Georgia January 15, 2018
The Tiny Beach Town In Georgia You’ve Never Heard Of But Need To Visit
We’re lucky enough to live in a state that has a slice of geography smack dab on the Atlantic Ocean. Not every state in the country is lucky enough to be right on the ocean, or even on surrounded by great bodies of water such as the Altamaha River. It’s important to highlight the tiny towns along the coast that are the bread and butter of what makes Georgia’s coastline so special. This tiny beach town, for instance, you may have never heard of—but after learning all about it, a visit may be in order.
Darien, Georgia is a hidden gem in the heart of McIntosh County, just 50 miles south of Savannah.
With a population of under 2,000 residents, this tiny waterfront town tends to fall under the radar in comparison to places such as St. Mary’s or Brunswick.
However, there's tons to do in Darien, Georgia, if you just give it a chance.
The history behind this great town is nothing short of spectacular—as the second oldest planned city in Georgia, it was originally called New Inverness.
The British built the famed Fort King Georgia in 1721 near what eventually would become Darien, and visitors are still able to peruse the spot that was the southernmost outpost for British troops in North America.
Take a drive past Butter Island Plantation, which is a historic spot in town. It was once a former rice plantation fit with a steam-powered rice mill built in the 1850s that guests can still see today.
We also recommend stopping by the Darien-McIntosh Visitor Information Center to have your picture taken with Altie, the famed monster that has been rumored to live along the shores of the town in the nearby river.
But it’s also the food in Darien, Georgia that deserves your attention, too.
Visit restaurants such as Old School Diner, which features an eclectic mix of Southern-Style food in a most unconventional atmosphere,...
...or Skipper’s Fish Camp—right on the water and offering the freshest, most flavorful seafood around.
If you want some snacks or librations along your exploration, visit Turnip Greens, the local county market which serves the residents of Darien daily.
Sometimes all you need to do is wander around town the way the locals would and get a feel for what true Darien, Georgia is really like.
This tiny beach town will not disappoint, no matter the time of year you visit.
Have you ever been to Darien, Georgia? Share with us your experience! Otherwise, if you’re looking to learn a little bit more about Altie, Darien’s own Loch Ness monster, check out
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