Amelia Island (Florida) is one of the USA's few unspoiled island paradises. It is located in the southernmost Atlantic coast (East Coast USA) barrier islands, stretching from North Carolina down to Florida. Fernandina Beach FL (population around 12,000) is Florida's northernmost city and part of Greater Jacksonville (metro).
Island's rich history, 13 miles of lush, natural setting, uncrowded beaches, moss-covered oaks, unparalleled vacation experience (boating, fishing, golfing), stunning sunrises and sunsets, and the friendly "locals" make Amelia Island more than just a leisure travel destination. Fernandina Beach is the birthplace of the contemporary shrimping industry and most days shrimp boats depart from its docks. The 50-block historic district features classic Victorian-style architecture. Florida's oldest saloon is on Centre Street. Another must-see landmark is Fort Clinch (built before the Civil War).
The island was first settled in 1735 by the British soldier James Edward Oglethorpe (1696-1785) and became part of East Florida (then Spanish territory) in 1783. In 1821 it was ceded to the USA with the rest of the state. The island has a total of 7 premium golf courses. The resort Omni at Amelia has 3 - Long Point, Oakmarsh and Ocean Links. Island's Golf Club is at the Summer Beach Resort. Amelia River Golf Club is nearby, as well as Fernandina Beach Golf Club.
As cruise port destination, Amelia Island FL is included in the schedule of USA's largest river cruise company - ACL-American Cruise Lines. The next tables show the company's 7-day itineraries as riverport sequences and prices per person (double occupancy).
(ship American Star) 7-day "Great Rivers of Florida" itinerary from homeport Jacksonville, from ~USD 2900 pp
|Date / Time||Port|
|07 Dec||Departing from Jacksonville, Florida|
|08 Dec||Palatka, Florida|
|09 Dec||Lake George, Florida|
|10 Dec||Green Cove Springs, Florida|
|11 Dec||Tolomato River, Florida|
|12 Dec||St Augustine, Florida|
|13 Dec||Amelia Island, Florida|
|14 Dec||Arriving in Jacksonville, Florida|
(ship Independence) 7-day itinerary between homeports Charleston and Jacksonville, from ~USD 3300 pp
|Date / Time||Port|
|06 Apr||Departing from Charleston, South Carolina|
|07 Apr||Beaufort, South Carolina|
|08 Apr||Hilton Head Island, South Carolina|
|09 Apr||Savannah, Georgia|
|10 Apr||St Marys, Georgia, Cumberland Island|
|11 Apr||Jekyll Island, Georgia|
|11 Apr||St Simons Island, Georgia|
|12 Apr||Amelia Island, Florida|
|13 Apr||Arriving in Jacksonville, Florida|
Amelia Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Amelia Island dock (anchor) at Fernandina Beach - port town on the northwestern coast.
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