Get ready to dig your toes in the sand: From white strands to secret coves, we've found the ultimate spots by the shore, plus fabulous lodging so you can stay as long as you like.
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Cumberland Island, Georgia
Part of an 18-mile stretch of sand on the island's Atlantic side, Sea Camp Beach is wide and wild, strewn with driftwood and a gazillion shells and backed by sea grass and rolling dunes. Roam the beach in search of wild horses, sea turtles, manatees, and prehistoric-looking horseshoe crabs. Collect shark's teeth and shells from the soft gray sand, and sleep under the stars in one of Sea Camp's tents on the beach.
Hotel Recommendation: Stay at the Greyfield Inn.