Destination guide

Escape to Cumberland Island

You can watch the world of modern America disappear as you bounce over the serpentine meanders of Fancy Bluff Creek to Cumberland Island. Fragmenting from the side of the eastern seaboard, this is a place to really get away from it all. It's a land where the rollers of the Atlantic provide the backing track, and the sway of the sawgrass swamps is there to keep you grounded. Cumberland Island vacation rentals will offer access to old mansions bearing the moniker of Carnegie, too, but it's mainly all about the wild waters and misty bayous in this designated national seashore.

Things to do

Tracing the Carnegies in Cumberland Island

Although the landscapes here have remained wild and feral thanks to the protected national status of the whole Cumberland seashore, there are a couple of relics from centuries gone by that are worth seeing. They start with the eerie ruins of Dungeness. Built first in the 1730s, the mansion was once home to Nathanael Greene, the Revolutionary War general, and then entered the Carnegie family of industrial magnates. The latter also built the beautiful Plum Orchard estate, where guided tours of the rooms and grounds are a great way to experience the rich heritage of the island.

Activities

Find yourself on the frontier in Cumberland Island

Cumberland Island hearkens back to the days of wild America. Almost entirely undeveloped, it's got sweeping swathes of vine-draped swampland and marsh. The rare roads are all encased in canopies of gnarled cypress trees and palms. The beaches are salt-washed and untrodden – you're not likely to see another footprint there as you beachcomb between the dunes and crashing swells. Birding is popular, with flitting falcons and ospreys all occupying the skies, while campers and board-touting surfers also make their way to the shores.

Weather

Feel the heat on Cumberland Island

With the heat of the American South descending on the Georgian shores from June to August, most travelers prefer to ferry across to the barrier islands in the cooler months of the year. That could mean booking your Cumberland Island vacation rental for October or November, when you can still expect to find the mercury cranking up to temperatures above 60 degrees. Or, it could mean coming in March and April, when you'll have the beautiful acacia and azalea blooms to enjoy.

Natural features

Cumberland Island is a jewel of the Georgian coast

A Cumberland Island vacation rental is a ticket to one of Georgia's most handsome barrier isles. It's got all the natural habitats you could expect of a stretched-out spit of land that's buffeted by the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and given over to swamps and wetlands and sweeping marshes on the other. Bird life is abundant – just look up to see falcons, plovers, egrets and ospreys. Wild horses are known to gallop over the dunes and beaches, too, imbuing the place with a romance worthy of Lord Byron at sunrise.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Cumberland Island

The nearest airport is in Brunswick, GA (BQK-Golden Isles), located 27.2 mi (43.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Jacksonville, FL (JAX-Jacksonville Intl.), which is 29.3 mi (47.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Cumberland Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 796 vacation rentals near Cumberland Island. From 172 Houses to 23 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cumberland Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Cumberland Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cumberland Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Florida: 139,015 vacation rentals
  • Amelia Island: 926 vacation rentals
  • Saint Simons Island: 1,481 vacation rentals
  • Jekyll Island: 1,450 vacation rentals
  • Fernandina Beach: 974 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Cumberland Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Cumberland Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cumberland Island:

  • Saint Simons Island: 1,481 rentals
  • Jekyll Island: 1,450 rentals
  • Fernandina Beach: 974 rentals
  • Jacksonville: 1,681 rentals
  • Sea Island: 1,442 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Cumberland Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Cumberland Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Driftwood Beach: 1,465 rentals
  • St. Simons Island Pier: 1,470 rentals
  • Jekyll Island State Park: 1,465 rentals
  • Jekyll Island Golf Club: 1,463 rentals
  • Sea Island Golf Club: 1,139 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cumberland Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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