entertained here. It has a massive mahogany bar and huge murals on the walls with the ambiance of a different time.
Wonderful Nature-Based Activities
Outdoor recreation starts with lazy days on the beach. For the more adventurous there is guided kayaking through the salt marshes and on the Fort George River. You can rent equipment if you want to take off on your own. You will see dolphins, osprey and the endangered right whale in season. During the season, you can help the endangered baby turtles reach the sea or go looking for wild horses on a waterway cruise. If you would rather see the sights on foot, there are miles of hiking trails on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. Horseback riding along the beach is a favorite activity at Amelia Island State Park.
Main Beach Park is one of the favorites for kids. It has a playground and volleyball court on the beach, picnic tables and a skate park. It is considered one of the best beaches for swimming. There are cafes and bars right on the beach as well as lifeguards on a seasonal basis. Facilities include showers and toilets.
Festivals and History
Amelia Island has a wild past with casinos and brothels woven into its history, and the last vestige of those days can be seen at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. It is held on the first weekend of May at historic downtown Fernandina Beach on the northern shore of Amelia Island. Along with plenty of deliciously prepared shrimp, you will enjoy live music concerts, an antique festival, arts and crafts shows, a kid’s fun zone, a huge parade and much more. Other events include the Rendezvous Film Festival in September and the Amelia Island Jazz Festival and Dance in October.
History aficionados are not left out, as the oldest existing lighthouse in Florida is close to your Amelia Island timeshare in nearby Fernandina Beach. Fort Clinch was built after the War of 1812 to discourage the British and was used during the Civil War and Spanish-American War. There are regularly scheduled Civil War reenactments of garrison life throughout the year. It was never a battleground, which is why it is so well preserved.
May/June and September/October have fewer visitors and the best weather. But summer is a great time to visit and if you have an Amelia Island timeshare, you don’t have to worry about accommodation. You will have a private air-conditioned unit with all the facilities of a vacation home and more. It is your home away from home. Amelia Island may not be the most famous beach vacation destination in Florida, but it is definitely one of the best.