"Being with the one you love on a sandy beach with waves crashing in the distance conjures up fairytale romance at its best. Amelia Island beach weddings are as close to perfect as you can get. Here are some tips to help make your beach wedding on Amelia Island even more perfect." -ameliaisland.com







PERMITS

There is no fee or permit required to have your own beach wedding at any of the public City beach accesses on Amelia Island. Just choose your public beach access point (over 40 to choose from).

THINGS TO CONSIDER:

  • Leashed pets are allowed on the beaches of Amelia Island, but must be picked up after.
  • Consider substituting bird seed for rice.
  • SEA TURTLES MAY BE JOINING YOU. Sea turtles nest between May 1st and October 31st on our beaches. During this season, lighting and flash photography is not allowed pre-dawn or post-dusk on the beach.


The following items are not allowed on Amelia Island beaches:

  • Balloons
  • String
  • Alcohol
  • Open Flame (cooking is not allowed on the beach)



Beach Wheelchairs
The Parks & Recreation Department has two (2) beach wheelchairs available for reservations at the Atlantic Recreation Center.  A refundable deposit of $50 per chair and a copy/imprint of a major credit card and driver's license are required.  Please call the Atlantic Recreation Center at 904-310-3350 for availability and reservations. 
NOTE:  Beach wheelchairs may be reserved for up to 7 consecutive days.  Reservations may be made up to 1 year in advance.



Public City Beach Accesses with Parking


These public access points have very limited parking and are perfect for elopements and intimate ceremonies with little to no set-up requirements.

  • Mantanzas Access:  #34 ADA accessibility. 
  • Manatee Access:  #35
  • Suwanee Access:  #35S 
  • Kissimmee Access:  #36
  • Alachua Access:  #37 
  • Osceola Access:  #38 
  • Ozello Access:  #39
  • Pasco Access:  #40


The following has a larger parking area with no facilities and no vehicle traffic on the beach.  Driving on the beach is prohibited in this area.  It is perfect for ceremonies up to 50 guests. 

                                      
North Beach Park Access:  #12N ADA accessibility

1230 N Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

A quiet beach park on the north end of the island, North Beach Park provides two covered pavilions, picnic tables, parking and a boardwalk to the beach. No lifeguards are on duty.North Beach Park is managed and maintained by the City of Fernandina Beach.  For rental and general information on any of the City of Fernandina Beach parks, please call the Atlantic Recreation Center at (904) 277-7350.     



The following has a larger parking area and facilities. These areas allow driving on the beach and can get busy during peak season and certain times of the day.

                    
Main Beach Park: #Dolphin Street Access ADA accessibility. 

25 Dolphin St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Looking for Amelia Island beach access with a few concessions and activities? Then head to Main Beach Park (located at Atlantic and South Fletcher Avenue). Main Beach Park offers public restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic tables, barbecues, gazebos, volleyball courts and children’s playground. Park vehicles at Main Beach’s large parking lot and enter the beach for free. A casual beach bar and restaurant (Sandy Bottoms) is located at Main Beach. Also at Main Beach is Fernandina’s Putt-Putt(serves burgers, milk shakes, ice cream, soft drinks at the beach). Main Beach has four lifeguard towers during the summer season with Ocean Rescue personnel Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.


Seaside Park Access

2020 South Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

*Parking, ADA Accessible, DRIVING PERMITTED ON THE BEACH

In between Main Beach Park toward the north end of Amelia Island, and Peter’s Point toward the southend of the island, is Seaside Park near Sliders (at the roundabout of South Fletcher Avenue and Sadler Road). There is a smaller public parking lot at Seaside Park (free) with dune walkovers and a couple of picnic tables, and public restrooms have now been added to this beach access. Sliders located at Seaside Park is an oceanfront restaurant with outdoor tiki bar and often has live entertainment in the evenings. Also across the street from Seaside Park near the roundabout is a beach gear rental shop and place to rent bicycles. Seaside Park has lifeguard towers with Ocean Rescue personnel daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.



