Camp on the white sand beach of Amelia Island and drift off to sleep to the sound of waves crashing on the shore, then awake to a spectacular sunrise over the mighty Atlantic.

Amelia Island is a small island near Fernandina Beach, Florida, and is one of the few places left where you can camp right on the beach for free. Although, if you wish to drive your car on the beach during peak season in the summer or a holiday weekend, you will have to purchase a permit for $5 from the Flash Foods down the road. But if you're here during the regular season, just check in with one of the sheriffs patrolling the beach and they'll usually let you camp without a permit. If you're tent camping, you can park in the parking lot for free, then just make the short walk over the dunes to the beach and pick a spot.

There are other access points to drive onto the beach, but camping near Peter's Point is the most convenient because it has toilets, showers and covered picnic areas. Fires are allowed on the beach and pets are welcome as long as they are leashed.

This vast beach is the perfect location for group camping, so invite all your friends, load up the cooler, create a playlist and get ready for an incredible weekend. Like water sports? You can swim, kayak, windsurf, paddle board, whatever floats your boat. Or, if you're more of a landlubber, bring a football or set up a makeshift volleyball net and unleash your competitive side.

When the sun begins to set, light up the campfire and crack open a brew. But don't stay up too late, because you're not going to want to miss the spectacular sunrise over the Atlantic.

While Peter's Point is a very peaceful spot for camping, be prepared for cars to occasionally drive past your site. Word of advice: keep the tide in mind when setting up camp. Don't be fooled by the low tide and pitch your tent near the water - waking up to a flooded tent can really put a damper on your day.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Permit (If you want to drive on the beach during summer/holidays) can be obtained at Flash Foods: 5518 South Fletcher Avenue
  • Firewood
  • Food and cooking supplies
  • Football, volleyball, kayak, paddleboard
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit
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Activities Kiteboarding, Chillin, Camping, Photography, Running, Yoga, Swimming, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area

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Breath-Taking Sunrise and Starry Nights

The location marker puts you right at the entrance to the beach. We arrived a little after midnight and the park was still open and we were able to find a spot on a Thursday night. Fires were not allowed during our stay, but we were told they would be allowed again beginning November 1st. The beach faces east and you get to wake up to a wonderful sunrise. There wasn’t too much light pollution, allowing pretty good views of the stars on a clear night.

Dog Friendly, Beautiful Spot

A beautiful night on the beach. Had a campfire, brought the dog, and had a great long beach hike. Felt totally safe as a female solo camper, great spot.

Perfect Overnighter

Drove up last night, and it was perfect! No evidence of fires, but you can just dig a hole and clean up afterwards! The comment earlier about the local rednecks was true, but they weren't too obnoxious. The local laws have changed, and you need to buy a $5 beach driving pass from the local gas station because you aren't allowed to park overnight in the parking lot. Here's the link with all the rules: http://www.nassaucountyfl.com/index.aspx?NID=474


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