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Amelia Island, Florida: Tiny treasure island offers big savings for Summer 2013

The 13,200 square foot Spa at Amelia Island Plantation offers a soothing selection of luxury services. Try an island-style wrap surrounded by a lagoon and moss-draped oaks.
The 13,200 square foot Spa at Amelia Island Plantation offers a soothing selection of luxury services. Try an island-style wrap surrounded by a lagoon and moss-draped oaks.
Julie Catalano

Ahhh, Amelia. The long, beautiful beaches of a barrier island. A rich and colorful history. And a true get-away-from-it-all feeling that goes all the way down to your toes buried in white sand. One of northeast Florida's most popular destinations, this little treasure island is filled with gems just waiting to be discovered. Only 30 miles from Jacksonville, Amelia Island is immediately south of Cumberland Island, Georgia, but once you're there, you'll feel a world away.

Here's a bit of trivia: Amelia Island's nickname is “the Island of Eight Flags,” being the only U.S. location to be under the rule of eight different flags. It was named for the daughter of King George II of England (one of those eight flags).

In addition to abundant wildlife, sanctuaries, luxurious resorts, charming inns, championship golf courses, world-class spas, fine dining, boat charters, private guided nature tours, historic spots, and unforgettable scenery, Amelia Island is also home to Fernandina Beach (pop. 11,487), the only town on the island. It's a lovely glimpse of small-town days gone by, with an Old Town Historic District, trolley rides, the Palace Saloon, antique shops, and beautifully preserved Victorian architecture. Check out the Amelia Island Museum of History with its variety of walking tours and docent-led tours through 4,000 years of natural and human history.

Ready to go? You're in luck. Check out the special going on right now and book by May 10, 2013:

Great Summer Sale of 2013 – Ten Days Only

From May 1 through May 10, 2013, visitors headed to Amelia Island can save with the Great Summer Sale of 2013 for travel through September 3, 2013. “The Great Summer Sale only lasts 10 days, but visitors can choose travel dates all the way through September 2,” said Gil Langley, president and CEO of the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The sale includes thirteen of Amelia Island's award-winning accommodations, all offering a 15 percent discount off rack rates on reservations: Addison on Amelia, Amelia by the Sea Condominiums, Amelia Hotel at the Beach, Amelia South Condominiums, Beachside Motel, Blue Heron Inn, ERA Fernandina Beach Realty, Fairbanks House, Oceans of Amelia Condominiums, Residence Inn Amelia Island, Summer Beach Resort, Villas of Amelia Island Plantation, and Williams House.

For more information, Amelia Island Tourist Development Council, ameliaisland.com, 904-277-0717

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