Florida is known for sandy beaches, golf courses and theme parks but that is just the tip of the iceberg for the Sunshine State. It is also the perfect getaway for nature enthusiasts and eco-travelers. Amelia Island, located off the North East Coast of the state, is just one of these treasures in Florida. With a mixture of relaxation and adventure both inland and on the ocean, this is a place that will work for the most diverse of families.


If you want to be treated like royalty, The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is the place for your family. It is surprisingly well equipped for families and young children, while still having that luxurious feel and areas just for the adults. Ritz Kids comes at an additional fee and includes a daytime kids club with planned activities, evening childcare so mom and dad can get some time out and a special evening  tuck-in.

Number of rooms: 446 guest rooms, including 36 Club rooms, 47 suites and three specialty suites – Atlantic, Amelia and The Ritz-Carlton Suite.

Other amenities: 

  • The Academy at The Golf Club of Amelia Island
  • Tennis
  • Family game room
  • Pools and beach access
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Island Adventures (includes surfing lessons, paddle boards, etc)

Room Rates: $450+ per night



We experienced a fine dining masterpiece when we visited Salt at the Ritz-Carlton and I take you through it step by step in the story below.


  • Fine Dining
  • Reservations recommended.
  • Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm
  • View the full menu on their website.
  • Dress code: Resort sophisticated.

Sliders Seaside Grill

Sliders is Fernandina Beach’s only oceanfront tiki bar and dining. Grab a seat, stick your toes in the sand and watch the kids play in the play area while you enjoy a drink and some fabulous fresh seafood (unless your choose one of the many other options on the menu).

  • Casual
  • Reservations not needed
  • Hours: 11am-10pm (open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays)
  • View the full menu on their website.

Ocean Bar & Grill

Ocean Bar & Grill is another restaurant located at the Ritz-Carlton and it’s a great place to grab a quick bite while taking in a view of the water. If you wander just a few feet down the walkway towards the water you may even catch a glimpse a turtle in the sand.

  • Casual, bathing suits acceptable
  • Reservations not needed
  • Hours: Open seasonally – Serving food from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and drinks from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • View the menu on their website.


Amelia Island Kayak Excursions

  • Family owned and operated
  • Guided kayak tours
  • Peddle kayaks available
  • Perfect for families
  • Call for reservations

Fort Clinch State Park

  • 1400 acres
  • Civil war reenactments
  • 3 mile shoreline
  • 1/2 mile fishing pier
  • Hours: 8am – sunset
  • Cost: $2 per person, $6 per vehicle
  • Camping fees: $26 a night

You can see more of what Amelia Island, Florida has to offer by visiting http://www.ameliaisland.com/.

2 Replies to “Stay, Eat, Go: Amelia Island”

  1. Lots like a very fun trip. Not sure I would do the kayak though. My niece took a canoe with her fiance through a slower water area in Florida and an alligator pursued them and attacked their canoe. they had to beat it off with the paddles. very scary. kayak on the ocean maybe but that looks like stiller water!

    1. There were alligators in the water, although we didn’t see them. We were with three guides who ensured our safety. Thankfully, gators generally don’t want to be bothered by people any more than we want to be bothered by them.

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