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50th Annual Shrimp Festival

It’s just around the corner…. Please join us to commemorate “The Year of the Golden Shrimp” as the 50th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is celebrated on May 3, 4, & 5, 2013. ERA Fernandina Beach Realty is... Read more

Amelia Island Aerial view

There’s Plenty to do on Amelia Island, Even on a Rainy Day

There’s a saying that’s popular here on Amelia Island: “if you don’t like the weather, then wait a minute and it will change.” So yes, it does rain on our lovely isle on occasion. But that’s no cause for worry,... Read more

The sun peeks through the wood on a dune boardwalk.

Fernandina Beach Has Something For Everyone to Enjoy

Finding a vacation spot that’s sure to please everyone can be nearly impossible. This is true whether it’s just you and your partner or a few energetic kids as well. One person wants to explore nature, another wants to learn... Read more

Shopping
Amelia Island offers many unique shopping experiences. The Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach offers rows and rows shops on Centre Street, housing an eclectic assortment of curios, island apparel, boutiques and antiques. On the South end of the island there is Palmetto Walk and The Spa & Shops at Amelia Island Plantation can offer an afternoon of shopping and dining. Art Galleries are also plentiful on the island providing many different works of art from local artists.

Golf – Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Club
Open to the public, offering 27 holes of golf. This public course has been rated three and a half stars by Golf Digest, making it amongst the best public courses in the country. Driving range, practice putting green, a stocked pro shop and a clubhouse with food and a full bar are available for use. For more information call (904) 277-7370.

Golf – Amelia Island Plantation Golf
72 championship wholes spread out over four 18-hole golf courses – Oak Marsh, Ocean Links, Long Point and Amelia River Golf Club. Amelia Island Plantation offers seven ocean front holes along with wide greenways in between large sprawling oaks. For more information visit www.aipfl.com or call (904) 261-6161.

Golf – Golf Club of Amelia Island
Golf Club of Amelia Island – Located in the Summer Beach Resort adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton this 18 hole course was designed by Mark McCumber and Gene Littler. This course offers many challenges but gives enough forgiveness to remind you that golf is, after all, just a game. For more information visit, www.golfclubofamelia.com or call (904) 277-8015.

Golf – The Golf Club at North Hampton
The Golf Club at North Hampton – Located off island this 18 hole course was designed by Arnold Palmer and offers great challenges for golfer’s of all ages. For more information visit, www.northhampton.com/golfclub.asp or call (904) 548-0000.

Outdoor Activities – Miniature Golf
Island Falls Adventure Golf (904) 261-7881 -Main Beach Putt-Putt (904) 277-4443

Outdoor Activities – Kelly Seahorse Ranch
Horseback riding on the beach! One hour guided tours on the unspoiled beaches of Amelia Island. Located with the scenic Amelia Island State Park. For more information visit, www.kellyranchinc.com or call (904) 491-5166.

Outdoor Activities – Kayak Amelia
Learn about Amelia Island and its ecosystem while you paddle through local marshes and creeks. Providing equipment and instruction it’s a great activity for all ages. For more information visit, www.kayakamelia.com or call (904) 251-0016.

Outdoor Activities – Fort Clinch State Park
Located on the North End of Amelia Island, Fort Clinch State Park has so much to offer. Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought here, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars. Daily tours with period reenactments depicting garrison life bring the fort to life for visitors. Sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing are popular activities at the beach. Anglers can fish from the pier or take advantage of excellent surf fishing. Hikers and bicyclists can enjoy a six-mile trail through the park. Self-guided nature trails provide opportunities to learn about and observe native plants and wildlife. A full-facility campground and a youth camping area provide overnight accommodations. For more information www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch/ or call (904) 277-7274

Outdoor Activities – Egan’s Creek Greenway
238 acres of “environmentally-sensitive” property. The greenway is located in the center of the island, extending from Atlantic Avenue to Sadler Road. Great place walk or bike to explore the nature of the island and get the chance to see some of the wildlife Amelia Island has to offer. Stop by the Community Center to pick up a brochure with maps of the Greenway along with a list of the many different types of birds you can expect to see. For more information visit www.ourgreenway.org

Outdoor Activities – Public Parks
Main Beach located on the corner of S. Fletcher and Atlantic Avenue offer basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, playground, a skate park and family picnic areas. -Central Park located on Atlantic Avenue near Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach offers basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball fields, a playground and family picnic areas.

Outdoor Activities – State Parks
Amelia Island State Recreation Area is located at the south end of the island. The park contains 200 acres of untouched beaches, salt marsh and forest. For more information, call (904) 251-2320 -Big Talbot and Little Talbot Island State Parks are located just south of Amelia Island on A1A. Big Talbot offers the perfect vantage for overlooking the bluffs, enjoying a picnic, strolling the beach for treasures or taking pictures. Little Talbot offers natural sand dunes and undisturbed salt marshes provide hours of back to nature relaxation.

