Destination guide

Gaelic ghosts in historic Darien

Little Darien, surrounded by the winding courses of the Altamaha River, is a place steeped in history. Its story goes all the way back to the days of English colonization on the Eastern Seaboard, when Gaelic soldiers from Scotland were posted here to establish a fortification to hold back Spanish interests in the region. You can still come face-to-face with the crumbling remains of old warehouses from the 1800s, and see the timber keeps of Fort King George. Darien vacation rentals are also your ticket to pretty Sapelo Island, a land of beaches, wetlands, and elegant ancestral homes.

Activities

History on the riverways of Darien

History is the main drawcard of Darien. It's packed with awesome heritage sites and listed National Historic Districts. Loads of locals offer guided tours of the lichen-spotted colonial fortresses, the remains of the downtown depots, and the crumbling sugar mills over on Sapelo Island – each reveal something about another epoch in the town's long past. And once all that's done, you can hit the Altamaha River on kayaks, go fishing in the nearby reserves, cycle your way along the creeks, or do eco excursions through the flooded forests that pepper the coast.

Weather

See Georgia in bloom in Darien

Subtropical Georgia and this whole section of the Eastern Seaboard can get pretty darn hot during the summer months from June to August, which is great news if you're seeking out Darien vacation rentals to hit the resorts of Sea Island or walk the inlets of Sapelo Island. If you'd prefer to dodge the high humidity, March to May could just be the perfect choice. You'll find the countryside in full bloom then, and you're likely to get fewer people crowding up the colonial forts.

Natural features

Darien offers coastline and rivers galore

Darien is surrounded on three sides with protected reserves. In fact, some Darien vacation rentals will put you within walking distance of the wetlands and tupelo swamps of the Altamaha Wildlife Management Area, which spreads over nearly 30,000 acres of land just a stone's throw from the historic center, packed with creeks and babbling streams aplenty. Another park exists just to the east, sprawling out along the Atlantic coast with the Sapelo Island Wildlife Management Area. There, you'll find sandy dunes, beaches, birding outposts, and campgrounds.

Transport

Transportation to and around Darien

Fly into Brunswick, GA (BQK-Golden Isles), the closest airport, located 9.8 mi (15.8 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Darien?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,343 vacation rentals near Darien. From 663 Houses to 95 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Darien for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Darien?

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

  • Ashantilly Center: 1,142 vacation rentals
  • Waterfront Park: 1,179 vacation rentals
  • Fort King George Historic Site: 1,193 vacation rentals
  • Darien Outlet Center: 1,142 vacation rentals
  • Old Jail Museum: 1,172 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Darien listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Darien?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 663 Houses in Darien. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Darien include:

  • Cottages: 95 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 95 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 426 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Darien?

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