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Island Adventure

Amelia Island is known for its beaches, which Condé Nast Traveler has lauded as among Florida’s best, but sunbathing may be the least exciting of the region’s myriad activities. More adventurous visitors will thrill at the chance to soar alongside seabirds, traipse through history at a Civil War fort and paddle past sandy dunes and salt marshes, just to name three possible pursuits on this beautiful barrier island. In this tropical paradise, even the moments you spend recharging can be refreshing.

A man and woman ride horses on the beach

Day

1

MORNING
  • TRUE LOCAL TREASURES.

    Point your beach cruisers south and down the Amelia Island Trail, under a scenic and shaded oak canopy towards historic American Beach to see local ecological treasure NaNa- Florida’s tallest dune.  

  • SEA HORSES AND SANDS.

    Saddle up on one of the impressive horses at Kelly Seahorse Ranch to see the miles of broad, undeveloped sugar sand beaches of Amelia Island State Park. 

MIDDAY
  • BONEYARDS, BIRDS AND BLACKROCKS.

    Join the resort Naturalist to discover a hidden gem of America’s southernmost Sea Islands. The tour commences with a short walk through a coastal hammock forest, arriving at a seemingly boundless, dramatic black rock beach dotted with the bleached bones of Live Oaks turned into towering driftwood. You can also take a birding tour with our Naturalist to the Talbot Islands to see what is considered one of the richest bird habitats in the world. 

     

     

AFTERNOON
  • Lounge Act.

    Sink your toes in the sand and lounge in Adirondack chairs outside The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Enjoy the tranquility of miles of dune-lined beachfront or relax in the privacy of your room or suite; each guestroom boasts a private balcony with coastal or direct ocean views.

  • FIRST CALL.

    Come to The Lobby Bar and join locals and guests for the tradition First Call, the decanting of the day’s small-batch house-infused spirit, steeped for 12 hours in a slow-drip infuser. The recipe is created daily by our mixologists and is inspired by seasonal elements and ingredients.

EVENING
  • WICKED GOOD.

    Located in a charmingly converted dive bar and helmed by the friendly and gracious owner using her mother’s recipes Wicked Bao’s Asian comfort food will have you jumping for joy. Adventurous but accessible, there’s something for everyone to love including Taiwanese buns, kimchi, ramen and vegetarian options. 

Two kayaks in the ocean

Day

2

MORNING
  • ON THE WATER, OFF THE BEATEN PATH.

    Paddle the scenic salt marshes on a professionally guided kayak tour or take and exciting Eco-Cat two-person powered boat tour from Riptide Watersports.

MIDDAY
  • INSTANT INSTAGRAM.

    Whether you love nature or history, a stop at Fort Clinch is a must. The striking backdrop of the 1,400 acre park will have you reaching for your camera. Look across the St. Marys River to catch a glimpse of Cumberland Island’s famous wild horses.

AFTERNOON
  • Get Your Bearings.

    Sample the local spirits during a tour and tasting at Marlin & Barrel, a home-grown distillery. The Bearing Light Rum and Venture Craft Vodka are created from Florida molasses, while the Blossom Orangecello and Grapefruitcello are both made with hand-zested Florida citrus. Their delicious spirits are also used by mixologists at The Lobby Lounge.

EVENING
  • TEMPTING TIDEWATERS.

    Taste the bounty and beauty of the coast at Tidewater Grill, the resort’s newest restaurant. Dishes of local shrimp and wild-caught fish are served alongside grilled classics and new favorites, all with a Lowcountry flair. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy dinner or just relax with a local beer.

A woman lying in a hammock while a therapist massages her shoulders

Day

3

MORNING
  • FLY LIKE AN EAGLE.

    The best time for a hang-gliding flight is first thing in the morning. Just one mile away, staff at Hang Glide USA will have you soaring over the Intracoastal Waterway and Fernandina Beach’s historic sites including Amelia Island State Park, the St. Marys River and Cumberland Island. 

MIDDAY
  • HEAVEN IN A HAMMOCK.

    The Heaven in a Hammock experience at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island balances the spirit and calms the mind through touch therapy as you rock gently in a hammock. 

AFTERNOON
  • Flight of Fancy.

    Savor a flight of craft beers from local favorite, Amelia Island Brewing Company in downtown Fernandina. Known as much for their brews as for their delicious pub food, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming in this converted historic storefront.

EVENING
  • SAVOR A CULINARY ADVENTURE.

    Chef Okan’s multi-course signature tasting menu at Salt artfully showcases the world’s finest seasonal produce, fish and meats and is truly a feast for the senses. To enhance the meal further, each course can be paired with sommelier-selected wines.

  • Where There’s Smoke …

    The Lobby Bar is the perfect place for a nightcap. Enjoy a flight of small-batch bourbons or the signature Smoked Old Fashioned cocktail, with hickory-smoked bourbon, St. Germain elderflower and Luxardo cherry liqueurs and orange bitters.