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Where is Amelia Island, Florida?

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Amelia Island sits along Florida's northeast coast, roughly 30 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida. This barrier island is part of Nassau County and is accessible by land bridge, ferry or air.

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Visitors arriving by car may take the Mayport auto ferry, which crosses the St. Johns River, via Florida Route A1A just south of Jacksonville. The other option is to take the Dames Point Bridge, or Interstate 295, to Heckscher Drive and then head over the Intracoastal Waterway via Interstate 95 and Route A1A.

Passengers flying into Jacksonville International Airport are less than a 30 minute drive from Amelia Island. This is the closest airport that offers scheduled passenger service on major carriers. Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport, on the island, can accommodate smaller planes and is primarily for private aviation use.

Amelia Island offers 13 miles of beaches, including Fort Clinch Beach, American Beach and Peter's Point. The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort has three 18-hole golf courses on site. Other accommodation options include condo and home rentals, bed and breakfast properties, and assorted hotels and motels.

Camping is available at Fort Clinch State Park. The park, located on the northern end of Amelia Island, includes historic Fort Clinch, established in 1864 and in use during the Civil War. On the first weekend of each month, park staff dress in period outfits and stage a re-enactment of life during those times.

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