Island Hopping Destinations from Jacksonville

Ft George and Talbot Islands

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Explore Kingsley Plantation or  enjoy the beach, sandbars, and ocean swimming at Talbot Islands State Park. This is a great overnight destination from  Jacksonville. The Fort George River provides a protected anchorage nestled among the salt marshes and sand flats. This remote area of the park is only accessible by boat. Here you can bird-watch or play and swim off the extensive sandbars that appear and disappear with the tide. It is a captivating dinghy ride winding your way through the back waters and dunes of the Fort George River arriving at a beautiful flat sandy almost private ocean beach of Little Talbot Island. Here you can swim in the ocean waves as they roll over the sandbars off the island.  A possible destination on a 24 hour overnight charter.

Amelia Island

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You will want to spend some time exploring this quaint seaside village of Fernandina. Founded in 1562, the town we see today was largely built after the civil war. The tree lined streets are dotted with Victorian homes, interesting shops and many excellent restaurants. It’s easy to spent an afternoon (or 2) exploring the town and dinning out.

Fernandina Harbor Marina makes a great overnight stopover if you are on a 2 or 3 (or more) day vacation from Jacksonville.

Cumberland Island

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Cumberland Island is a National Park and Georgia’s largest barrier island. Enjoy vistas of pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches, wild horses, and wide marshes. Walk in the footsteps of early natives, explorers, and wealthy industrialists. Go ashore and explore the remains of the Carnegies’ mansion, Dungeness, or take the tour of the preserved Plum Orchard mansion.  You can sail out the St Marys inlet for a ocean trip to Jekyll Island and come back on the ICW that allows you to circumnavigate Cumberland Island.  Requires a 3 day charter from Jacksonville.

Jekyll Island

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Another 4-5 hours north of Cumberland is Jekyll Island, GA. In 1886, a group of millionaires purchased the island and converted it into the country’s most exclusive club. You can visit the Millionaires’ Village and see the beautiful restored homes formerly belonging to the Rockerfellers, Macys, Goodyears, J.P. Morgan & more. The Jekyll Harbor Marina has a waterfront cafe, pool and hot tub for a wonderful overnight stay. Borrow one of their bikes to ride the island or take our dinghy up to Jekyll Wharf for stroll through the Millionaires’ Village. Requires a 4 or 5 day charter.

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