Fernandina Beach, located on the beautiful Amelia Island of Florida, offers historic sites to see, a bustling arts scene, and full-sized golf courses galore. The downtown districts are old-fashioned with antiquated charms, like boutiques and small shops that line the sidewalks on both sides of a narrow town street.
Amelia Island is known as the Isle of 8 Flags; therefore, Fernandina Beach is a melting pot of unique cultures from around the world. From Spain, to Mexico, to Great Britain, to France, and the classics of the United States, the city takes pride in all heritages.
Be sure to visit Amelia Island's famed lighthouse. Built in 1838, it is the state's oldest lighthouse—one that has been guiding people through Fernandina's Harbor, several years before Florida became a state in 1845.
Fernandina Beach is a haven for foodies, offering unique global cuisines!
Foodies love Fernandina Beach because of all the cultural restaurants that bring their authentic cuisine from across the globe to one place.
There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from, but the Espana Restaurant and Tapas is a top favorite. Ranked the best place to eat in Fernandina Beach, the cuisine is a mixture of Mediterranean and Cuban, with a throw-in twist on classic Southern. Plus, all of the dishes are slightly upscale, with homemade sauces and edible garnish. A few meal favorites here are the drunken clams in a fisherman’s stew, shrimp Mozambique, and homemade Tres Leches.
Aside from the seashores across the series of Florida's Sea Islands, Fort Clinch State Park is a fun, historic place for locals and travelers to explore. There are bike trails, summertime historic reenactments near Fort Clinch buildings, multiple playgrounds and family-friendly nature paths, and free tours of the old-time facilities.
Or, if you prefer to cruise, hop on the Florida State Road that showcases miles of Florida coastlines from Key West, to Fernandina Beach, and beyond.
Want to unwind and free your inner child? Visit the Fernandina Beach Pinball Museum in Sadler Square, a shopping location on Amelia Island. More like a vintage game room, you can wander through for an afternoon of pinball wizardry.
Or, shell out a few bucks per hour for unlimited game play. The museum part features retro pinball games with informative plaques that feature unique facts about each game. Addams Family Pinball is one of the star attractions, as many visitors are reliving their childhoods with nostalgic game time.
According to TravNow research and online reviews, the best hotels in Fernandina Beach include the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Hampton Inn & Suites, Residence Inn, and Beachside Motel. For more information about your favorite and most popular Fernandina Beach attractions and must-see Florida cities, visit TravNow on a regular basis for updates.
Stay at one of the best hotels in Fernandina Beach!
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is a beachy, breezy, beautiful hotel on Beach Lagoon, right at the seashores of Fernandina Beach. Ranked as upscale, the hotel is a bit on the expensive side, especially in the summertime, but it’s worth it considering all of the accommodations that delight their guests.
For instance, the resort plans and implements family-friendly activities for kids throughout the year, as well as spa services, like pedicures, manicures, facials, and massages, for adults. Other accommodations include a concierge service that helps you plan out your getaway, a tennis court, small golf course, on-site restaurant with a bar and lounge, free high-speed internet, and shuttle bus services wherever guests need to go. Room-wise, the suites are super-spacious and sectioned into different rooms, kind of like a nice city apartment.
You don’t have to leave the resort to have a good time, as there are plenty of activities and attractions to tide you over here. For instance, walk along the 3-mile long seashores, sip mixed drinks of a multi-tiered pool deck, or rent a paddleboard to explore the nearby marshlands of Amelia Island.
The Hampton Inn & Suites
The Hampton Inn & Suites, located on South 2nd Street, is a budget-friendly Fernandina Beach hotel near the Historic Harbor. Online reviewers have commented that this hotel is more like a pleasant, old-fashioned, even romantic bed and breakfast, complete with unique décor for each room and a homey, intimate atmosphere.
There are dozens of restaurants and shops within walking distance of the hotel. Guests receive fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies upon check-in, as the hotel chain believes that warm cookies get a vacation off to a good start. Your Hampton Inn accommodations include a swimming pool and on-site fitness center, free parking lots, free hot breakfasts, free high-speed internet, and a business center with meeting areas.
Plus, each room comes with a queen-size bed, lots of bathroom toiletries, a well-equipped kitchenette, and a nice sitting area with comfortable, plush furnishings and a flat-screen television with cable access.
Relax on Fernandina Beach, wriggle your toes in the seashore foam, and feel your stress melting away with the crash of the waves.
The Residence Inn
The Residence Inn on Sadler Road is a pleasant, intimate hotel, ranked the best in Fernandina Beach for romance. Honeymooners and couples love coming to this hotel to celebrate their love for one another. While the suites are family-friendly, there is definitely a lovey-dovey vibe that comes through with the romantic décor, beach views, and amazing accommodations.
Just a few of the amenities include a swimming pool and hot tub, free high-speed internet, a free breakfast each morning of your stay, shuttle bus services to local shops, restaurants, and attractions, and self-serve laundry facilities. For fun and entertainment, head over to the Amelia Musical Playhouse—a small theatre of performance arts that puts on dozens of concerts, plays, and comedy shows year-round.
The Beachside Motel
Located on South Fletcher Avenue, the Beachside Motel is certainly beachside, with beautiful views of the ocean from private balconies.
The swimming pool is a big hit with families, couples, and all kinds of travelers, as there are lounge chairs around the pool area that allow guests to soak up the sun before taking a dip. Ranked one of the most family-friendly hotels in Fernandina Beach, the accommodations include the basics, like free high-speed internet and spacious rooms with scenic overlooks of the distant ocean.
Have you ever wanted to learn to surf or paddleboard? Book a lesson or two for you and your family at Surf-Asylum, located less than a mile from the Beachside Motel. Professional instructors will spend an afternoon getting you comfortable enough to learn the basics of riding the waves.
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