Dungeness Beach is a tranquil and spacious white-sand beach on the southern shore of Cumberland Island – a beautiful spot for a day trip to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This is a place where you can enjoy the sea, the sun, encounter nobody for hours, and see wild horses in their natural habitat. In order to reach this secluded spot, you’ll have to travel through maritime forests, marshes, and natural dunes.
Location and Access – Detailed Instructions
Located 1.5 miles from the Dungeness ferry dock, Dungeness Beach is the second closest beach for visitors to the island.
From the ferry dock, go down along Coleman Avenue for about 3 miles, turn to Grand Avenue, follow the signs to Dungeness until you reach the ruins, then take a left and proceed to the very end of the road where a sandy road begins. Follow the beach signs. You will pass a few old buildings, including the laundry facility with the last restroom on your way to the beach.
You can take your own bike to the beach if you don’t mind dragging it over the deep sand. However, if you’re riding a rental bike, you must leave it at the rack before the beach road.
Probably, you don’t want to go all the way on the sandy road, in this case, you can diversify your stroll and add some scenic views. Walk a little bit and turn right to the very first trail you’ll see. It leads to a boardwalk with information panels. At the end of the boardwalk, you’ll find yourself in the area with sand dunes. Go ahead until you get back to the road, turn right, and continue your way until you reach another boardwalk. Through a maritime forest, it will bring you to the last little stretch of dunes on your way to the beach.
Cumberland Island receives only 300 visitors per day so you can expect to encounter a very small number of beachgoers on the slightly remote Dungeness Beach. With any luck, you can stroll, sunbathe, and swim here all alone and see no human being for hours.
Dungeness Beach is spacious, non-crowded, and extremely wide at low tide. The sand is white and soft, the water is clean and usually calm. However, there are no lifeguard stations so swimming is at your own risk.
You can walk for miles along the serene seashore. In order not to get lost or trespass private property, follow the black-and-white posts marking the proper paths across the dunes.
Driving Time (till Cumberland Island Visitors Center)
You can drive to Cumberland Island Visitors Center and leave your car on the nearby parking lot. Then take a 45-minutes ferry ride to the island. The distance between the ferry station on Cumberland Island and the beach makes up about 1 mile (20 minutes on foot).
- 45 minutes from Jacksonville, FL
- 50 minutes from Brunswick, GA
- 2 hours 30 minutes from Valdosta, GA
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Dungeness Beach which you can visit: