A Day in Amelia Island, FL

3 min read by  •  Time Visited: May 2017

To break up the drive from Orlando to Savannah for Memorial Day Weekend, we stopped in Amelia Island to explore the town for a day. Amelia Island was one of the first destinations I ever went on vacation with my family, so my memories involve more boogie boarding than gourmet food and cocktails.

Seaside Amelia Inn

We chose to stay at this beachfront hotel because of its prime location, casual/comfortable feel and price. Our oceanview room had a bed in the living room and a private bedroom, which perfectly suited our group of 3. We woke up to a bright sunrise and free breakfast downstairs, followed by umbrellas and chairs down on the beach. 

Amelia Island

As an alternative, next door is Elizabeth Pointe Lodge – a picturesque oceanfront lodge with Southern hospitality such as a wraparound porch with rocking chairs and sweet tea. My parents stayed here and really enjoyed it!

Timoti Seafood Shack in Amelia Island

Once we were checked in to the hotel, we drove over to the heart of Fernandina Beach for lunch. We ended up at this simple seafood shack with a covered outdoor patio. I got the poke bowl and Natalie’s fresh lemonade. It’s the perfect spot for a casual, quick meal. On the same block was Sabbia Mediterranean Street Food, Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop and Cafe Karibo, which had a nice garden patio and longer wait!

The weather was sunny and warm, so we went straight to the beach after lunch!

Espana in Amelia Island

For dinner, we went to this Spanish restaurant that came highly recommend to us for their sangria pitchers, paella and tapas. We sat outside in a quaint back garden and loved the portobello mushrooms, escargot and shrimp the most. My friend also ordered the vegetarian paella, which she claimed was the best she’s ever had!

Green Turtle Tavern

After dinner, we walked around the downtown area, popping into shops and admiring the gorgeous sunset. The live band led us to this laid-back bar with a large outdoor patio, ping pong tables and people eating pizza from Pi Infinite Combinations from across the street, which has quaint courtyard seating and plenty of menu options (note: they are working on a gluten-free crust).

Amelia Island

Fernandina’s Fantastic Fudge

Should you fancy an ice cream instead of (or in addition to, I won’t judge) a drink, this sweet shop has been satisfying the sweet tooth of locals since 1988 and offers many creative flavors sure to accommodate anyone’s taste. My friend loved her ice cream cone and the whole shop smelled incredible!

I think Amelia Island is the perfect destination for couples, young families and casual bachelorette/bachelor parties looking for a relaxed weekend getaway. Everything is close by and accessible, allowing for less/last-minute planning.

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  • Hotels

    • Seaside Amelia Inn seasideameliainn.com

      A beachfront hotel in Amelia Island cozy, comfortable rooms and a convenient location.

  • Cafes and Coffee Shops

    • Timoti’s Seafood Shak timotis.com

      Fish tacos, lobster rolls & other fin fare is served at this simple shack with an outdoor patio.

    • Fantastic Fudge fantasticfudge.com

      Located in the heart of historic downtown Fernandina Beach, this sweet shop serves fudge, hand-dipped chocolates, gourmet confections and ice cream.

  • Restaurants

    • Espana espanadowntown.com

      Paella specialist turning out traditional Spanish fare in a modest, comfy space with outdoor seats.

    • Pi Infinite Combinations piinfinitecombinations.com

      A New York style pizza joint serving a wide variety of topping options and open-seating.

  • Bars

    • Green Turtle Tavern greenturtletavern.com

      Cocktails & bar snacks served in a laid-back spot with live bands, porch seats & a beachhouse vibe.