Amelia Island, Florida...
A Beautiful Escape

Looking for a quiet, beautiful and memorable get-away? Look no further than Amelia Island, Florida. Located less than 30 minutes from Jacksonville Airport, Amelia Island is 13 miles of gorgeous beaches and true paradise. On a recent visit we stayed at the lovely oceanfront Ritz -Carlton, as you drive up to the hotel, tree tunnels and foliage are plentiful, creating a fabulous entryway into this resort. The rooms, with balconies overlooking the crystal blue water, are comfy and inviting. There are several restaurants to choose from and the pool area offers a variety of food and drink delivered to you, perfect. The fish tacos are incredible!
Taking a walk on the pristine beach is a must-do. Gorgeous shells are everywhere and some lucky travelers even find starfish and sharks teeth to take home as souvenirs.
Outdoor activities are abundant on the island. Choose from golf on some of Florida’s premier courses or surf, boogie board or go fishing. Rent an ocean kayak, go sunset horseback riding on the beach or take a chartered boat to explore the beauty even more.
Shopping and eating well are a must (for me, at least) when visiting a new place, so we headed to Downtown Fernandina Beach. This historic Centre Street area is lined with shops and restaurants and located just a few minutes drive from our hotel. My husband and I enjoyed strolling the streets and visiting the quaint shops. At night, we returned to the area as the many pubs offer live entertainment and the restaurants offer everything from fresh seafood to Mexican fare.
We dined at the award winning Beech Street Grill. ( Built in 1889, this historic home was converted into a restaurant, offering six exquisite dining rooms. When we saw the wine list, which has won numerous accolades, we knew we were in for a fabulous dinner. Beech Street Grill, named one of Jacksonville’s Magazine’s Top 25 Restaurants, is exceptional. I had to try the Low Country Gumbo over Dirty Rice; I would go back just for that dish. My husband opted for the Parmesan Crusted Red Snapper for his meal, while I devoured my Macadamia Crusted Gulf Grouper, both extremely fresh and tasty. Save room for the Granny Smith Apple Bread Pudding, enough to share and the perfect ending to your dinner.
Relax during the day, dine and dance the night away and enjoy a beautiful get-away.
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