One of the oldest cities in America, with European visitors arriving as early as the mid 1500s, St. Marys has a long and varied history as busy port, important military destination and quiet small-town escape. A key strategic location in the War of 1812, today it sits adjacent to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and serves as a popular regional tourist destination. Homes for rent in St. Marys are part of a historic, busy riverfront community with access to some of the country's most beautiful coastal and outdoor spaces.
With access to the Cumberland Island National Seashore, as well as other nearby state and national parks, such as the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, St. Marys offers an abundance of outdoor recreation fun. Families can enjoy hiking, kayaking, bird watching, fishing, camping, swimming and more on the nearby coastline, with fun activities at their fingertips year-round. There's plenty for history and culture buffs, too, with attractions such as the St. Marys Submarine Museum, the St. Marys Film Museum and the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum, as well as numerous historical landmarks and churches. And with Jacksonville just a short drive away, more great shopping, dining and sports await in the surrounding area.