Destination guide

Explore sandy beaches from an Amelia Island house rental

If you are looking for houses for rent in Jacksonville, you will want to check out Amelia Island. As part of the Sea Islands, a bit north of Jacksonville Beach, Amelia Island is an ideal vacation spot that includes golf courses, sandy beaches, and breathtaking views as you stroll along the boardwalk. The area is abundant in native wildlife, and the pristine water is enjoyable for a swim or to watch the morning sunrise glisten off the surface. Visitors love Amelia Island’s beaches for the many shells you can stroll about and collect, and you can walk through the beautiful inland tropical forests.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Amelia Island vacation rentals

You'll find an eclectic array of attractions within easy reach of your Amelia Island vacation rental. The Amelia Island Museum of History is an immersive celebration of the diverse cultures which have shaped all aspects of island life. Explore an ancient Native American village, experience life as an inmate in the old Nassau County jailhouse, and peruse exquisite artifacts from Amelia's Spanish Mission period. Culture vultures must also set time aside for the American Beach Museum, a one-of-a-kind attraction exploring the history of American Beach, a vibrant African American resort community established in 1935 in defiance of segregation laws.


Activities near Amelia Island vacation homes

Amelia Island's crystal-clear waters offer an idyllic setting for all manner of aquatic adventures. Grab yourself a kayak and explore hidden creeks and verdant marshes, or jump on a jet ski and skim across the glistening ocean as fast as you can. Anglers can head out reef or wreck fishing, in the hope of catching sea bass and trigger fish, while golfers can look forward to acquainting themselves with the region's lush waterfront championship courses. Islanders enjoy a jam-packed year-round events program, with highlights including festivals devoted to jazz, literature and chamber music.

Day trips

Day trips from Amelia Island vacation homes

Amelia Island offers opportunities for fun-filled day trips to Jacksonville. Vacation rentals are just a short distance from attractions like the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, a vast zoo with African wildlife, gardens, a train, and a kid’s play area, and Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, a museum with thousands of works of art from ancient to modern. You’ll also like the Kingsley Plantation, a riverfront plantation with tours of historic buildings.


Local weather near Amelia Island vacation homes

Amelia Island's enviable climate ensures that it's a popular destination throughout the year. Winters are dry, sunny and generally warm, making it a great choice for those looking to escape chillier climes. Amelia Island vacation rentals are in particularly high demand over the Christmas holidays, and again during the peak summer vacation season. However, at this time of year humidity can be high, and rainfall is more likely. Spring and fall are great times to visit, with slightly milder temperatures and fewer out-of-towners.

Natural features

Animal encounters on Amelia Island

If you're visiting in winter, be sure to join a boat trip in search of rare North Atlantic right whales, which migrate here to give birth and nurse their young. If your trip doesn't coincide with this particular natural spectacle, this blissful barrier island has plenty more up its sleeves. Each spring, stately sea turtles can be spotted laying their eggs on Amelia's quartz sand beaches. The sprawling state parks are home to all manner of enthralling creatures, from alligators to armadillos.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Amelia Island

The nearest airport is in Jacksonville, FL (JAX-Jacksonville Intl.), located 17 mi (27.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Jacksonville, FL (CRG-Jacksonville Executive at Craig), which is 20.9 mi (33.6 km) away.

Family friendly

Family attractions near Amelia Island vacation homes

Amelia Island has a range of unique attractions that are perfect for kids. Vacation rentals are available near family-focused locations like the Maritime Museum of Amelia Island, a museum with maritime and pirate artifacts and treasures, and Seaside Park, a waterside park with a sandy beach, picnic areas, and a boardwalk. Kids will also like the Fernandina Beach Main Park, a beachfront park with picnic areas, sand volleyball courts, and play structures.

How many vacation rentals are available around Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 937 vacation rentals around Amelia Island. From 157 house rentals to 600 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Amelia Island?

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 Amelia Island:

  • The Beaches: 302 vacation rentals
  • Southside: 176 vacation rentals
  • Urban Core: 30 vacation rentals
  • Avondale: 22 vacation rentals
  • Southbank: 20 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Amelia Island?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Amelia Island. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Amelia Island Plantation Resorts: 568 vacation rentals
  • Mayo Clinic Florida: 895 vacation rentals
  • Little Talbot Island State Park: 1,621 vacation rentals
  • Big Talbot Island State Park: 1,527 vacation rentals
  • Cumberland Island National Seashore Visitor Center: 963 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Amelia Island listed on Vrbo 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 Amelia Island?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 157 Houses in Amelia Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Amelia Island include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 600 rentals available
  • Villas: 72 rentals available
  • Cottages: 14 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Amelia Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 737 vacation rentals with pool available in Amelia Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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