About Amelia Island
Amelia Island is a unique 13.5-mile barrier island ideal for visiting or living. The island is the only place in the United States that has "at one time or another" been under the rule of eight different countries each flying their own flag on the island since 1562. The eight countries are: France; Spain; Britain; Patriots; Green Cross of Florida; Mexico; Confederate; and USA.
Named by Oglethorpe in honor of Princess Amelia, the daughter of English King George II. Located in Nassau County in the northernmost corner of Florida, 32 miles northeast of Jacksonville and across the St. Marys River from Georgia. The City of Fernandina Beach encompasses seven square miles in the north-central portion of the island.
Only 20-25 feet above main sea level, the 18 square mile area is bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by the Amelia River and the Intra-coastal Waterway. Width varies from a quarter mile to two miles.
Amelia Island Activity Guide
Shopping in Amelia Island is truly a unique experience. You will delight in the various boutiques and specialty stores that line Center Street in the historic downtown area. Browse the many art shops, galleries and specialty stores that make for a one of a kind shopping experience. Looking for antiques, tropical wear or designer jewelry? Amelia Island has something to offer everyone.
Tennis anyone? Want to improve your golf game? An abundance of recreation facilities ranging from tennis courts to 36 hole golf courses can be found on the island. Golfing enthusiasts will delight in the public and semi private golfing facilities on the island.
Amelia Island is a boater's paradise. With endless opportunities to enjoy a day on the water, there are plenty of places to fish and watch wildlife, and other great sites to see. Below are just a few of the Public Boat Ramps nearby:
Talbot Island State Parks Just over the Nassau Sound Bridge on the right: good surface, access to Nassau Sound and the Intra-coastal Waterway, public restrooms.
Intra-coastal Waterway At the foot of Ash St., downtown Fernandina Beach: shallow water, shoaling, heavily used by commercial fishermen.
North Amelia Island Park/Ramp On Intra-coastal at N. 14th St., Fernandina Beach, adjacent to Fort Clinch State Park property: park, with three-lane ramp, other amenities, good access to St. Mary's River entrance.
A calendar of events on Amelia Island can be found at www.aifby.com.
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