Fishing
Before you go fishing, be informed and know the Florida fishing laws. The fishing information on this site is a brief overview of fishing in Florida, but the laws do change periodically. It is important that you personally read and thoroughly understand the Florida Fishing Regulations and the Florida Fishing laws before you go fishing. For more information, you can visit the Florida Wildlife Commission website, www.myfwc.com. Amelia Island fishing has several exemptions from the Florida fishing laws concerning those that do not need a fishing license. These people can obtain a free license at a tax collector’s office. It would be wise to check with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s website before visiting Amelia Island. Licenses can be obtained online or purchased at Wal-Mart on Amelia Island.

Fishing – AC Charters
Captain Allen – With over 35 years of fishing experience from Fernandina Beach to Mexico to the Bahamas Captain Allen can take you from the Backcountry or open blue water. All types of excursion. Visit www.accharters.net or call (904) 261-2870.

Fishing – Amelia Angler
Director Terry LaCoss – The Amelia Angler can schedule fishing and sailing charters for 2 to 40 people. Along with group charters to Cumberland Island and the “Dungeness” Ruins, catered cocktail cruises and family fishing fun there is something for everyone. For more information visit, www.ameliaangler.com or call (904) 321-5090.

Fishing – Amelia Island Backwater Tours
Captain Scott Stewart – Specializing in red fish and spotted sea trout. You will also catch tarpon, sharks, flounder, black drum, and jack crevalle in the water surrounding the historical Fernandina Beach-Amelia Island area. We supply all rods, reels, tackle, bait, ice, and fishing license for backwater fishing trips. For more information visit, www.ameliaislandbackwatercharters.com or call (904) 335-1162.

Fishing – Captain Russell Tharin & Janet Tharin
We specialize in redfish and spotted sea trout fishing in the backcountry flats inshore and near shore of Amelia Island, Florida They offer charters, lessons and ECO tours. For more information visit, www.flyfishingameliaisland.com or call (904) 491-4799.

Spa – The Spa at Amelia Island Plantation
Our mission is to provide unsurpassed spa and salon services using the highest quality natural skin and earth friendly products to ensure our commitment to our guests and the environment. Spa services include relaxing massages, body treatments, facials and a full service salon. For more information visit, www.spaamelia.com or call (877) 843-7722

Spa – The Spa at Ritz-Carlton
At this luxurious Amelia Island spa, the pace is set by the rocking of waves, the ebb and flow of tidal marshes and the rhythmic croaking of tree frogs. Here time heals, replenishes and refreshes. Cares and distractions melt away in the ocean breeze as guests float weightlessly in hammocks or unwind in luxurious relaxation lounges. In this tranquil atmosphere, guests at this Amelia Island resort and spa connect with what’s elemental – in themselves, in each other and in their seaside surroundings. For more information visit, www.ritzcarlton.com or call (904) 277-1100

Tours – Amelia River Cruises & Cumberland Sound Ferry
Located in Downtown Historic Fernandina Beach and offering narrated sightseeing cruises aboard a 49-paseendger vessel that allow passengers to catch a sight of wildlife and learn about the histories of Fernandina Beach or Cumberland Island. Also, scheduled ferry trips to St. Mary’s, Georgia. For more information visit, www.ameliarivercruises.com or call (904) 261-9972.

Tours – Polly the Trolley
Learn about Fernandina Beach’s rich history while touring Downtown, Old Town, Egan’s Creek, Main Beach and the Historic District while riding on Polly the Trolley! Tours start “At the River” on Front Street. For more information, www.pollthetrolley.com or (904) 753-4486.

Tours – Old Towne Carriage Company
Take a horse-drawn carriage ride while you listed to an oral history tour of the historic district. A special treat for children and adults alike. For more information visit, www.ameliacarriagetours.com or call (904) 277-1555.

Tours – Ghost Walking Tour
Every Friday & Saturday night lean hauntingly good ghost stories through the skillful storytelling of your local guide. Meet in the cemetery behind St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 801 Atlantic Avenue. For more information visit, www.ghosttoursofameliaisland.com or call (904) 548-0996.

History – Bosque Bello Cemetery
Guarded by sprawling live oaks and ancient cedars, soldiers rest from Napoleon’s Army, Revolutionary, Spanish and Civil Wars. Located 1 mile north of Atlantic Avenue on North 14th Street this old cemetery take you back in time.

History – Amelia Island Mueseum of History
Florida’s first oral history museum. The Museum offers 4,000 years of Amelia Island’s history and includes modern exhibits, educational lectures, historic walking tours and ghost tours. For more information visit, www.ameliaislandmuseumofhistory.org or call (904) 261-7378.

History – Amelia Island Lighthouse
Oldest lighthouse is the state of Florida dating back to 1839. Tours are offered the first and third Wednesday of every month. The property is open every Saturday from 11am – 2pm for viewing only. Contact the City of Fernandina Beach Recreation Department for more information, (904) 277-7350.

Dining
There are a wealth of dining options in Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach and Yulee. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch and dinner or just a quick bite to eat, there are a variety of restaurants and cuisines for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to sample the seafood in Fernandina Beach, the birthplace of the modern Shrimping industry!


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