Fernandina Beach is a hotspot for some excellent boutique shopping, many historic attractions, and some good, old-fashioned rustic exploring. The historic district is the center of the action. You can take the family for an exciting afternoon at one of the best places to see along Florida’s northern coast.
There is a slight catch: Parking can be a challenge on Amelia Island, particularly during high seasons. Making your way to the historic district from Amelia Island vacation rentals can be a headache if you’re not sure where to park. Thankfully, we’ve put together a handy guide to getting around stress-free in this historic community.
The easiest way to park in Fernandina Beach is on the island’s many streets, both main and side. On-street public parking is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. During this time, parking is limited to three hours. Parking outside this time frame is not subject to the time limit.
The historic district is a popular area that lies between Date Street to the south and Alachua Street to the north. You may come across private parking areas in the historic district, but they may be residential or customer-only parking. Be sure to check any signs before parking.
Key Parking Locations
There are more than 10 public parking lots in the area, most of them are confined to the first few blocks up from Fernandina Harbor. There is no cost to park in any of these lots, and many do not have the same time restriction as street parking.
Here are some of the most convenient lots downtown:
- The Nassau County Public Library parking lot, located at 25 N 4th St.
- City Hall parking lot at S. 2nd Street and Ash Street (All day on weekends and weekdays after 5 pm).
- Parking lot at North 2nd and Alachua Streets, on the north end of Fernandina Beach’s historic area.
- Parking lot at Front Street on the water, at the end of Centre Street.
- Parking area at the corner of Front and Ash streets along the water on the south side, right near the boat ramp.
While parking is generally free on Amelia Island, be wary of fines. Overtime parking for breaching the three-hour time limit is $25. A handicapped parking violation is $100. Unauthorized parking in a handicapped parking spot or loading zone could result in your car being towed.
Parking and Driving Tips
Compared to other historic cities like Savannah, GA, and St. Augustine, FL, parking in Fernandina Beach is quite manageable. Spots are clearly marked with hours, handicapped designations, and loading zone status.
If you are traveling during a holiday, consider calling the city for holiday parking information. Some areas, particularly around Centre Street, may be closed for parking due to holiday-related events. City officials can be reached at 904-277-7300.
Driving into the area will almost certainly include a trip down Atlantic Avenue, the main artery into the city and a good place to find parking.
But be careful: according to the city, about 50 percent of all Fernandina Beach vehicle accidents are related to drivers backing out of parking spots. Many of these incidents are concentrated in Atlantic Avenue and Centre Street. Please drive carefully when pulling in and out of parking spots and watch for others doing the same.
We offer some luxurious Amelia Island vacation rentals near some of the best places to see, including historic downtown Fernandina Beach.
After a few hours in the sun and sand, enjoy an afternoon in historic Fernandina Beach to explore the attractions before settling back in for the night in your cozy rental. Please contact us at (800)-741-4011 for details.