When it comes to beaches, Georgia might not be the first state you think of. But right off the coast of Georgia is an island that'll make you feel like you've stepped miles away from The Peach State and into a tropical oasis where you can go on a seaside treasure hunt. Get ready to grab your bucket and fill it with treasures at Cumberland Island in Georgia.

You'll find the island's sandy shores just northeast of St. Mary's and the Florida border. The only way there is by taking the ferry from St. Mary's or by private boat, and only 300 visitors per day are allowed to walk its lush and diverse landscapes, so its best to reserve your ride in advance.

While Cumberland Island may be known for its free-roaming wild horses and picturesque ruins, it's also a great place to hunt for seashells and shark teeth due to being Georgia's largest barrier island.

During low tide, visitors will be able to see thousands of shells ranging in all sizes and colors.

You're welcome to take any shells without sea life in them and fossilized shark teeth home with you. You're also allowed to collect small amounts of fruits and nuts to eat during your visit, but everything else you may find must remain on the island.

There are even camping sites you can stay at so overnight visitors can search under starry skies for the best finds.

After you've had your fill of shell-picking, the hiking and biking trails will wind through wooded forests while crumbling ruins give you a look into the past. There are a ton of unique ways to escape and explore here.

It's just $10 to enter the park, on top of the ferry charge, which will give you access to the island for one week. You'll have plenty of time to explore everything its shores have to offer and find the absolute best seashell treasures.



Exploring Cumberland Island is one affordable adventure that'll give you an experience like no other. 

Cumberland Island 

Price: $10 admission for a full weeks access.

Address: 113 St. Marys St., St. Marys, GA to board the ferry.

Why You Need To Go: This island is full of wild roaming horses, plenty of hiking trails, old ruins, and beachy shores where you can hunt for thousands of unique shells and shark teeth. 

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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