Getaway: Amelia Island, Florida

It sounds somewhat juvenile to say, but my parents are the greatest parents and they have segued to being the greatest grandparents.   It’s because of them and that my husband and I are able to take regular getaways just the two of us.

This summer we took a 5-day trip to Amelia Island, Florida.  This tiny island with pristine water and sandy beaches has a rich and diverse history.  Hundreds of years ago, Fernandina Beach was an established seaport and evidence of the glory days can be found in the luxurious Victorian style homes that line the charming historic downtown.

Today shrimping boats can be seen dredging the ocean floor each morning and by dinner the fruits of the sea have made their way to your plate at one of the downtown’s quaint restaurants.

While an emphasis is on seafood, diners can find everything to eat on the island.  From the high-end boutique-style restaurants like The Ritz Carlton’s Salt to Sliders where the locals go for fresh grub and arguably the best ocean view.  Wherever you choose to eat you can be assured that the menu will give a nod to Amelia Island’s Spanish roots.

There is plenty to do on the island that will work up your appetite.  From chartered fishing expeditions, to scenic bike rides and miles of inviting sandy beaches, Amelia Island offers something for everyone.  On my to-do list when I return is a guided kayak or paddleboard tour through the scenic wetlands that is home to herons, egrets, turtles and many other native species.

Whether you want to pitch a tent on one of the numerous campsites in the area, be hosted by a bed and breakfast or patron one of the many motels, hotels and resorts, Amelia Island has got somewhere for you to lay your head at night.

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