Description - Strictly a day use park, Amelia Island is located about eight miles south of the popular Fernandina Beach and seven miles north of Little Talbot Island State Park. This lovely spit of land has the characteristics of a barrier island with beautiful resort homes and upscale shopping, yet harbors a healthy ecosystem.
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Amelia Island State Recreation Area
- Just south of the developed tourist and residential areas of Amelia Island, Amelia Island State Recreation Area offers over 200 acres of undeveloped sea island recreational opportunities. Pristine beaches, salt marshes and coastal maritime forests provide a glimpse of the original Florida.
Recreation - Activities at Amelia Island State Recreation Area include fishing, hiking, sunbathing, beachcombing and bird-watching. One of the most popular activities is operated by a private concessionaire contracted through the Florida Park System, offering guided horseback rides along the hard-surfaced Atlantic beach. Moments away from the bustling metropolitan area of Jacksonville, this recreation-rich area boasts close proximity to a number of other oceanside state parks and state historical sites.
Climate - Summers in northeastern Florida are hot and humid with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Summer temperatures average in the low 80's Fahrenheit (27 - 28 Celsius). Mild winter temperatures average below 52 degrees Fahrenheit (below 11 Celsius). Freezing temperatures are infrequent but windy conditions are common. The average precipitation for the northeast area is between 52 and 56 inches per year. Light, loose fitting clothing is recommended in spring, summer and fall. Layered clothing is recommended for winter. Biting insects are common throughout the year and are especially heavy from late April through early June.
Amelia Island State Park is located in the northeast corner of Florida, along the Atlantic Coast, north of Jacksonville. The park is seven miles north of Little Talbot Island State Park on S.R. A1A, or eight miles south of Fernandina Beach.