Internationally acclaimed Global Traveler magazine recently announced the results of its highly anticipated 2024 Leisure Lifestyle Awards, with readers voting Amelia Island, Florida, 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 (Amelia Island CVB). “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. A full list of the winners can be found 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. To learn more about award-winning Amelia Island, visit


About Amelia Island 

Northeast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty.  Amelia Island offers long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters.  Upscale resorts with world-class spas, championship golf and exclusive dining blend effortlessly with a captivating collection of bed and breakfast inns and historic districts.  The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions and eateries.  Forget the everyday getaway; come make memories on Amelia Island.  For visitor information and online planning, visit


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