The Captain Morse House

Coastal Georgia Vacations: Your "To-Do" List

St. Marys is the “hidden secret” of the Georgia coast. 
Located on the Georgia/Florida line, it’s the gateway to Cumberland Island National Seashore.
It’s also the perfect location for day trips to St. Simons, Jekyll Island, Fernandina Beach, Jacksonville, Savannah, and the Okeefenokee National Park.

Historic St. Marys, Georgia

The 2nd oldest city in the U.S., St. Marys is known for its sweeping coastal vistas, picturesque small-town feel, historic architecture and southern hospitality.

Ferry to Cumberland Island

Georgia’s largest and southern most barrier island offers over 50 miles of trails & 18 miles of undeveloped beach. Hike bike, relax on a deserted beach.   Explore the ruins, and of course, see the wild horses.

Visit Jekyll's Driftwood Beach

Jekyll was once an exclusive winter retreat for some of America’s wealthiest families.  Today, owned by the State of Georgia, the island retains much of its natural beauty and offers golf, beaches, and for kids, the Summer Waves Water Park.

Explore the coastline

Venture through preserved woodlands, among moss-draped cypress and tupelo trees, past historic sites and to fantastic fishing holes. Serene waters, picturesque Southern scenery and abundant wildlife encounters. 

Spend a day at the beach

Or maybe go more than once. There are so many to choose from! Cumberland, Jekyll, St. Simons, Amelia Island and Jacksonville, all within 30 minutes.

Tour the Swamp

Located in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the Okefenokee Swamp Park  offers boat tours on original Indian waterways, wilderness walkways, Pioneer Island and native animals in their own habitat.

There's something about St. Marys . . .

The locals call it “Mayberry by the Sea.” And that pretty much describes it. Picket fences, azaleas, Spanish moss, gorgeous Victorian homes, and friendly residents who define the term “southern hospitality.”

St. Marys is the “Gateway to Cumberland Island.” The ferry departure is one block south of our home.   

This captivating coastal community, founded in 1787, offers quaint shops and delicious dining. Historic district treasures include the St. Marys Submarine Museum, St. Marys Film Museum, Orange Hall house museum, the Georgia Radio Museum, and the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum. You can enjoy kayaking, cycling, themed train excursions, golf cart tram tours and more!

Easy access from I-95, Via Georgia Exit 1 or 3.

The Captain Morse House

The Captain Morse House is a fully-restored 1905 Victorian, located on the main street in the center of the historic St. Marys riverfront area.

It’s the closest vacation rental to the river and the Cumberland ferry!
And only seconds away from the restaurants, waterfront park, coffee shops, galleries, museums and shops.

Private, fenced backyard. Perfect for pets, perfect for you!

Coastal Georgia Vacation Guide


There’s a lot of planning that goes into a successful vacation. Take a moment to read our local blog and take the stress off. 

  • How do we book the ferry for Cumberland Island?
  • Where are the best places to eat?
  • What should we bring?
  • Where is the closest . . . .

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