Amelia Island

It is often said that Amelia Island is one of Florida’s “best-kept secrets.”

Welcome to Amelia Island

It is often said that Amelia Island is one of Florida “best-kept secrets.” After a visit to this 13-mile long, two-mile-wide stretch of the barrier island, one of many in the Sea Island chain along Florida northeast coastline, you may understand why. Not your typical beach town, Amelia Island cooler, more seasonal weather, deep harbor waters, and enviable history make it one of the more distinctive and fascinating places in Florida to experience. As the massive influx of people arrive in the Sunshine State with the promise of its paradise-like lifestyle (and no state income taxes!), places like the trendy Miami Beach or the dreamy Florida Keys come to mind. Yet, this coastal city at the northernmost tip of the state is a contender to the neighboring cities for setting down roots. The local economy comprises strong professional services, manufacturing, government, retail, and hospitality industries, as well as thriving year-round tourism.
Surrounded by the Atlantic to the east, Intracoastal waters to the west, Cumberland Sound at the northernmost tip of the island, and the powerful currents of Nassau Sound embracing its southern border, this seaport island boasts breathtaking coastal beach scenery. There are a multitude of watersport activities such as boating, fishing, surfing, swimming, and kayaking. In addition to biking and walking on the sandy shores, horseback riding is also allowed on most beaches. Easily accessible, Appalachian quartz beaches and sand dunes cover the perimeter, and 10% of the island consists of nature preserves. Modern, resort-like hotels flank the coastal edges such as the Omni Amelia Island Resort and The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island with their ultra-lux amenities including spas, high-end dining options, and shopping. Theater, art, and music are plentiful, as well as the many amateur and championship-level golf courses and golf clubs.

Historic Port City

As you take a stroll or enjoy a leisurely bike ride through Amelia Island laid-back streets, you’ll feel a deep sense of its past. Historic downtown Centre Street has over 400 structures dating back to the 1800s, including the Palace Saloon, the oldest of its kind in Florida. Among the mix of high-end, Mediterranean contemporary structures and old-world remnants, culture can also be found in any one of over 100 restaurants and eateries, many of them serving the day catch of seafood. Shrimp is synonymous with Amelia Island, and it boasts the biggest seafood festival in the world, “Eight Flags Shrimp Festival,” with hundreds of thousands of people descending on the island each Spring. The rest of the island lush beauty is dotted with unique, historic establishments and cultural edifices that reflect a port harbor touched by French, Spanish, British, and US Civil War influences. Nicknamed the “Isle of Eight Flags,” the bustling seaport stopover had several attempted conquests by these same countries, including infamous pirates like Blackbeard and Luis Aury, who were frequent visitors on their quest to plunder the seas of the southern shores of a fledgling America. The city is named after the daughter of Britain King George II, Princess Amelia. Amelia Island Lighthouse, the oldest in Florida, shines its light 16 miles out to sea, safely guiding distant travelers to the alluring seaport island.

Amelia Island Real Estate

While Amelia Island is a popular tourist destination, there are several desirable communities on the island, ranging from luxurious oceanfront single-family homes, condos and townhouses, to intracoastal properties set against marshes and maritime forests. Many of these areas have master-planned communities with a variety of amenities available to choose from. Amelia Park in Fernandina Beach, for example, has something for everyone as there are walking paths, trails to the beach, and a town square for festivals, concerts and public events. Old Town Fernandina is one of many neighborhoods on the island north end, and has a distinctive Spanish appeal, with historic homes dating back to the 19th century. Newer communities, like Seaside, have magnificent homes built on lots that afford plenty of space between neighbors. The Amelia Island Plantation neighborhood, located on the island south end, is a master-planned community and luxury resort. Its close proximity to marsh land and forests give visitors and residents the opportunity to view the abundant wildlife that also make the island their home.

Overview for Amelia Island, FL

38,747 people live in Amelia Island, where the median age is 53.8 and the average individual income is $52,658. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Amelia Island, FL

There's plenty to do around Amelia Island, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Gourmet Market and Meats of Fernandina, Story & Song Neighborhood Bookstore Bistro, and Community Yoga + Wellness and Iyengar Yoga North Florida.

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Dining 1.71 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.43 miles 20 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.59 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.76 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.43 miles 23 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.68 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Amelia Island, FL

Amelia Island has 16,526 households, with an average household size of 2.33. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Amelia Island do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 38,747 people call Amelia Island home. The population density is 596.32 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Amelia Island, FL

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The following schools are within or nearby Amelia Island. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Fernandina Beach Middle School
6th - 8th
Southside Elementary School
PreK - 2nd
No rating available
K - 12th
Nassau Virtual Instruction Program (District Provided)
K - 6th
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Amelia Island Montessori School
PreK - 8th
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Emma Love Hardee Elementary
3rd - 5th
Fernandina Beach High School
1st - 12th
Nassau Virtual Instruction Program
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