Located on the easternmost fringes of the Florida-Georgia line, the community of Historic Downtown St. Marys is perhaps best-known as the launching point for those visiting Cumberland Island, the largest of Georgia’s idyllic seaside isles. Though Cumberland’s sprawling sandy beaches and centuries-old ruins are truly a sight to behold, St. Marys is fully capable of holding its own as a fascinating but quaint tourist destination packed full of historic landmarks, museums, and drinking and dining venues.
When it comes to recreation, locals take a leisurely stroll or ride their golf carts along the St. Marys Waterfront, a charming promenade complete with a gazebo offering a spectacular view of the river. This charming community is home to markets, fine dining and night life that are all within walking distance from the historic-lined homes.
St. Marys area was first explored in the mid 16th century as part of the settlement of Spanish Florida, with nearby St. Augustine as the established capital. Settlement for Georgians became legal after the Treaty of Paris in 1763. Museums and historical landmarks pay tribute to this historic, waterfront community.