County Accesses


Peters Pointe

1974 South Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 

*Parking, ADA Accessible, DRIVING PERMITTED ON THE BEACH

Peter’s Point, on South Fletcher Avenue (Nassau County, Florida) offers large parking area, restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic tables and barbeques. Food trucks have been permitted at Peter’s Point, new for the summer season 2015, (including Pompeo’s Italian food truck). The Amelia Island Trail, a 6.2 mile path for biking and hiking opened in 2013 and begins at Peter’s Point, read related article about Amelia Island Trail with photo gallery. Peter’s Point has four lifeguard towers with Ocean Rescue personnel daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.


Scott Rd. Beach Access
4902 Amelia Island Parkway, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

*Parking, ADA Accessible, DRIVING PERMITTED ON THE BEACH


Burney Park at American Beach 
1556 Gregg St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Burney Park is located on Amelia Island’s southend in between Summer Beach and Omni Amelia Island Plantation (beach access #109, turn onto Gregg Street from First Coast Highway/A1A). Beach park offers restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic tables and lifeguard towers from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Located at historic American Beach, the Burney Park area features a dune system called “Nana,” the tallest dune in the state of Florida. (Nana was formerly part of Amelia Island Plantation, but the resort donated 8.5 acres to the National Park Service’s Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve to save this dune). The 200-acre historic American Beach was a vacation spot for wealthy African Americans back when beaches in America were segregated. The founders of the Afro-American Life Insurance Company purchased American Beach back around the Great Depression. Today, American Beach is the first stop on the Florida Black Heritage Trail, with approximately 50 homes remaining from the 1940s and 1950s.


State Park Accesses

*Please note that entrance fees will apply to the State Parks


Fort Clinch State Park

2601 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

At over 1,400 acres, Fort Clinch State Park is situated on Florida’s northernmost barrier island- Amelia Island.  Fort Clinch State Park provides an excellent backdrop and is perfect for smaller weddings along the Atlantic Beach. Call the park administrative office at 904-277-7233  for more information (M-F 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.).


​Amelia Island State Park

State Road A1A North, Jacksonville, FL, FL 32226     (904) 251-2320

At the southern tip of the island is the Amelia Island State Park located near the southend bridge, First Coast Highway/A1A) with over 200 acres of beachfront and forest, a wonderful natural environment. This area of Amelia Island is a favorite spot of local fishermen who cast from the shore and from the George Crady dedicated fishing bridge at this location.


This Florida State Park is open daily (admission $2 per person), but note there are no lifeguard towers in this park, no restrooms along the beachfront and dogs are not allowed on the beach. There is limited access to this park without a 4-wheel-drive vehicle. Other public county and city beach parks on Amelia Island are much more suitable for beachgoers seeking to spend a day at the beach, soak up the sun and swim. Much of Amelia Island State Park is designated a “Critical Wildlife Area,” and is a nesting ground for Least Terns, and a site on the “Great Florida Birding Trail.” Note that large areas of Amelia Island State Park are off limits during bird nesting season (“closure dates April 1- Sept. 1st”). Please use caution when in the park and avoid clearly marked bird nesting areas.


Little Talbot Island State Park

12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL, FL 32226     (904) 251-2320

Little Talbot Island State Park is a Florida State Park located on Little Talbot Island, 17 miles northeast of Jacksonville on State Road A1A. The park covers the entire 2,500-acre island.

With more than five miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches, Little Talbot Island is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in Northeast Florida. Maritime forests, desert-like dunes and undisturbed salt marshes on the western side of the island allow for hours of nature study and relaxation. The diverse habitats in the park host a wealth of wildlife for viewing, including river otters, marsh rabbits, bobcats and a variety of native and migratory birds.


Capacity and Pricing Wedding permits are $50 plus regular park admission of $5 per vehicle 2-8 people or $4 for single person. Thirteen beach front pavilions are available for full-day rentals at $40. Each pavilion can accommodate 40 people comfortably with 8 picnic tables and 2 grills for your convenience.​

Amelia Island ​beach weddings