Cumberland Island Beaches, Georgia
A popular getaway destination since the Carnegie family built mansions here in the late 1800s, the Cumberland Island National Seashore is no stranger to visitors. But thanks to an enforced limit of 300 visitors daily, the island and its undeveloped beaches still feel like exclusive escapes. Horses and turkeys run wild and sea turtles nest in the beach dunes. Scour the quiet stretch of sand from Dungeness Beach to the south end of the island in search of sharks' teeth, which are also often found in the roads and between the Dungeness and Sea Camp docks at low tide.
What to Do: Check with the ferry dockhands about renting a bicycle for exploring the island. Park rangers will take you to the wildlife and historic districts on interesting walking tours.
Getting Here: In summer, the Cumberland Queen passenger ferry to Cumberland Island runs two trips daily from downtown St. Marys (just off I-95) and a third afternoon trip Wednesdays through Saturdays. Reservations are recommended; trips take 45 minutes.