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The Coastal Isles and the Okefenokee Travel Guide

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Plan Your The Coastal Isles and the Okefenokee Vacation

Georgia's lush barrier islands meander down the Atlantic coast from Savannah to the Florida border. Notable for their subtropical beauty and abundant wildlife, the isles strike a unique balance between some of the country's wealthiest communities and some of its most jealously protected nature preserves. Until recently, large segments of the coast were in private hands, and as a result

much of the region remains as it was when the first Europeans set eyes on it 450 years ago. Though the islands have long been a favorite getaway of the rich and famous, they no longer cater only to the well heeled.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Saltwater marshes Fringing the coastline, waist-high grasses transform both sunlight and shadow with their lyrical textures and shapes.
  2. Geechee culture Vestiges of Georgia's Black Republic, an independent state of freed slaves established on the barrier islands in the mid-19th century, remain at the Sapelo Island settlement of Hog Hammock.
  3. Horses of Cumberland Some 200 feral horses, descendants of horses abandoned by the Spanish in the 1500s, roam the wilderness of Cumberland Island.
  4. Jekyll Island Originally the exclusive winter retreat of America's exceptionally rich, this village of mansion-size "cottages" is now open to all.
  5. Go for a ride Jekyll Island has 20 miles of paved bike paths that traverse salt marshes, maritime forests, beaches, and the island's National Historic Landmark District.

When To Go

When to Go

Early spring and late fall are ideal for visiting the coastal isles and the Okefenokee. By February, temperatures often reach into the 70s, while nig...

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