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

Sunday, August 30, 2009


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

-- A.R.

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