Nestled off the northeastern coast of Florida, Amelia Island beckons travelers with its pristine beaches, historic charm, and commitment to sustainable tourism. This enchanting island, located just 30 minutes from Jacksonville International Airport, offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and eco-friendly experiences. One of the highlights of the island’s commitment to sustainability is the annual Wild Amelia Festival, which celebrates the region’s natural wonders and encourages environmental stewardship.
Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island Historic Harbor Front offers a relaxing and sustainable stay when visiting Amelia Island. This boutique-style hotel is located directly on the harbor in the heart of historic downtown Fernandina Beach. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the town, with over 50 restaurants and shops within walking distance. The beach is just minutes away, allowing you to easily explore the island’s natural treasures. Hampton Inn & Suites is also a certified “Green Lodging Property,” ensuring your stay is eco-conscious and environmentally friendly.
Proceeds raised at The Pink Pump Gala benefitted the Special Needs Network, a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to addressing the needs of underserved families struggling with raising a child with autism and developmental disabilities.
Step into history and visit American Beach, Florida’s First Black Beach Resort with Coast One Tours. Established in 1935 as an African American resort community in defiance of segregation, American Beach stands as a testament to the resilience and triumph of its founder, Abraham Lincoln Lewis, Florida’s first African American millionaire. Immerse yourself in the legacy of this iconic destination and gain insights into the lives of African Americans who lived and played here.
While you’re there, checkout the A.L. Lewis Museum which sits Adjacent to American Beach. The museum showcases the history of this remarkable coastal community from 1935 to the present. Delve into the struggles and triumphs over racial discrimination and disfranchisement, and learn more about the efforts to preserve the beach’s rich cultural heritage. Explore exhibits dedicated to the life of A.L. Lewis, his great-granddaughter “The Beach Lady,” and the ongoing preservation of American Beach.
Cruisin Tiki Tour
Embark on the ultimate floating paradise with a Cruisin Tiki Tour of Amelia River and Egans Creek. Sip on delicious cocktails, bask in the sun, and relish the unique vibes of this floating tiki bar. It’s the coolest way to explore the scenic beauty of Amelia Island while enjoying a sustainable and memorable experience.
Main BeachLocated at the heart of Amelia Island’s seashore wonders, Main Beach embodies the essence of a tropical paradise. Spend a rejuvenating day by the beach soaking up the sun, detox with a yoga class on the sand, and immersing yourself in the island’s natural splendor.
Arcimoto FUVZip around Amelia Island in style and with zero emissions on an eco-friendly Arcimoto FUV (Fun Utility Vehicle). This powerful 100% electric vehicle allows you to explore the island’s attractions while minimizing your carbon footprint. Revel in the thrill of driving a sustainable mode of transportation and contribute to the preservation of the island’s natural beauty.
Amelia Island’s historic district is a treasure trove of charm and unique finds. Take a leisurely stroll along the cobblestone streets, marvel at the well-preserved architecture, and visit historic landmarks. Discover local boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops offering a curated selection of one-of-a-kind items. By supporting these local businesses, you contribute to the island’s sustainable economy.
España Restaurant & Tapas
Indulge in traditional flavors from Spain and Portugal at España Restaurant & Tapas. With a focus on just-caught local seafood, an array of hot and cold tapas, and the iconic paella, this restaurant offers an authentic dining experience. Don’t miss the homemade sangria, bread, and desserts, which are crafted from cherished family recipes.
For a taste of Asian street food, head to Wicked BAO in downtown Fernandina Beach. This restaurant celebrates delicious food and the vibrant flavors of Asian cuisine. Nestled in a charming setting, this restaurant offers a unique twist on the traditional bao, crafting innovative combinations that tantalize the taste buds. From their signature pork belly bao with hoisin glaze to their tantalizing crispy tofu bao with pickled vegetables, each bite at Wicked BAO is an explosion of flavors and textures. The menu also features a range of Asian-inspired small plates, such as the savory kimchi fries and the flavorful ramen bowls.
Coquina at The Ritz-Carlton
Set to a backdrop of ocean breezes, Coquina at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island offers diners’ access to an innovative, oceanfront restaurant with a culinary presentation focused on seafood and coastal dishes. This al-fresco restaurant delights the senses with a setting overlooking the resort’s dune-lined beaches. A full-bar overlooking the ocean features signature cocktails and flavorful sangrias.
Amelia Island is a testament to the harmony between preserving natural wonders and providing unforgettable experiences for visitors. The annual Wild Amelia Festival’s “Downtown to Dunes” event is part of a community-wide effort where volunteers gather to clean up Fernandina Beach, from downtown to the dunes. The annual litter collection and volunteer appreciation event demonstrates Amelia Island’s commitment to preserving its natural beauty. From its sustainable accommodations to its commitment to environmental stewardship, this island destination offers a truly unique and eco-friendly adventure. Embrace the charm, explore the heritage, and immerse yourself in the beauty of Amelia Island while leaving a positive impact on the environment.
By Kinya Claiborne, STYLE & SOCIETY
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