Tucked away in the northeastern corner of Florida, Amelia Island is the perfect winter getaway. We have fewer crowds, warm temperatures, and ample opportunities to enjoy nature. While Amelia Island makes a great destination during any season, we’ve chosen three of the top reasons to book an Amelia Island vacation rental during the winter.
1) Amelia Island Winter Weather
The number one reason many travelers choose to visit Florida during the winter is to get as far south as possible. During the search, they often overlook the northern part of the state which is less crowded than busy southern Florida destinations. On Amelia Island, this translates into a more peaceful and relaxing time of year.
Our winter weather is mild with the coolest months of the year averaging lows in the mid-forties and highs in the sixties. This means you can enjoy the crisp night weather with a sweater, all while enjoying the warm, mild weather during the day. Spend more time outside this winter and enjoy some of our Island’s activities. We recommend birdwatching, biking, and strolling along our pristine and beautiful beaches.
2) Amelia Island Birdwatching
Often called a birder’s paradise, Amelia Island is well known for being one of the top birdwatching destinations in the southeast. Winter offers a special opportunity to see birds that are migrating south due to the colder temperatures. November through March is generally the best time to see the most birds. This includes those staying for the winter and others that are passing through during their migration.
Most of the island’s 470 species of birds can be seen year-round, but there are some that only visit seasonally. These include harder to spot species such as Cedar Waxwings and Snowy Owls. Two of the best places to spot birds are Ft. Clinch State Park on the north end of the island and Egans Creek Greenway that runs along the wooded and marshy center of the island.
3) Amelia Island Restaurant Week
There are many different winter events on Amelia Island throughout the holidays, however, the one you don’t want to miss is Restaurant Week! Held annually during the last week of January, Restaurant week is a 10-day culinary showcase. The island’s most popular dining hotspots are featured and each offers pre-fixed menus at set prices to match your budget. Participating restaurants will offer lunch for $12 and serve three tiers for dinner priced at $21, $31, and $41.
The 13th annual Amelia Island Restaurant Week will be held from January 22 through January 31, 2021. In addition to the variety of entrees and meals, there will also be various dining and cocktail activities including a kick-off dinner and a finale event. Find out more about the event and participating restaurants on the Amelia Island website.
Winter Vacation Rentals
Looking to escape the chill of cold weather and breathe some of the salty fresh air? Then our Amelia Island vacation rentals will make for the perfect winter getaway. We offer a wide variety of properties including oceanfront vacation rentals that offer a stunning view of the Atlantic. We look forward to welcoming you to our island and enjoying the fabulous winter weather!