The Best Hotels in Fernandina Beach, Florida, for Every Traveler

Fernandina Beach has everything from homey lodges to grand luxury resorts
Fernandina Beach has everything from homey lodges to grand luxury resorts | Courtesy of Omni Amelia Island Resorte / Expedia
Elizabeth Rose

Fernandina Beach, Florida, on the north side of Amelia Island, is a sun-and-sand destination with miles of beaches. But there’s plenty more to delight visitors, not least the restaurants and boutiques along its historic Main Street. Visit the annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, which brings live music, a grand parade and, yes, lots of shrimp on which to gorge. Here are the best places to stay.

1. Omni Amelia Island Resort

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Stylish living and dining area at Omni Amelia Island Resort with view of the ocean
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The Omni is a grand luxury resort, sitting on 1,350 acres (550ha) right by the Atlantic Ocean. With so much space, there’s plenty to do. Play golf on the championship course, relax by one of two pools or join one of the daily Segway tours to explore the property. Return to a smorgasbord of restaurants – for a hyper-local dining experience, check out the Sprouting Project, where you’ll tour the onsite aquaponic greenhouse and gardens before sitting down to a farm-to-table dinner.

2. The Villas of Amelia Island

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Large double bed in room at The Villas of Amelia Island with doors to back yard
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An assortment of one-, two- and three-bedroom condos make up the offerings here, many with ocean views. With so much on offer, there’s undoubtedly a retreat for you. If you’re a golf enthusiast, splurge on a Club Villa, which sits alongside the Oak Marsh Golf Course with fairway views. But if tennis is your thing, book a Courtside Villa right by Racquet Park, home to 23 clay courts. No matter which you go for, it’ll come with access to all the amenities at the Omni Amelia Island Resort.

3. Amelia Hotel at the Beach

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Red exterior of Amelia Hotel at the Beach with the ocean in the background
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This three-storey hotel is nestled in a residential area on the coast, just a few minutes from central Fernandina Beach. Grab an ocean-view room and enjoy the white sands and swaying palm trees from your balcony. Breakfast is free and after a morning walk on the beach, take a dip in the outdoor hotel pool. For a special occasion, book the Terrace Suite with a jacuzzi tub and separate sitting area with a romantic fireplace.

4. Elizabeth Pointe Lodge

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Wooden deck at Elizabeth Pointe Lodge with view of a grassy hill
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Enjoy Southern hospitality right on the coast at this homey lodge. It has 25 rooms and suites, all decorated in soft, beachy tones. The hosts provide a complimentary breakfast with made-to-order dishes (try the Southern biscuits), fresh fruit and hot oatmeal. In the evening, relax with a wine or beer before heading to town for dinner. There’s also plenty to do here: you’re only 2mi (3km) from the historic downtown area, or you could book a fishing trip or go horseback riding on the beach. Make sure you’re back at the lodge for the beautiful sunset.

5. Beachside Motel

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Large outdoor pool at Beachside Motel
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You’re right on the beach at this intimate 20-room motel. The rooms are unfussy yet functional; if you’re planning a longer stay, book a suite with a kitchenette. Whichever you choose, you’ll wake up to the sun rising over the Atlantic. Hop out of bed and stroll over to the sands. The motel also has a lounger-lined swimming pool, the perfect place to rest sore feet after a long walk in town.

6. Florida House Inn

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Simple double bedroom at Florida House Inn with white wire bed and netted curtains
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Centrally located in the historic district, this inn built in 1857 is a beautiful place to sit and watch the world go by. Start your day with coffee and a gourmet breakfast in the courtyard. On weekends, enjoy a brunch featuring traditional Southern foods such as fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits. On Friday and Saturday evenings, gather at the Mermaid Bar for craft cocktails – try the rum-heavy Mermaid Slap. Rooms, which are all different, are decorated in soft relaxing tones and include lovely period pieces. If you’re a lover of an old-fashioned soak, book a king-bed room with a clawfoot tub.

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