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What to Do, Where to Go in Cumberland Island, Ga.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

GETTING THERE

Nonstop flights to Jacksonville, Fla., include United from Dulles, US Airways from Reagan National and Southwest from BWI Marshall, starting at $165. The ferry from St. Marys, Ga., about a 40-minute drive from the airport, departs at 9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. The ferry departs from Cumberland Island at 10:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., with an additional ferry departing from the island at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday from March 1 to Sept. 30. The ferry does not run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays Dec. 1 to Feb. 28. Reservations are recommended; call 877-860-6787. Fares for the 45-minute ride are $17, $12 for children and $15 for seniors.

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WHERE TO STAY

The Greyfield Inn, 904-261-6408, http://www.greyfieldinn.com. The island's only hotel, with 16 rooms starting at $395.

Camping. Developed campsites are available for $4 per person, per night, and backcountry sites are available for $2 per person, per night.

Ocean One Resort Hotel & Spa, 1 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville, Fla. 904-249-7402, http://www.oneoceanresort.com. Rooms with an ocean view, a short drive from the Jacksonville airport. Rooms from $169.

WHERE TO EAT

BB's Restaurant and Bar, 1019 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 904-306-0100, http://www.bbsrestaurant.com. Casual but upscale American cuisine in historic San Marco neighborhood, about 15 miles from the Jacksonville airport. Don't miss the specialty cakes for dessert. Lunch entrees from $11 to $15. Dinner from $19 to $32.

Bistro Aix, 1440 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 904-398-1949, http://bistrox.com. Upscale French and Mediterranean food in San Marco, with patio seating available. Lunch entrees from $9.50 to $19. Dinner from $13 to $28.

WHAT TO DO

Cumberland Island National Seashore, 912-882-4336, http://www.nps.gov/cuis. Ranger-guided tours are available daily. The seashore museum is open 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The park entrance fee is $4 for age 16 and older; those 15 and younger are free. Bikes are available for rent at the Sea Camp Dock for $16 per day. Hunting and fishing allowed with permits.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

St. Marys Convention & Visitors Bureau, 912-882-4000, http://www.stmaryswelcome.com.

-- A.R.


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