Amelia Island a Top 5 Choice in 2022 Conde Nast Traveler Rankings

Amelia National Golf & Country Club residents know they live in a special slice of northeast Florida and near an equally special place — Amelia Island.

But they’re hardly alone. Amelia Island LighthouseAmelia Island is ranked No. 3 in Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Readers Choice Awards 2022 for top islands in the United States, so now the world knows it too.

Long one of Florida’s premier resort destinations, Amelia Island’s history, outdoor-recreation options and social, dining and shopping opportunities are only 10 minutes east of Amelia National, which is located on the nearby mainland. That’s like living in TWO amazing places at once.

Dive in for more on the perks of Amelia National’s proximity to Amelia Island.

The rankings

Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s annual survey of the world’s top island destinations is chosen by readers of the magazine and its website.

Popular island destinations are ranked according to geographic region. These include Asia, Africa and the Indian Ocean, Australia and the South Pacific, the Caribbean and Atlantic, Central and South America, Europe, other areas of North America, and the U.S.

No. 3 Amelia Island was the top-ranked Florida island on the U.S. list, which totaled 15 islands. Hilton Head Island and Kiawah Island, both in South Carolina, ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. The other Florida islands were No. 9 Sanibel and Captiva Islands, No. 12 Marco Island and No. 13 Key West.

Why Amelia Island is special

Named for Great Britain’s 18th-century Princess Amelia, a daughter of King George II, this northeast Florida island and its immediate mainland form the Sunshine State’s northeastern gateway.

It’s done so for centuries, beginning with native peoples and continuing with French, Spanish, English, colonial Americans and even pirates! Fort Clinch at Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island during sunset.In fact, Amelia Island is known as the Isle of Eight Flags for the governments that have claimed it.

The modern shrimp industry has its origins at Amelia Island and surrounding waters. Historic structures abound here, especially in Fernandina Beach’s Victorian-era downtown. Also here are 13 miles of Atlantic beaches, Florida’s oldest lighthouse (the circa-1820 Amelia Island Lighthouse), American Beach (a historic vacation site for 20th-century African-Americans and home to Florida’s tallest sand dunes), plus 1,500-acre Fort Clinch State Park.

Why Amelia National is special

Only a quick drive from the history and fun of Amelia Island, Amelia National is one of ICI Homes’ signature developments.

This gated master-planned community boasts a Tom Fazio-designed golf course, a stately French provincial clubhouse that anchors enthusiastic dining and social scenes, a resort-style swimming pool, tennis center and fitness center.

New lots and homes are continually on the horizon here, mixed among Amelia National’s prime siting amid coastal forests and wetlands.

Check our current listing of move-in-ready homes, or connect with our online sales staff to make Amelia National your island-like destination.

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