Historic Amelia & Secluded Cumberland: Island Adventures in the South
Learn the story of Fernandina Beach — the only US municipality to have flown eight different flags — and explore the ecosystems of Cumberland Island during a rare two-night overnight.
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Program No. 1379RJ
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5B 4L 4D
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida
Amelia Island, Fort Clinch, Folk Performance
Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida
River Cruise, Brett's Waterway, Cumberland Island History
Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida
Program Concludes
Cumberland Island, GA
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At a Glance

Discover two Southern islands close in proximity but a world apart in character, including a rare two-night overnight on remote Cumberland Island. Begin on Florida’s historic Amelia Island in the Victorian seaport village of Fernandina Beach while you learn about the island as a historical crossroads for native peoples, European explorers and lawless pirates. Then board a ferry to secluded Cumberland Island, Georgia, a National Seashore restricted to no more than 300 visitors per day. Discover 9,800 acres of protected dune fields, forests, marshes and beaches home to wild turtles, turkeys, horses and armadillos. Hear an expert naturalist interpret the island’s sensitive ecosystem and enjoy a special privilege: two nights’ lodgings at the historic Greyfield Inn.
Activity Level
Walking up to two miles daily on paths, sand dunes and beaches.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover the rich history and culture of Amelia Island at Fort Clinch and the Victorian Village of Fernandina.
  • On the backwaters of Amelia Island, glide along rivers, creeks and marshes during a study cruise in search of dolphins and manatees and learn about island ecology from a naturalist.
  • Spend two nights at the Greyfield Inn, owned by the Carnegie family and the only historic inn on Cumberland.
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Kevin McCarthy
Kevin grew up in Gloucester, Mass. and settled in Fernandina Beach in 1968. He spent 41 years sailing the waters of northeast Fla. and southeast Georgia. He holds a 100 ton master’s license and developed his knowledge of the wildlife and history exploring the waters that surround Amelia Island, Cumberland Island and St. Mary's, Ga. Generations of Kevin’s family have been shrimpers, and he shares with participants his knowledge of shrimp farming and the future of the shrimp industry in the U.S.
Kevin McCarthy
Lynn Wadley
Ron Kurtz
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