Cumberland Island Beach

Coastal Georgia

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. Swimming is allowed at your own risk. There are no lifeguards and currents can be strong.

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