Amelia Island is a pearl in the necklace of barrier islands that hug the Atlantic Coast from South Carolina to Florida. Now part of Nassau County, Florida, Amelia Island has been claimed by many colonial powers and native people-from Indian tribes to pirates-all of whom have left their mark on the small island. Thankfully, travel to Amelia Island these days is short on piracy and long on golfing. You will find 117 holes of championship-caliber golf along this 13-mile island. Beyond the green, Amelia Island travel features white sand beaches framed by sea oats rustling in the breeze and the soothing sound of waves cresting on the shore. This destination is the paragon of relaxation. Check out the Travel + Leisure Amelia Island travel guide to find the best hotels, restaurants and sights.
Things Not to Miss in Amelia Island
• A round of golf at Long Point Golf Course, one of the best in Florida
• Kayak the salt marsh at Talbot Island State Park
• Grab a drink at the 1878 Palace Saloon, supposedly one of Florida's oldest bars
• Ride a horse on the beach at Amelia Island State Park
• Catch a Civil War reenactment at Fort Clinch
When to Go to Amelia Island
Weather on Amelia Island is warm and sunny most of the year. The heat and humidity can hit hard in the summer (July and August), but the months surrounding that are lovely. Amelia Island travel is ideal during spring (May-June) and fall (September-October), when the weather is pleasant, and the crowds have left.