ST MARYS, GA - GATEWAY TO CUMBERLAND ISLAND
Step back to yesteryear and visit a quaint and historic waterfront village. St. Marys is steeped in history beginning with the native Guale Indians and the Spanish who settled here in the 1500s. In 1787, an English-speaking colony began in St. Marys. Homes, B&Bs, churches, and attractions dating back as early as 1801 are still standing.
St. Marys has three historic museums, which include the St. Marys Submarine Museum, Orange Hall, and the Forgotten Invasion / Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum. St. Marys is home to many antique and other unique shops. Among its many fine dining choices are great restaurants featuring seafood, ethnic, and down-home southern cooking. Beautiful bed and breakfast inns and three wonderful hotels offer great accommodations to fit everyone's budget.
St. Marys is the gateway to Cumberland Island National Seashore. The ferryboat carries day visitors and overnight campers and their gear from St. Marys to Cumberland Island to see wild horses, loggerhead turtles, over 300 species of birds, the Carnegie mansions, and the ruins of Dungeness. Cumberland Island's 16 miles of unspoiled beach has been chosen by the T ravel Channel as the best wilderness beach in the USA. Coastal Living Magazine chose Cumberland Island as the seventh best shelling beach. The late JFK, Jr., held his wedding reception at the world-renowned Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island National Seashore. Camping and bike rentals are available at the National Seashore.
For travel arrangements and more detailed information on St. Marys and Cumberland Island, please call 800-868-8687 or visit the website www.stmaryswelcome.com which includes a 20-minute video, or stop by the Welcome Center located next to the St. Marys City Hall. St. Marys is three miles from the Georgia-Florida state line, eight miles east from Exit 3 on I-95. St. Marys is only 20 minutes from the Jacksonville International Airport.
You owe it to yourself to visit St. Marys and add it to your list of favorite destination choices. www.stmaryswelcome.com