How much I like a place seems to be directly proportionate to how warm the weather is and how often I get off the boat. By that criteria, St. Marys, Georgia is hands-down my favorite port so far.
Not only was the weather warm enough for me to run outside in shorts and a t-shirt, but the town of St. Marys itself was charming and understatedly beautiful. Though tiny and not at all a built-up tourist resort, St. Marys boasts quality food, a picturesque harbor with pelicans and sea otters, a few good museums, a waterfront snack shop with friendly clerks who are basically tourist information, an adorably sleepy main street, and stately trees dripping in Spanish moss.
But, really, above all, it’s the overwhelming hospitality of the people in St. Marys that makes you want to stay just a little bit longer.