United Airlines offers nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to Savannah, Ga. US Airways offers nonstop flights from Reagan National to Savannah. Meridian, where you catch the ferry to Sapelo Island, is about 60 miles south of Savannah.
Current ferry fees are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 6-12, free for children younger than 5. Reservations required (912-437-3224; www.sapelonerr.org).
Because Sapelo has limited access, to visit you must either join a public tour (see below), arrange for a private stay at Hog Hammock or reserve a group stay at the Reynolds Mansion or Cabretta Island.
Blue Heron Inn
1346 Blue Heron Lane SE, Darien
An upscale bed-and-breakfast offering rooms and cottages from $125 per night.
1766 Landing Rd., Sapelo Island
Group reservations only; 16-person minimum. All-inclusive rates begin at $160 per person per night, with a two-night minimum.
Camping for groups only; 15-person minimum. Rates begin at $15 per person per night, with a two-night minimum.
Individuals, couples or small groups can stay in Hog Hammock at privately owned lodges, homes or cottages. List of accommodations and contact information available thorugh Sapelo Island Visitors Center.
The only restaurant on Sapelo is part time, with no set days, hours or prices, but will serve Southern-style seafood and ribs to groups with advance notice.
Clay’s Sapelo Station and Crabshed
Highway 17, Eulonia
Features steak and locally caught seafood. Dinner only, Wednesday-Sunday. Entrees from $17.
Skippers Fish Camp
85 Screven St., Darien
A coastal institution known for fresh seafood and ribs. Entrees from $13.
Sapelo Island Visitors Center
Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve
1766 Landing Rd. SE, Darien
Half-day tours of the island offered by the Department of Natural Resources through the visitors center are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 6-12. Age 5 and younger free.