One of America's few remaining unspoiled island paradises, Amelia Island is the southernmost in a chain of Atlantic coast barrier islands that stretch from North Carolina to Florida. Its rich history, 13 miles of uncrowded beaches, lush, natural setting, moss-covered oaks, unparalleled golf, boating and fishing, stunning sunrises and sunsets, and friendly environment greet the 24,000 residents daily. It is also home to the oldest lighthouse in Florida, the Amelia Island Lighthouse. This area’s treasure trove of recreational activities extend to horseback riding on the beach, sailing, fishing and kayaking, but for the golf enthusiast, Amelia Island is paradise. Six championship golf courses are spread out amidst Amelia Island’s lush green landscape.
Rated among America’s ten most beautiful islands, Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach’s meandering salt marshes, long stretches of sandy beach and moss-covered trees have attracted an exotic mix of marine and wildlife. There are more than 250 types of birds nesting on the island, such as snowy egrets, spoonbills, herons and pelicans, and these fantastic winged creatures live richly alongside armadillos, bobcats, sea turtles, dolphins, manatees and more.
Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach attract visitors year-round. The town of Fernandina Beach by the early 19th century had become a thriving seaport town including one of the finest protected marinas in Florida. A quiet stroll along the streets of the historic downtown shopping district provides an opportunity to absorb the island’s rich cultural past and appreciate its unique local flavor. Fernandina Beach’s popularity throughout the centuries is the main reason why it is the only city in the United States to have served under the flags of eight different countries. The island hosts a number of annual celebrations, including the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, the Amelia Island Concourse D’Elegance and the Bausch and Lomb Tennis Championships. Fernandina Beach hosts the annual "Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival" the first weekend of each May. The event attracts hundreds of artists, artisans, and craftsmen from across the country as well as more than a 150,000 visitors each year.
Often referred to as a gateway to Amelia Island and the nearest neighbor to the Florida/Georgia border, the growing town of Yulee boasts attractions of its own. Located just across the Intercoastal Waterway from Amelia Island, Yulee features affordable homes, signature coastal communities, and private wooded and waterfront home sites with excellent schools in a lovely natural setting. This flourishing community offers recreational opportunities for hunting, both fresh and saltwater fishing, and activities for youth are common at the Yulee Sports Complex. While attractive for commuters to King’s Bay Naval Base and Jacksonville International Airport, Yulee is also an easy commute to all Nassau County municipalities. The River City Marketplace, at Interstate-95, Duval Road and Airport Center Drive, is only a short drive away, and this large scale shopping center nicely complements local shopping outlets. Exciting entertainment is less than a thirty-minute drive to the downtown Jacksonville Landing at the St. Johns River where venues extend from shopping to the performing arts.
Still viewed as an alluring vacation spot for many tourists, the locals have steadily staked their claims to Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach over the past 20 years. Despite the area’s increasing popularity, Amelia Island still remains relatively unknown to those living outside of the Southeastern United States. Rather than boast, Amelia Island residents consider themselves fortunate that Amelia Island is still relatively “undiscovered” and predominantly “uncommercialized.” If peaceful living in a historical, hometown, tropical setting is what you are seeking, look no further than Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach. This paradise of attractive homes, majestic beaches, shady trees, and year-round sun will bring resort-style living to your front doorstep 365 days a year.
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