As the early morning sun clears the marine mist, your paddle cuts the water as your paddleboard slowly glides forward. From the expanse of mirror-like water, you see the thick green tangle of ancient live oaks peeking above the rolling sand dunes. You pause a moment, hoping to catching a glimpse of the wild horses known to wander the Cumberland Island National Seashore in St. Marys, Georgia. What is it about these particular herds of majestic beasts that capture the fascination of so many? Is it their freedom? The nonchalant grazing with which they greet their adoring beachcomber fans? Whatever their allure, take your cue from the wild horses and let your meanderings take an untamed path with your own equine-observing stay at St. Marys hotels.
In the early morning, you rise from your bed in one of the hotels in St. Marys to greet the day aboard a red and white ferry. As your sleep wears off, you take some action shots of river dolphins playing in the wake of the boat. Upon arrival, you put on your walking shoes to wander under the mossy tunnels of the island’s trails or stroll along its miles of undeveloped white sand beaches. Returning to town, get one of St. Marys rental cars and head underwater at the St. Marys Submarine Museum. From your post in the interactive control center, explore the child-like delight of playing Captain Nemo as you adjust the nickeled periscope. Reemerge from your imaginary dive to browse the extensive collection of submarine photos representing over a century of submersible innovations and history. Regaining your land legs, you take a detour through the lush botanicals of the Oak Grove cemetery to contemplate the serene stillness among the rows of St. Marys ancestors. You pick your way along the paths make out the etchings marking the passage of the first settlers in the area on the Acadian tombstones.
Rejoin the present-day St. Marys and pop into the chattering of one of the pubs lining the town streets. Free up your pockets for a few rounds by combining your Travelocity bookings on activities and hotels near St. Marys or nearby Jacksonville hotels. No plans. No schedule. Just the present moment and wherever it may lead you.