Visiting Amelia Island for the first time?

Browse these quick travel tips and FAQs to get the most out of your visit!

1. Check out
This website is not only an award-winning website, but is home to very helpful information on Amelia Island, including a Calendar of Events, Things to Do on Amelia Island, information on local tours, and even a profile page for Yours Truly!


2. Flying in to JAX?
The Jacksonville International Airport is 26 miles from the Residence Inn, which is centrally located on the island. From the airport, take I-95 North to Exit 373. Head East on SR200/A1A. Once you’ve crossed the bridge, you’ll be on the Island!

3. Q: “Where’s Fernandina Beach?”
A: Fernandina Beach is the city on Amelia Island. Technically it encompasses the northern half of the island, as the southern portion of the island is largely unincorporated. As for the beach itself, there are over 30 public beach accesses, with the 3 largest ones being: Main Beach (at the corner of Atlantic and Fletcher), Seaside Park (2.5 blocks from our hotel) at the end of Sadler Rd, and Peter’s Point, a large and quiet area 2 miles south of Sadler. Also, don’t miss Amelia Island State Park, located at the very southern end of the island!

4. Use our Free Island Shuttle!
Our shuttle is quite possibly my favorite amenity. Available from 9am to 9pm daily, we can take you anywhere and pick you up as long as we don’t have to cross a bridge. This is great for conference guests too! There are so many great Amelia Island conferences, and we can get you there with our shuttle. Even so, there is a lot of great parking available downtown and as the island is only 13 miles long and 4 miles wide, you’re always close to a great time.

5. Q: “What’s the difference between Old Town and the Historic District?”
A: The Original Town of Fernandina, aka “Old Town”, has the distinction of being the last Spanish city platted in the Western Hemisphere. When David L. Yulee (one of Florida’s first senators) completed the first cross-state railroad from Fernandina to Cedar Key in 1861, he moved the town of Fernandina from Old Town to its current location of Centre Street. Today, the area is largely residential, but there are a couple of historic sites to visit, including the Plaza San Carlos, as well as Pippi’s house in the 1980s remake of Pippi Longstocking. Old Town lies north of the modern day Historic District.

The Historic District of Fernandina Beach encompasses about 300 buildings and is the heartbeat of the island. Shops and restaurants abound in the District, and local tours bring the area to life for visitors. With Farmers Markets on Saturdays and various restaurants to try, the Historic District is a must-see for anyone visiting the area.

6. Bring your 4-wheel drive!
Don’t want to carry your chairs and umbrellas to the beach? Grab a beach driving permit and drive onto it instead! Just… don’t do like I did and drive a 2WD 2007 Volvo V70 on it – unless you’re looking for a new way to meet the strong and friendly locals!

7. Bring your dog!
The Residence Inn is a pet-friendly hotel in Fernandina Beach (call for our pet policy) and the island is pet-friendly, too! Your pet is welcome on Amelia River Cruises, Amelia Island Carriage Tours, and even on the beach (as long as they’re leashed!) Many of our restaurants also allow pets in their outdoor seating area. Staying with us? Your pet will receive a welcome gift upon arrival, and guests with pets are kept on the first floor (with overflow into the second floor) so that they can have easy access to exits. Pets will also love our on-site entrance to Egans Creek Greenway – a beautiful nature path that also part of the Great Florida Birding Trail!

8. Bring your appetite!
One of the main things I love about Amelia Island is the variety of fare offered. We have authentic French cuisine at Le Clos, authentic Italian at Ciao Bistro and Cucina South, flavorful Spanish tapas at La Mancha and Espana, beach grill fare at Sliders, The Surf, and The Salty Pelican, eclectic with vegan options at Café Karibo, and many more! Foodies should definitely check out Restaurant Weeks in January, and the Amelia Island Tasting Tours! Pair those options with our expansive hot breakfast offerings and your suite’s full kitchen and your tummy will be satisfied from sunup to sundown!

PicMonkey Collage - Suite Mix with Kitchen as main

9. Book directly!
Did you know that will always have the lowest rates for our rooms, guaranteed? Cut out the middle man and book directly with us for the best experience around.

10. Plan to come again!
…and again and again and again! Restaurant Week in January, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March, Shrimp Festival and the Wild Amelia Nature Festival in May, Florida/Georgia Game in October/November… always a great time to visit Amelia Island!

MaryMoney edited - Fire Pit group cropped and matched to putt putt I'll never forget that night

The Residence Inn Amelia Island is located just 20 minutes off of I-95 and 30 minutes north of the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). The Marriott award-winning Fernandina Beach hotel features spacious studio, one-, and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas. Relax and reconnect by the cozy firepit on Tides Terrace. Explore the onsite entrance to Egans Creek Greenway, part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Rent bikes at the front desk and head to nearby Fort Clinch State Park, or walk to the beach just 2.5 blocks away! Full hot complimentary breakfasts feature a new iced coffee bar and are the perfect way to start your day off right. Our free island shuttle can take you anywhere on the island and pick you up from 9am – 9pm. Designated pet-friendly suites offer furry family members a chance to vacation with their loved ones as well (call for pet policy information). The Residence Inn is Amelia Island’s Treasure – Discover Us!