One with Nature

Sapelo Island offers guests an ideal chance to stop and smell the ocean-modern frills not included.

Ferry Tale

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Ferry Tale

The Sapelo Queen carries visitors to and from the island, serving as backup for the primary ferry, the Anne Marie.

Under the Boardwalk

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Under the Boardwalk

A boardwalk bridges the dunes at Nannygoat Beach.

Castaway

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Castaway

Visitors walk beaches virtually unaltered since the Guale Indians roamed centuries ago. Almost nothing breaks the solitude except seabirds, the occasional washed-up horseshoe crab, and dolphins playing in the surf.

Enduring Estates

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Enduring Estates

Ruins from 19th-century plantations still stand on Sapelo. The primary building material was tabby, a cement mixture that included oyster shells.

Vibrant View

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Vibrant View

A moody mist turns a salt-marsh landscape into an Impressionist painting.

Fading Fast

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Fading Fast

Sunset lends an air of intrigue to the salt marshes that spread along the edges of the island.

Organic Tint

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Organic Tint

The island contains no golf courses, no resorts, and no spas. "You can't come to Sapelo for all the luxuries they have other places," says Nancy Banks, who runs The Weekender lodge along with her husband, Ceaser. "You come here to be one with nature."

Caught!

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Caught!

White-tailed deer wander the island.

Bright Spot

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Bright Spot

The Sapelo Island Light shines again after almost a century of darkness. A storm damaged the 1820-vintage tower in 1898, and it wasn't relit until 1998. The light is now open for tours.

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