Amelia Island, Florida
Amelia Island is nestled just over the border from Georgia in Northeast Florida. The island has everything: history, great restaurants, shops, and, of course, its fabulous beaches.
Amelia Island has a 1000 year history having been originally settled by Native Americans. The island has seen eight flags flown over it since the Europeans arrived in the late 1500s: French, Spanish, British, Floridian/Patriot, Green Cross, Mexican, Confederate, and American. There are a number of history museums to visit in its historic town of Fernandina Beach.
Fernandina Beach also has a concentration of excellent restaurants and shops. We tried out several of the restaurants on our most recent visit and found the absolute best place for an ice cream treat too!
The island has a 13 mile coast line along the Atlantic Ocean and is an especially good place to look for shark teeth. Its beaches are wide and are perfect for children looking to play in the ocean or adults seeking privacy.
During our most recent trip, we stayed at The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island which sits on a 1 1/2 mile long dune-lined beach. In addition to the beach, the hotel has a wonderful pool area (plus an indoor pool for those rainy days), an 18 hole PGA golf course, a spa, and a large fitness center. The Ritz’s top restaurant is Salt which features “simple ingredients from the earth and sea that are artfully prepared and properly seasoned.” The hotel also has four bars including its Lobby Bar where you can enjoy your craft cocktail along with freshly rolled sushi!
The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island is a Virtuoso property and the current amenities are:
Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Full breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom
$100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
Early check-in/late check-out , subject to availability
In addition, the hotel is currently offering additional resort credit for those who book in 2020.