Amelia Island has been voted No. 10 among the “Best Islands in the Continental United States” by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, one of the world’s most popular travel publications. This is the fourth consecutive year Amelia Island has made the travel magazine’s “World’s Best Awards” list, now in its 27th year. The No. 10 finish in 2022 puts Amelia Island in good company, joining other destinations including the Golden Isles, Georgia; the Outer Banks, North Carolina; and Hilton Head, South Carolina.

“By once again voting Amelia Island among the best in the country, the discerning readers of Travel + Leisure have made it clear this destination has what they value most in an unforgettable island getaway,” said Gil Langley, President of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Beyond our remarkable natural beauty and growing list of amenities and attractions, it is our local tourism industry’s commitment to delivering the kind of memorable experiences that have made Amelia one of the world’s best places to travel.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, was also recognized by the readers of Travel + Leisure, being voted No. 9 among the “Best Resorts in Florida.”

To see the complete lists of the Best Islands in the Continental United States, and Florida’s Best Resorts, visit TravelAndLeisure.com.

The World’s Best Awards is a travel awards program run by Travel + Leisure and based on an annual reader survey. The prestigious annual awards honor the top travel destinations, hotels, and companies worldwide. This year’s winners will appear online and in the August 2022 issue of Travel + Leisure magazine.

 

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Nicholas Velvet
Nicholas Velvet
13 days ago

Bummer. The last thing Amelia Island needs is to be voted “best”, “Top Ten” in any advertising blitz. We have been “found” and are overrun. Best in beach side traffic is clearly “a winner” yes? I for one are soooo much happier knowing we’re “Top Ten”~~not.
The lead in of the article has a picture of a beach pier…..JAX beach NOT Amelia Island but the AI beaches are sure beginning to look like that with beach crowds.

Sandra Lerch
Sandra Lerch
13 days ago

These tourists are not given tickets for speeding, drinking while intoxicated, which are occurring all through the streets. They do not clean up after they leave the beach. I have to pay through my tax dollars to clean up after them and I pay for EMS for them. They are not charged to park at the beach. They are GIVEN amenities-discounts other beaches do not.
Why wouldn’t they come here. There are NO rules for them.The business’ want them here so they can make more money. I no longer take my visitors to local restaurants or downtown shopping. These places do not offer me a discount. City Hall has offered Carte Blanche to them. These so called people who are supposedly, supposed to be looking out for the residents, have done a very, very poor job. Amelia Island has a problem and are not containing it. You are getting the riff raff. It has become a mecca for lower income tourists.

Steve Vogel
Steve Vogel
12 days ago
Reply to  Sandra Lerch

So I guess you have voted in the local elections for the folks who control those things? BTW, I visit Amelia and I’m not “lower income”.

Michaelene
12 days ago
Reply to  Sandra Lerch

Aren’t we so lucky! We have a front seat …up close and personal…ruin of a fragile land. The Death of Nana Dune.

Michaelene
12 days ago

Just say: NO! When this type of adulation happens….say goodbye to a place once special and beautiful. That beauty is also fragile. I witnessed this on the Charleston Sea Islands, Ruined…

Bill Anderson
Bill Anderson
12 days ago

Do you think AI dropped from 4th last year to 10th this year can be attributed to how we are now overcrowded, and overdeveloped without an adequate infrastructure to support either situation?

Rich Polk
Rich Polk
12 days ago

Our delicate fragile barrier island has become a destination for consumers. If the current rate of consumption continues we will be completely gone very soon.

The TDC needs to be abolished.

Environmental education must become our priority.

Save Amelia Island. Join Conserve Amelia Now.

PerryLaspina
12 days ago

And a big-hand to Gil Langley, because he’s the one mostly responsible for all these great changes!!! The island was a nice, quite, fairly reasonable place to live and raise a family just 10-yrs ago, but NO more, as almost all those great things we moved here for are long GONE.

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