Lighthouse in Amelia Island, Florida (iStockphoto)

Amelia Island, Florida (iStockphoto)

Shrimp boats docked in Amelia Island, Florida (iStockphoto)

Marsh in Amelia Island, Florida (iStockphoto)

Amelia Island, Florida (iStockphoto)

Amelia Island, Florida (iStockphoto)

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What to do in Amelia Island

Amelia Island is the last in a chain of barrier islands that stretches between South Carolina, Georgia, and northeastern Florida. As you’d expect, the pace of life is very languid, though the place does get hopping for popular annual events, including the Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in May. The main attraction, of course, is the island’s pristine 13-mile-long shoreline, with access mostly restricted through well-regarded resorts like the Ritz-Carlton and Amelia Island Plantation. Yet despite its popularity as a resort-vacation hotspot, the island doesn’t feel overdeveloped or tacky. For an even more pristine experience, head to the south end to visit Amelia Island State Park, as well as the twin Big Talbot Island and Little Talbot Island state parks across the causeway (camping available).

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Alistair rates Amelia Island
Have been to Amelia Island three separate times, so obviously a solid four stars for me. We have always stayed at the Amelia Island Plantation Resort, which is a lovely property with everything you'd need in a vacation (albeit a bit spendy; shop at the local Harris Teeter to keep food costs down). Thing I really like about Amelia Island is the long stretch of near-deserted beach and lack of any significant high-rise development along the shore. Head up to Fernandina Beach for town-based activities and amenities, though my guess is you'll spend most of your time lazing on the beach or by the pool.
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