Episode 14: Discover Amelia Island, Florida – A Local's Ultimate Travel Guide

Amelia Island Travel Guide

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How to Get Here:

Fly into Jacksonville International Airport or drive if you are within 5-6 hours driving distance

You will probably want to rent a car, not only to get onto the island from the airport but to get to the beach and to downtown and so you can explore the state parks on the island.  Sometimes it is difficult to get an uber to drop you off on the island (Scott has had several times that the Uber has picked up his ride and then dropped it). 

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Where to Stay:

Rent a house or condo, stay in a bed and breakfast, a local hotel, or a chain hotel. See all options here.

Some options include:

Near the Beach - North End of the Island

Springhill Suites and Courtyard by Mariott

Amelia Seaside Inn

Elizabeth Point

Near Downtown Fernandina Beach

Hampton Inn and Suites

Addison on Ameila

Amelia Schoolhouse Inn - A Southern Living Hotel

Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast

The Florida House Inn

Near the Beach - On the South End of the Island

Ritz Carlton Amelia Island

Omni Amelia

Camping at Ft Clinch State Park is on the beach but it books up 12 months in advance so plan ahead

What to do:

Enjoy the Beach- there is public beach access every ¼ mile along A1A and the beach is dog friendly (just bring along poop bags


Fernandina Beach Golf Club, Amelia River Club and if you are staying at the Omni or Ritz Carlton you will have access to their courses


McGregors (downtown), Putt Putt Fun Center (at Main Beach), Island- Falls Adventure Golf (on Sadler)

State Parks:

Ft Clinch State Park - Famous for Shark tooth hunting, the fort, hiking trails, the beach, and biking

Amelia Island State Park

Festivals- see the events calendar here

Dickens on Centre and the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival are favorites!

Market Day - Every Saturday Year Round from 9am-1pm 

Other Activities:

Rent Bikes or E bikes

Enjoy the Egan's Crekk Greenway

Playgrounds - Pirate Playground, Playground at Main Beach, Playground at Central Park


Local Surf Shops - Driftwood Surf Shop & Amelia Surf Co

Downtown Shopping includes your tacky touristy kitsch souvenir shops, tee shirt shops, ladies wear, homegoods, menswear, and more!

Where to Eat and Drink - (For Brunch and Dinner we would recommend trying to make a reservation) - be sure to check online for hours 

Breweries & Distillery

Marlin & Barrel Distillery - Free Tastings - Tell Shannon Scott & Melissa sent you 


First Love Brewing

Amelia Island Brewers

Live Music & Night Life

Green Turtle

The Palace Saloon - The Oldest Bar in Florida- Stop by and have your picture made with the pirate and grab a famous pirate punch.

Wine and Cocktail Bar - The Decantery 

Beach Bars (these are also Restaurants)

The Sandbar - right at Main Beach 

Sliders - at Sadler Road


Mocoma Coffee

Downtown - Amelia Island Coffee

*1928 Cuban Cafe - Great coffee, breakfast, sandwiches - open for breakfast and lunch


Breakfast & Brunch 

Aloha Bagel 

Garden Street Bistro - small cafe so make a reservation 

The Patio at 5th and Ash

Tortuga Jacks at Sliders - opens early with a sunrise view

Leddy’s Porch - weekends only - call for reservations

Go Juice - Smoothies, Frozen Coffee Beverages, Acai and Dragon Bowls


Salt Life - we love the Sear Ahi Tuna Salad and their specialty cocktails

La Serena - authentic mexican cuisine

4th Street Deli - Sandwiches and Authentic Deli Salads (only open for lunch)

Tasty’s Burgers 

T-Ray’s (known for their burgers, breakfast) - there’s usually a line

The Salty Pelican

The Sandbar


Pepper’s Mexican

Pablos - moving to a new location on Centre Street

Grab a Deli Sandwich at Publix 

Dinner - check for reservations, open days and times as they can get busy

The Patio at 5th & Ash - this is one of our favorite spots for outdoor dining and live music - I personally love their mussels

Ciao - Italian but they have great seafood options

Espana - Spanish Tapas - definitely make reservations 

The Boathouse

The Wicked Bao

Sushi Akari - be sure to arrive at least 45 minutes before closing or they will make you do carry out

Cafe Karibo

 Pablos - upscale Mexican and Mezcal Drinks


 V’s Pizza - on Sadler

 Arte - Downtown

 First Love Brewing

 Townies - they have a pizza garden outside the restaurant - New York Style Pizza - they serve slices for lunch


 Cedar River Seafood

 Down Under 


 If you have a kitchen go to Atlantic Seafood Market and pick up seafood to cook

 Publix also carries the Mayport Shrimp

 Off the island South on A1A 

Safe Harbor Seafood (there's a market and a restaurant) - you’ll need to take the ferry across the river and it is closed on Monday

 Palm’s Fish Camp 

 The Sand Dollar 

 Dessert & Ice Cream

 In Downtown Fernandina:

 Whatanut - handmade Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches - choose your cookie and ice cream flavor 

 Fantastic Fudge - Handmade Fudge & Yoder’s Ice Cream

 Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop 

 DeNucci’s on Sadler  - try the Hot Brownie Sundae but they also have Dole Whip 


 On the North End:




 Nassau Health Foods - like a small whole foods or Sprouts

 On the South End:


 Other shopping:

 Don’t miss our local Ace Hardware - beach essentials, clothing, a huge Yeti selection, flip flops and sunglasses 

Packing List:

Bathing Suit & Cover Up/Rash Guard

Lightweight Tropical clothing - shorts, tank top, flip flops

Sundresses and Chino Shorts/Polo or Button up for Dinner 

Beach Chairs, coolers, beach shade, sand toys, shell bags (we have lots of shells in addition to the shark teeth)

Books and kindles

Golf clubs

Tennis Racket for Pickleball


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