Destination guide

Florida's inspiring island getaway

With its lush forests, subtropical climate and miles of blissful coastline, it's little wonder that Amelia is one of North America's best loved island getaways. Visitors have been flocking here since the late 19th century, as evinced by its opulent Victorian-style summer houses. If you're looking for something a little less ostentatious, Amelia Island vacation rentals also include cozy cottages and modern condos, many of which boast inspiring ocean views. Once you've settled into your home-away-from-home, you can look forward to leisurely days perusing quirky boutiques, dining on freshly-caught seafood, or simply soaking up sunshine on a tranquil, sandy beach.

Activities

Adventures on land and at sea

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.

Weather

Year-round sunshine on Amelia Island

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.

Transport

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.

Where to stay around Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 821 vacation rentals near Amelia Island. From 181 Houses to 509 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Amelia Island for a holiday or a weekend are on VRBO.

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:

  • Beaches: 235 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 20 vacation rentals
  • Atlantic Shores: 44 vacation rentals
  • Riverside: 19 vacation rentals
  • Avondale: 15 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 State Park: 821 vacation rentals
  • Peters Point Beach Front Park: 882 vacation rentals
  • American Beach: 961 vacation rentals
  • Amelia Island Museum of History: 861 vacation rentals
  • Fort Clinch State Park: 861 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 181 Houses in Amelia Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Amelia Island include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 509 rentals available
  • Cottages: 17 rentals available
  • Villas: 41 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 prefered vacation rental with pool among our 508 vacation rentals with pool available in Amelia Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.