Laid-back hotel with free hot breakfast buffet and beach chairs and umbrellas and a large outdoor pool; within walking distance of the beach
Hotel at a Glance: Ocean Coast Hotel at the Beach
The Ocean Coast Hotel at the Beach calls itself a “resort hotel without resort prices.” Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool, head to the beach with complimentary chairs and umbrellas, and play a round of billiards in the game room. The hotel also gives guests easy access to offsite entertainment—it’s within a quick walk of the clean sands and warm waters of Fernandina Beach, near golf courses and charter-fishing outfits.
- Spacious guest rooms feature refrigerators and microwaves.
- Free breakfast: a hot breakfast buffet is served daily.
- Complimentary appetizers at the nearby Slider’s Restaurant
- Have a cocktail: Two cocktails daily at the poolside bar are on the house.
- Make a splash in one of the largest heated outdoor pools on Amelia Island or get a tan on the palm-tree-lined sun deck.
- Play a game of tennis on the onsite outdoor courts.
- Hop on a bike: bike rental is included in the guest amenities fee.
- Tee off: at the local golf course during two for one golf which is included in the guest amenities fees.
Amelia Island, Florida: Popular Seaside Island with 13 Miles of Pristine Beach
Amelia Island—a barrier island about 35 miles northeast of Jacksonville—has consistently been ranked among the best islands in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler. At just 2 miles wide and 13 miles long, the secluded island offers a string of pristine beaches. Main Beach has sand volleyball courts, and Peters Point is well suited for family picnics. Then there’s Seaside Park, where you can park your car on the beach.
Situated on the northeast corner of the island, Fernandina Beach is a Victorian seaport village filled with eclectic shops and restaurants. Stroll through the 50-block historic district to glimpse Victorian, Queen Anne, and Italianate homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nearby, in Fort Clinch State Park, you can tour a preserved 19th-century fort, hike or bike on the 6-mile trail that loops through the park, or swim on the unspoiled beaches.