Destination guide

Island getaway at Amelia Island vacation home rentals

With its lush forests, subtropical climate and miles of blissful coastline, it's little wonder that Amelia is one of North America's best loved island getaways. Visitors have been flocking here since the late 19th century, as evinced by its opulent Victorian-style summer houses. If you're looking for something a little less ostentatious, Amelia Island vacation rentals also include cozy cottages and modern condos, many of which boast inspiring ocean views. Once you've settled into your home-away-from-home, you can look forward to leisurely days perusing quirky boutiques, dining on freshly-caught seafood, or simply soaking up sunshine on a tranquil, sandy beach.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Amelia Island vacation rentals

You'll find an eclectic array of attractions within easy reach of your Amelia Island vacation rental. The Amelia Island Museum of History is an immersive celebration of the diverse cultures which have shaped all aspects of island life. Explore an ancient Native American village, experience life as an inmate in the old Nassau County jailhouse, and peruse exquisite artifacts from Amelia's Spanish Mission period. Culture vultures must also set time aside for the American Beach Museum, a one-of-a-kind attraction exploring the history of American Beach, a vibrant African American resort community established in 1935 in defiance of segregation laws.

Activities

Activities near Amelia Island vacation homes

Amelia Island's crystal-clear waters offer an idyllic setting for all manner of aquatic adventures. Grab yourself a kayak and explore hidden creeks and verdant marshes, or jump on a jet ski and skim across the glistening ocean as fast as you can. Anglers can head out reef or wreck fishing, in the hope of catching sea bass and trigger fish, while golfers can look forward to acquainting themselves with the region's lush waterfront championship courses. Islanders enjoy a jam-packed year-round events program, with highlights including festivals devoted to jazz, literature and chamber music.

Day trips

Day trips from Amelia Island vacation homes

Amelia Island offers opportunities for fun-filled day trips to Jacksonville. Vacation rentals are just a short distance from attractions like the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, a vast zoo with African wildlife, gardens, a train, and a kid’s play area, and Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, a museum with thousands of works of art from ancient to modern. You’ll also like the Kingsley Plantation, a riverfront plantation with tours of historic buildings.

Weather

Local weather near Amelia Island vacation homes

Amelia Island's enviable climate ensures that it's a popular destination throughout the year. Winters are dry, sunny and generally warm, making it a great choice for those looking to escape chillier climes. Amelia Island vacation rentals are in particularly high demand over the Christmas holidays, and again during the peak summer vacation season. However, at this time of year humidity can be high, and rainfall is more likely. Spring and fall are great times to visit, with slightly milder temperatures and fewer out-of-towners.

Natural features

Animal encounters on Amelia Island

If you're visiting in winter, be sure to join a boat trip in search of rare North Atlantic right whales, which migrate here to give birth and nurse their young. If your trip doesn't coincide with this particular natural spectacle, this blissful barrier island has plenty more up its sleeves. Each spring, stately sea turtles can be spotted laying their eggs on Amelia's quartz sand beaches. The sprawling state parks are home to all manner of enthralling creatures, from alligators to armadillos.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Amelia Island

The nearest airport is in Jacksonville, FL (JAX-Jacksonville Intl.), located 17 mi (27.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Jacksonville, FL (CRG-Jacksonville Executive at Craig), which is 20.9 mi (33.6 km) away.

Family friendly

Family attractions near Amelia Island vacation homes

Amelia Island has a range of unique attractions that are perfect for kids. Vacation rentals are available near family-focused locations like the Maritime Museum of Amelia Island, a museum with maritime and pirate artifacts and treasures, and Seaside Park, a waterside park with a sandy beach, picnic areas, and a boardwalk. Kids will also like the Fernandina Beach Main Park, a beachfront park with picnic areas, sand volleyball courts, and play structures.

Can I find a vacation rental around Amelia Island?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 922 vacation rentals near Amelia Island. From 207 Houses to 572 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Amelia Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Amelia Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Amelia Island:

  • The Beaches: 278 vacation rentals
  • Southside: 78 vacation rentals
  • Atlantic Shores: 62 vacation rentals
  • Riverside: 15 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 23 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Amelia Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Amelia Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Peters Point Beach Front Park: 988 vacation rentals
  • Amelia Island Museum of History: 964 vacation rentals
  • American Beach: 1,083 vacation rentals
  • Fort Clinch State Park: 961 vacation rentals
  • Fernandina Beach Golf Club: 978 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Amelia Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Amelia Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 207 Houses in Amelia Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Amelia Island include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 572 rentals available
  • Villas: 48 rentals available
  • Cottages: 16 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Amelia Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 700 vacation rentals with pool available in Amelia Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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