Hotel at a Glance: Days Inn and Suites Amelia Island
Days Inn and Suites Amelia Island calls itself a “resort hotel without resort prices,” and the motto is fitting. This laid-back property has multiple dining options and outdoor activities. Dig into dinner specials such as portuguese seafood bisque at La Mancha Restaurant, take a dip in a 10-person indoor whirlpool, and get pampered at the full onsite salon. The Days Inn 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 continental breakfast includes hot items such as eggs and sausage, as well as coffee, pastries, and cereal.
- Make a splash in one of the largest outdoor pools on Amelia Island, or get a tan on the palm-tree-lined sun deck.
- Rent a beach cruiser from the hotel to bike around the island.
- Late-night karaoke: Sing until 2 a.m. every night of the week at the onsite Seabreeze Sports Bar and Lounge, where you can also watch the game and dance.
- Stay and play a game of tennis on the two lighted outdoor courts, or tee off at the onsite putting green.
Amelia Island, Florida: Popular Seaside Island with 13 Miles of Pristine Beach
Amelia Island—a barrier island located about 35 miles northeast of Jacksonville—has been consistently ranked among the Top 10 Islands in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler. At just 2 miles wide and 13 miles long from its northernmost tip to its southernmost point, the secluded island offers a string of pristine beaches. Main Beach has sports and entertainment, and Peters Point is well suited for family picnics. Then there’s Seaside Park at Sliders, 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 go for a swim on the unspoiled beaches.