Hotel at a Glance: Seaside Amelia Inn
For seven years straight, readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine have voted Amelia Island one of the Top 10 Islands in the United States. Sand dunes with undulating grasses line the coast here, and it’s not unusual to see people riding horseback through the surf. Seaside Amelia Inn is nestled among large, live oaks steps from the water, and it’s just a five-minute drive to Fernandina Beach, a nearby Victorian seaside village.
- Guest room balconies overlook either the pool or the beach
- Best spot to soak up the sun: the hotel’s 24-hour rooftop terrace
- The complimentary weekend breakfast features eggs and sausage; during the week, you can fill up on fresh fruit, bagels, and pastries.
- Cast out a line at nearby fishing spots such as the public pier, the Nassau Sound, or from one of the inshore or offshore rental boats
- You can take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Historic District of Fernandina Beach.
Amelia Island, Florida: Popular Seaside Island with 13 Miles of Pristine Beach
Amelia Island—a barrier island located about 35 miles northeast of Jacksonville—is only 2 miles wide and spans 13 miles from its northernmost point to its southernmost point. The island has some pristine beaches, each with a different atmosphere. 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 and re-enact 1960s movie party montages.
A five-minute drive from the hotel is downtown Fernandina Beach, a Victorian seaport village filled with eclectic shops and restaurants. There are upscale spas and championship golf courses all over the island, and it’s easy to make a day trip to Savannah or St. Augustine.