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Top Choice Nature Reserve in Cumberland Island & St Marys

Cumberland Island National Seashore

Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island is an unspoiled paradise. A campers' fantasy, place for family day trips and secluded retreat for couples – it's no wonder the wealthy Carnegie family used Cumberlan…
Ruins in Cumberland Island & St Marys

Dungeness Ruins

This derelict, but spectacular, mansion was built by Thomas Carnegie and his wife, Lucy, in 1884. It became the base of a vibrant social scene, a semitropical setting where senators, statesmen and celebrities were h…
Beach in Cumberland Island & St Marys

Cumberland Island Beach

Cumberland Island's pristine, expansive and almost-empty beach runs for 17 miles. There's ample opportunity to see wildlife here. Look out for osprey, loggerhead turtles, ghost crabs and enormous horseshoe crabs. Sw…
American in Cumberland Island & St Marys

Bessies

Right next to the Riverside Cafe and opposite the Visitor Center, this simple cafe serves up unpretentious American classics: burgers, steak sandwiches, chili cheese fries and hotdogs, plus wraps and sandwiches. The…
Italian in Cumberland Island & St Marys

Pauly's Cafe

On the main intersection in St Marys, this friendly, chintzy cafe serves big sandwiches to go, with a side of either potato salad or pasta. Plus, it does a good selection of Italian pasta dishes – carbonara, tortell…
Greek in Cumberland Island & St Marys

Riverside Cafe

A Greek cafe that does a take on the gyro: pork, lamb or beef are seasoned and pounded into gyro-like strips (it doesn't have a rotisserie), piled with lettuce, feta and tzatziki, and folded into a fresh pita. There…
Museum in Cumberland Island & St Marys

Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum

If you have time to spare after checking in for the ferry, this little museum offers some background info on the area's military history, plus early settlers – indigenous tribes, African Americans, plus the Stafford…
Cafe in Cumberland Island & St Marys

Cedar Oak Cafe

Small cubbyhole cafe serving reasonably priced breakfasts, plus sandwiches and bagels for your Cumberland Island trip. You can't go wrong with the grilled tuna with salad, onion, tomato and Swiss on rye bread.
Museum in Cumberland Island & St Marys

St Marys Submarine Museum

Learn about St Marys 'Silent Service' through a collection of 20,000 artifacts, including vintage submarine equipment, war relics and deep-sea diving suits.
Bar in Cumberland Island & St Marys

J's Tavern

Aside from the few St Marys restaurants, this is only option for a pint in the area. It's a local's joint, serves craft ale and has plenty of bar games – pool, darts and Ping-Pong. Some locals say it's the most haun…