Florida’s barrier islands hold much of the state’s beauty, with pristine sands, unparalleled views, and feeling being on a far away, tropical place without actually leaving the state. If you love island hopping in The Sunshine State or are just looking for a new place to wander, Amelia Island in Florida is a must-add to your travel bucket list.

This barrier island can be found on Florida’s northeast coast, with 13 miles of gorgeous beaches, wildlife encounters, and some truly unique ways to explore the area.

Whether by land, sea, or a crazy combination of both, there’s always something to do at Amelia Island.

Explore the culture of this historic place through the food, the drinks, and gorgeous architecture. From picturesque streets, you can wander down to the beach, and might even catch of a glimpse of sea turtles and find stunning shells and shark teeth.

No matter how you want to do explore it, the ways in which you can enjoy Amelia Island are all rich and unique.

By the food

Address: 20 South 2nd St., Fernandina Beach, FL

Why You Need To Go: You can experience a true taste of Amelia Island at Le Clos, a charming Parisian cottage serves up dishes made by chef and owner Katherine Ewing, who studied at several prestigious French cooking schools. Le Clos uses only the freshest and local seafood ingredients, so you know you’re getting only the best and supporting local businesses.

By the drinks

Address: 117 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL

Why You Need To Go: At Florida’s oldest bar, you can cheers to your bright future while admiring a relic from the past. The Palace Saloon has been in business since 1903 and prepared drinks for ships from all over the world, and still brings people together over a hearty pint today. 

By the land

Address: 4000 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island, FL

Why You Need To Go: You can take in the scenery of Amelia Island by hopping aboard one of the Rollin’ Phat Scooters, one of the most fun modes of personal travel around. With three driving modes consisting of 8 mph, 13 mph, and 20 mph, you can cruise in style and explore the whole island. 

By the water

Address: 3 S. Front Street Fernandina Beach, FL

Why You Need To Go: Explore Amelia Island by water in a whole new way — by hydro bike! You can cycle down Amelia River, catch incredible views of the sunset, and even work up a good sweat on your way. 

By the beach

Address: Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island

Why You Need To Go: Besides enjoying the untouched sands of Amelia Island’s gorgeous beaches, you’ll even have a pretty good chance at spotting sea turtles if you come during the right reason. During the rest of the year, you can scope out the sands of colorful shells and even prehistoric shark teeth. 

Happy island adventuring!


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.

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