What to Do
Take in the sights and sounds of the sea, as the island is free from much development and commercialization. Expect your own piece of the sand and your own shade from the trees, as you look for a spot to set up before heading into the waters of the Atlantic. Hiking, camping, birdwatching, and biking are all options, and there are even ranger guided tours if you’re looking for something a little more official and educational.
Where to Stay
Luxury accomidations aren’t exactly the norm on Cumberland Island, but to us that seems like it’s part of the charm. With a reservation—and for a fee—you’re welcome to go ahead and setup a tent and do some camping. Alternateively, there’s the aformetnioned Greyfield Inn, but just realize that you’re going to spend upwards of $500 per night for the pleasure to do so.
Who Goes There
Those who enjoy daytrips to the island probably make up the bulk of the visitors, so you’re probably not going to rub elbows with the rich and famous. However, do note that the island served as the stage for the marriage of Carolyn Bessette and John F. Kennedy Jr. during their somewhat secret ceremony.
Where to Eat
You can eat anything you want on the island, but that’s only the case if you bring it with you. Unfortunately there’s nothing really available on the island, as food, drinks, bug repellent, and other goodies aren’t an option unless you bring them with you. There are a few spots to fill up your water bottle, so you’re good with that at least.
Can you say horses on the beach? Feral horses—known as the Cumberland Island horses—do their thing on and around the island, and estimates have their population at between 150 and 200. The park service doesn’t really have a plan for them, so they kind of just do their thing. There’s no guarantee that you’ll see them, but definitely keep an eye out.