Featuring a 50-block downtown district filled with shops, bars and restaurants (and more!) and home to 14 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, Fernandina Beach is filled with discoveries. While you’re there, mosey over to the Amelia Island History Museum to learn about the island’s birthplace, shrimping industry, natural beauty and more. Both places are just a short drive north of AIP.
Exciting Golf Courses
On property, Amelia Island Club members can choose from among the Tom Fazio-designed Long Point course, the Omni’s Pete Dye-designed Oak Marsh or the resort’s new Little Sandy short course designed by Beau Welling. Elsewhere on Amelia Island, golfers will enjoy the pristine Fernandina Golf Club public course, the diverse layout of the Golf Club of Amelia Island, and the Amelia River Golf Club, which is great for players who like a challenge.
The Amelia Concours
A motoring event like no other, The Amelia Concours D’Elegance at the Golf Club of Amelia Island annually draws more than 300 rare vehicles from collections around the world vying for awards and accolades. Surrounding The Amelia each March are a whirlwind of automotive events that annually draw thousands of automotive enthusiasts, including the spectacular Gooding & Company auction hosted by the Omni Amelia Island Resort at Racquet Park.
Amelia Island Lighthouse
An enduring landmark and symbol of the island, the Amelia Island Lighthouse began operating in 1839 and still operates today. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, make sure to take a tour and snap plenty of photos of this impressive, historical structure.
George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier
Surf fish along the shoreline or wet your lines from the mile-long, pedestrian-only George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier spanning Nassau Sound.
Amelia Island State Park
Reacquaint yourself with adventure at the exceptional Amelia Island State Park, located just south of AIP on the southern tip of the island. Here you can enjoy horseback riding on the beach, riding tours on the shore and ample opportunities for fishing.
Fort Clinch State Park
While strolling around Fernandina Beach, take part of the day to enjoy Fort Clinch, a park where history is intertwined with the beauty of nature. Serving as a military post during the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War II, this monumental landmark is worth checking out with family, friends and neighbors.
A short walk north of AIP is beautiful American Beach, which was founded in 1935 by A.L. Lewis, Florida’s first African-American millionaire. Several sites within American Beach are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, so bring a history buff along for this scenic, educational journey.