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A journey along Georgia’s eastern coast is equal parts history and nature. Several barrier islands have been saved from overdevelopment, rewarding visitors with rugged landscapes dotted by centuries-old landmarks.
This itinerary takes you to seven of the prettiest islands as well as waterfront cities you shouldn’t miss: Savannah, of course, and smaller towns such as Darien and St. Marys. While a few of the isles are accessible by car, more remote shores require a boat ride — always worth the extra effort for what waits on the other side.

Another hour south on I-95 leads you to St. Marys, one of Georgia’s oldest towns, dating to 1787. Take the St. Marys History Walk to read all about it, detailed on 24 plaques along a short path downtown. Stroll over to the waterfront park to relax on the swing and take in a colorful sunset.

Where to stay: Try the newly remodeled Riverview Hotel, built in 1916, and settle into one of its 18 rooms with period furniture. For dinner, grab drinks and small plates (ceviche, bacon-wrapped scallops) on the patio at the hotel’s Seagle’s Saloon. Come morning, you’re right by the ferry for your next adventure.
Cumberland Island is a pristine national seashore accessible only by boat. The southernmost and largest of Georgia’s barrier islands, it’s arguably the most beautiful, with its wild horses, sea oats framing deserted beaches and wide open spaces unmarred by high-rises.

Plan to bring all the necessities with you: bug spray, extra water, food and sunscreen. Before leaving St. Marys, pick up a sack lunch at Market on the Square, an old-timey general store conveniently across from the ferry, but it’s a good idea to eat a hearty breakfast, too. Cedar Oak Café fits the bill with generous platters of eggs, meat, cheese and veggies in any combination you like.

The ferry departs at 9 a.m. for its 45-minute ride to Cumberland. Day-trippers get off at the first stop for Dungeness, the ruins of a Carnegie mansion slowly being reclaimed by nature. On foot, you’ll only have time to explore this southern end of the island. Take the Dungeness Trail to a 19th-century graveyard and scenic overlook of the salt marsh. Then follow a boardwalk through the dunes to the beach and a picnic in perfect seclusion.

Your ferry will have you back in St. Marys by 5:30 p.m. for a quiet dinner at Seagle’s or a head start on the return journey home.

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BANKRATE.COM beat out Florida (#2) as the #1 state in the country to retire to!  Listed below are a few of the reasons for the #1 spot.
  • Affordability
  • Light tax burden
  • Low cost of living
  • Weather (average annual temperature of 64 degrees)
  • Earthquakes are rare
  • Tornadoes risk is average
  • Hurricanes can hit Coastal Georgia, however, Cumberland Harbour in St Marys has Cumberland Island as our barrier island to protect and buffer bad storms.
  • Not in Bankrate — GA has mountains, cities and beaches as well as great farms that sell delicious fruits, vegetables and organic meats.
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Who doesn’t love tacos?  We all do!  And who doesn’t love a quick and easy meal with only five (5) ingredients?  Dust off that crock pot, add those ingredients and have a meal by the time you come home from work or a day at the beach!  Easiest recipe and its delicious!

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos

These Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos are so delicious and simple to make! A five ingredient dump-and-go meal that takes minutes to prepare and cooks all day in the slow cooker!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 5 minutes
Servings8 servings
AuthorAshlyn Edwards | Belle of the Kitchen


  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix (I use low sodium)
  • 1 16 oz jar salsa (use your favorite; I used a local Texas brand)
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • juice from two limes


  • Place chicken breasts in the bottom of your slow cooker. Sprinkle taco seasoning over the top, then cover with salsa, lime juice, and cilantro.
  • Place lid on top and cook for four hours on high, or 6-7 hours on low. Remove chicken from crockpot to a separate bowl and shred with two forks. Moisten chicken with small amounts of juice left over from the crockpot until you get the amount of moisture that you like. I used about 1/2 – 3/4 cup juice.
  • Serve with taco shells or tortillas, adding on your favorite toppings. I like to use shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced avocado, cheese, sour cream, and even a drizzle of ranch dressing. Enjoy!


  • How to make Cilantro Lime Chicken in the Instant Pot: On super busy nights, or when I forget to put everything in the crockpot in time, I like to make this in the Instant Pot. Add 1/2 a cup of chicken broth or water to the bottom of your Instant Pot, then add the rest of the ingredients on top. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes, then allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes. Release any remaining pressure, remove the lid, and shred chicken as directed.
  • Using chicken thighs: Chicken thighs work great in place of chicken thighs. All instructions and cook times remain the same for thighs.
  • Using frozen chicken: You can use frozen chicken in either the crockpot or Instant Pot version.  You might need to increase the cook time by about 1-2 hours in the slow cooker. For the Instant Pot, cook on high pressure for 20 minutes with a 10 minute natural release before releasing any remaining pressure.
  • Gluten Free:  This recipe is gluten free, just make sure you choose a gluten-free taco seasoning. Many of the kinds that you can buy at the store are gluten-free, just double check the labels. You can also make a this homemade taco seasoning.
  • Freezing leftovers: I like to make a big batch and freeze leftovers. Once your chicken is cooled, add small servings to individual ziplock bags and squeeze out the air. Lay flat and place in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight then reheat on the stove over low heat, or in the microwave.
  • Serving Suggestions: You can serve with hard or soft taco shells, and sprinkle on all of your favorite toppings! Pico, guacamole, cilantro, sour cream, and cheese are some of our favorites. You can also serve over rice to make cilantro lime chicken burrito bowls, or over mixed salad greens for a cilantro lime chicken salad!


Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 817mg | Potassium: 589mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 685IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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St. Marys, GA 31558
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