Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, FL, USA

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Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, FL, USA

Amelia Island vacation rentals

Florida's inspiring island getaway

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.

Adventures on land and at sea

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.

Immerse yourself in Amelia Island's history

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.

Year-round sunshine on Amelia Island

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.

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.