Amelia Island voted ‘Best Island in the U.S.’


Global Traveler magazine recently announced the results of its 2024 Leisure Lifestyle Awards, with readers voting Amelia Island the Best Island in the U.S. This annual survey honors many aspects of the world of leisure and lifestyle travel, awarding top goods, services, destinations, hotels, airlines, airports, cruises and more selected by Global Traveler’s nearly 850,000 readers.

No stranger to the magazine’s “Best Islands” list, Amelia Island claimed the No. 1 position for the first time this year, finishing ahead of St. Simons & Little St. Simons, Georgia; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Marco Island, Florida; and Maui, Hawaii.

“It is always an honor to be recognized by discerning travelers like the readers of Global Traveler magazine, who truly understand and appreciate what a rare gem Amelia Island is as an island destination,” said Gil Langley, president of the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We’re excited to welcome visitors this summer to discover for themselves why Amelia is indeed the best island in the U.S.”

According to Global Traveler, the survey was conducted over an eight-month period, with open-ended questions for the best in the categories of leisure, luxury and lifestyle travel. The survey reached nearly 850,000 readers in print and online.

Located off the northeastern tip of Florida, Amelia Island is just 13 miles long, two miles wide, and edged with natural Appalachian quartz beaches framed by rolling sand dunes. The island has captivated generations of travelers with its stunning natural beauty, unique history, outdoor adventure, independently owned eateries and charming seaport character.

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