Amelia Island is the southernmost island in the Sea Island chain that stretches along the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to South Carolina. Birthplace of the modern shrimping industry and formerly home to pirates and bawdy women, Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach boast a rich history.
The region’s abundant bionetworks include tidal marshes, coastal waterways, estuaries, ocean shorelines, and upland hammocks which provide unique habitats to plant and animal communities found nowhere else in the world. Amelia Island is also part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, where over 470 species of rare and common birds can be found, including roseate spoonbills, painted buntings, bald eagles, great blue herons, snowy egrets, and the endangered American wood stork.
This intimate barrier island is located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway, providing picturesque views of pastoral marshes, moss-draped live oak trees, and the sun-drenches beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. On the water, visitors are sure to spot dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, and if you’re lucky, a right whale during migration season. Bobcats, deer, raccoons, alligators, and armadillos are found in Fort Clinch State Park and Egans Creek Greenway. Local hotels, bed and breakfast inns, and world class resorts offer the best accommodations in the area. And no matter what the season, Amelia Island features year-round mild temperatures perfect for swimming, biking, hiking, golfing, fishing, and boating. With lots of activities available in and around the island, Amelia offers the warmth and hospitality that the South is known for!
Places to Eat & Drink on Amelia Island
HOLA! Cuban Cafe
Owners Chris Garcia and Marisol Triana are both born and raised in Miami, Florida to exiled Cuban parents. Brought up in rich Cuban traditions, it is no surprise that Hola Cuban Café is known for its authentic Cuban cuisine and coffee. Hola pays homage to their families and the great island of Cuba all the while introducing others to traditional Cuban Cuisine.
The Surf Restaurant & Bar has served Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach residents and guests since 1957. A favorite local spot bringing great service, great food and a home like feeling from all of our staff. We are proud to offer a wide variety of menu favorites as well as great service. Home of the original Wing-It, The Drunken Pirates Burger, Lobster Sunday & When It Rains, We Pour!!
Hammerhead Beach Bar
The Hammerhead Beach Bar one of the first businesses located at this area of the beach and has developed a loyal following of patrons over the generations.
We are thrilled to be part of this Fernandina Favorite and want this to be a place where folks from all walks of life can come to relax and have a great time with comfort, security and professional and friendly service.
The Parkway Grille invites you to join us for breakfast and lunch… but only if you want good food. Although we feature burgers and delis, our menu has been carefully selected to ensure that you have a good variety of comforting foods and our restaurant guarantees a relaxed and friendly island atmosphere. If you are visiting or have decided to call Fernandina Beach home, you will find that the Parkway Grille is just the right place for a satisfying meal. Besides, there is always a friend waiting for you here.
Local Amelia Island Businesses
Driftwood Surf Shop
Driftwood Surf Shop is a local, family owned shop that has been serving the Fernandina Beach (Amelia Island) community since 1979.
Being a surfer-owned store, we understand the needs of surfers, from beginners to experts. We carry all the latest products from the most reputable brands in the surf industry.
Driftwood Surf Shop, sharing the stoke one customer at a time, for over three decades on Northeast Florida’s beautiful Amelia Island. See you in the water!
Lifestyle apparel, footwear and travel store carrying all the best brands including Patagonia, The North Face, Merrell, Dansko, Southern Tide, Chaco, Prana, Fitflop, Orthaheel, Moving Comfort, Clarks, Yeti, Eagle Creek, and many more. Two locations on the island makes shopping for your next adventure easy. Around the world or around the block, we have you covered! Second location at The Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation.
Beach Rentals & More
Beach Rentals and More and The Beach Store offers most everything you would want or need for fun, adventure or just relaxing on the beach. We are located right across the street from the beach and Seaside Park also right down the street from some of the best hotels on Amelia Island.
Island Vibe Surf Shop
The Island Vibe Surf Shop is excited to announce the opening of our doors. A brand new shop, offering up all the best beach apparel, surf and skate gear on Amelia Island.
Places to Stay on Amelia Island
Come relax in the gentle ocean breeze at the only oceanfront motel on Amelia Island, FL. Our rooms provide a clear view of the ocean, as well as, direct access to the Atlantic Ocean. No streets to cross or cars to dodge, just you, your family, and the beauty of Amelia’s unspoiled beach.