Amelia Island is located on the furthest North-East corner of Florida. It is surrounded by three different bodies of water. To the North is the St. Mary River where many come daily to the dock at the end of Center Street to view the colorful sunsets. On the other bank of the river is Georgia. The south side is the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful white sandy beaches you can even park your car on. On the westside, is the Intracoastal Waterway where you can watch all sorts of boats pass by: from Sailboat to Yachts. Fernandina Beach is name of the city located on Amelia Island but also extends off the island. It is bordered by Yulee to the west and Jacksonville to the south.
Amelia Island has a long history dating back to King George II. The Island got its name from the King’s daughter, Princess Amelia. Amelia Island has been ruled by 8 different countries and it became known as the “Isle of Eight Flags.” The island was also a popular hangout for Pirates, Rumrunners, and Nobles. Fort Clinch an old Union fort is now a park on the Island and is a wonderful way to spend a day viewing the Fort, nature, and waterway that surrounds the Fort.
Historic Fernandina Beach has 50 blocks of historic homes, buildings, shopping, and amazing dining. It is also named on the National Registry of Historic Places. The main industry on the island is Tourism, Shrimping and Fishing.
Fernandina has many well-known events such as the Shrimp Festival. The Concourse de Elegance is a car lover’s dream come true. You will see all types of automobiles during this yearly event. Amelia Island also host the Amelia Island Open which is world renowned Petanque Tournament. Petanque became popular under the French ruling the area and is the perfect setting for this world-renowned tournament. There are two great community theatres: Amelia Community Theatre and Amelia Musical Playhouse. Many visitors stay at the Ritz or Omni Resorts, or at a local Bed N Breakfast located on the Island.
Who lives in Fernandina? You have locals that have been there several generations, a large retired population, snowbirds or winter residence. There is a growing younger and middle-aged group that is finding the area a desirable to raise a family. Although many vacation on the island it does not feel touristy. The locals and residences are helpful warm and friendly to everyone. There are single family homes, condos, beach houses and town homes located on the Island. There is also a health resale market. We can also show you new construction from several local and national builders and to choose from both on and off the island. Many people have an easy commute to Kings Bay Naval Base, Mayport Naval Station, Jacksonville International Airport or Jacksonville.