The weather will soon be heating up, and before you know it, you're going to be craving a trip to the beach. Luckily, you don't even have to leave the state to have a beach adventure to remember. All you have to do is visit one of the best beaches in Georgia.

If you're into looking for seashells, then you don't want to pass up Cumberland Island. It's the state's largest and southernmost barrier island, and the undeveloped natural landscape is absolutely stunning. You'll find pristine forests, unspoiled beaches, and gorgeous marshes, all on this piece of land.

It's one of the best places for shelling in the area because it's largely undeveloped and there is a limit on how many people are allowed on it each day. Therefore, there aren't that many people to scoop up all the good shells before you get to them.

You're especially likely to find olive shells and sand dollars on this beach, but you really never know what you may find. The best time to go shelling is during low tide.

Take your time because sometimes, it takes a while to find the best hidden treasures. They may be buried in the sand, so don't be afraid to do some digging.

There are plenty of other activities to enjoy as well. There are no paved roads, so biking might just be the best way to get around.

You can also camp there if you want to stay for a while. One thing is for sure: You're going to want to take some time to soak up the sun.

Oh, and don't forget to check out the wild horses! According to NPS.gov, while some people believe these horses are the descendants of Spanish conquistadors from the 1500s, evidence of this is scarce. 

The website instead offers a different explanation for the current horses' arrival, "Throughout the 1900s, new stock was introduced and some horses were taken off the island for sale. Property owners on Cumberland managed horses as free-ranging livestock from the 1940s until the 1960s. By the time the park was established in 1972, horses had become feral on the island." 

Thanks to this, they are now wandering all over the island, so you're sure to get a glimpse of them at some point. 

If you're looking for other amazing islands off of Georgia's coast, take a trip to the white sandy beaches of Ossabaw Island or the dunes of Little Tybee Island.

Cumberland Island

Price: Free

Address: Cumberland Island

Why You Need To Go: You can scour the gorgeous sandy beaches for stunning seashells.


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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