Destination guide

Experience Fernandina Beach in vacation home rentals

Fernandina Beach offers beachside comforts and a deep historical heritage. Amelia Island is also known as ‘the Isle of 8 Flags,’ thanks to its status as the only spot in the US that’s been ruled under 8 different national flags. For history buffs, there’s plenty to learn about the island’s periods under French, Spanish, British, Mexican, Confederate, American, and independent patriot sovereignty. For everyone else, there’s plenty of parks, pristine beaches, fishing charters, golf courses, and other activities near the many vacation rentals in Fernandina Beach.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Fernandina Beach vacation rentals

Given Amelia Island’s status as the only municipality in the US ever ruled under 8 different flags, it’s not surprising that museums are among the area’s top attractions. Go back in time to the Civil War with a visit to Fort Clinch State Park, or get a more comprehensive walk through Fernandina Beach history by spending an afternoon at the Amelia Island Museum of History. There are also some less serious and more family-friendly museums in the area, such as the Fernandina Beach Pinball Museum, which offers unlimited play of a dozen pinball machines from different eras which are sure to fill the air with squeals of delight.

Activities

Things to do near Fernandina Beach vacation homes

As the name suggests, Fernandina Beach is very much a beach community, and many travelers look for waterside vacation rentals that will keep them near the ocean. For pristine white sand, big waves, and abundant seashells, head to Main Beach Park. It’s perfect for swimming, strolling along the water, or watching the sunrise on the oceanic horizon. Amelia Island is also a popular destination for golfers, known for highly-rated courses such as Island Falls Golf and The Golf Club at North Hampton.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Fernandina Beach vacation homes

Like other spots along Florida’s coast, Fernandina Beach sees its peak travel season in the summertime; June through September also marks the area’s rainiest period. If you'd prefer less rain and balmier temperatures, consider booking your vacation rental in Fernandina Beach during spring or fall. Daily temperatures throughout those seasons still reach into the 70s, offering plentiful chances to enjoy the area’s beaches, bars, and parks. Winter temperatures can drop into the 40s and are just fine for museum exploration or relaxed family time at your cozy holiday home.

Natural features

Behold a plethora of wildlife in Fernandina Beach

A Fernandina Beach vacation rental offers proximity to exciting and exotic oceanic wildlife. Every year, Atlantic right whales migrate to the waters off the coast of Amelia Island to give birth to their young. If you plan your visit to Fernandina Beach in December or January, you might catch a glimpse of one of these rare aquatic giants. The beaches also customarily draw in plodding sea turtles and cheeky pelicans, while Fort Clinch State Park is also a nature reserve where you can find herons, bobcats, alligators, and even armadillos.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Fernandina Beach

The nearest airport is in Jacksonville, FL (JAX-Jacksonville Intl.), located 18.1 mi (29.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Jacksonville, FL (CRG-Jacksonville Executive at Craig), which is 23.3 mi (37.6 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near Fernandina Beach vacation homes

Families with children can enjoy an array of fun attractions in Fernandina Beach. Vacation rentals are available near places like the Amelia Island Lighthouse, a historic lighthouse with guided tours, and the Maritime Museum of Amelia Island, a museum with exhibits and artifacts of maritime and pirate history. Kids will also like the Welcome Center and Shrimp Museum, a museum with artifacts, photos, and videos tracing the history of shrimping in the area.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation homes in Fernandina Beach

Fernandina Beach boasts many idyllic locations for couples. Vacation homes put you within reach of places like Island Art Association Gallery, a gallery with works by local artists and workshops and scheduled events, and Fernandina Beach Historic District, a historic district with fascinating heritage buildings and shops. You'll also like Seaside Park, a waterside park with picnic areas, pavilions, a boardwalk, and beach access.

Where to stay around Fernandina Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 973 vacation rentals near Fernandina Beach. From 236 Houses to 580 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Fernandina Beach are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Fernandina Beach?

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 Fernandina Beach:

  • Amelia Island: 923 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Cay: 167 vacation rentals
  • Heron Oaks: 97 vacation rentals
  • The Beaches: 279 vacation rentals
  • Southside: 80 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 Fernandina Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Fernandina Beach. 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: 1,000 vacation rentals
  • Amelia Island Museum of History: 976 vacation rentals
  • American Beach: 1,097 vacation rentals
  • Fort Clinch State Park: 972 vacation rentals
  • Fernandina Beach Golf Club: 990 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fernandina Beach 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 Fernandina Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 236 Houses in Fernandina Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Fernandina Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 580 rentals available
  • Cottages: 23 rentals available
  • Villas: 48 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Fernandina Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 711 vacation rentals with pool available in Fernandina Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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