McIntosh County is located halfway between Savannah, Georgia, to the north, and Jacksonville, Florida, to the South. The area attracts tourists wishing to go on boat tours, deep sea fishing, or fishing right off the docks. Visitors also swim in the ocean surrounding Sapelo island; go bird and nature watching, or bike along miles of trails. A favorite spot for photographs is the bridge that enters into the City of Darien. There, photographers get shots of the sun setting right down on the water or shrimp boats coming in from a day out at sea.
In the first half of the twentieth century McIntosh County became a leading producer of seafood, especially oysters, shrimp, and crabs. By 1960 McIntosh had one of the largest shrimp-boat fleets on the south Atlantic coast, although the county's population was then only 6,364 residents. Today, thousands of visitors are drawn to the "Blessing of the Fleet," a spring festival held in the City of Darien to honor the fishermen of the shrimping industry that dominates the economy.