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A Guide to Georgia's Coast

Plan a getaway to experience Georgia's unique beach communities.

  • Tybee Island

The "best beach" title may depend on individual taste, but whether you seek history, nature, nightlife or just to be left alone, Georgia has a beach for you.

The coast of Georgia is roughly 110 miles and includes 15 barrier islands, four of which (Jekyll, St. Simons, Sea and Tybee) are accessible by car and have become popular resort destinations. The rest of Georgia's islands require transportation by boat and are virtually unspoiled natural escapes.

Georgia's Major Islands

Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island was once a winter retreat for America’s richest families, including the Rockefellers, Pulitzers and Vanderbilts. Now a playground for seaside lovers everywhere, Jekyll Island offers a variety of activities ranging from environmental education to plain old-fashioned beach fun.

St. Simons Island

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island charms visitors into staying. The island is home to more permanent residents than any other barrier island in Georgia. The combination of guests and residents means there’s a wide variety of shopping, dining and activities available.

Sea Island

The Cloister at Sea Island

For many families, Sea Island has been a mutigenerational destination for decades. This resort caters to families, couples and groups, making each think the resort was made specifically for them.

  • Where to Stay on Sea Island: The Cloister at Sea Island is a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Resort with rooms, suites and private cottages. Rooms are large, with a minimum of 700 square feet vs. 400–450 square feet for a typical Five-Star hotel.
     
  • What to Do on Sea Island: Activities abound, but the best part of a stay at the Cloister is the Beach Club with its three pools, soda fountain, playground and private beach, all within a few hundred feet.
     
  • Where to Eat on Sea Island: Sea Island has seven unique dining venues, ranging from upscale cuisine to beachfront snacks (be sure to ask about the pickles). Even adults love the Gold Brick Sundae from Wonderland, the Sea Island sweet shop. For unique dining, visit the kitchen at the Georgian Room for the Chef’s Table Experience.

Tybee Island

Tybee Island Lighthouse. Photo by Darryl Brooks.

On Georgia’s northern coast, Tybee Island is a laid-back beach destination just 20 minutes outside Savannah.

More Island Adventures

Little St. Simons Island

Eagle Island: One of the Private Islands of Georgia: At Eagle Island, you’ll trade in the car for a boat and cruise the waterways, with pit stops for shelling, birding or whatever you’d like.

Lodge on Little St. Simons. Photo by Lesli Peterson

Little St. Simons Island: The all-inclusive, eco-friendly Lodge on Little St. Simons Island is the perfect getaway for nature lovers.

Cumberland Island photo by Brinson McGowan, @brinsonmcgowan IG

Cumberland Island: Once the island retreat for the Carnegies, this largely undeveloped island is only accessible by ferry from St. Marys. Plan a luxurious stay at the Greyfield Inn, a day-trip to explore the Dungeness Ruins or a Cumberland Island National Seashore Camping trip for the ultimate Georgia beach adventure.

Glamp camp on Little Raccoon Key, Georgia

Little Raccoon Key: Part of the Golden Isles of Georgia, this unspoiled reef island off the coast of Jekyll Island is perfect for those looking for a remote getaway. Rent your own private island and stay overnight in a solar-powered luxury canvas tent, or book a guided tour to spend a day exploring the ancient oyster reef.

St. Catherine's Island in Midway, Georgia

St. Catherine's Island, Midway: Relax among the driftwood on the beach of this untouched island in Liberty County. The private hideaway in the middle of Georgia's pristine salt marshes can only be reached by boat.

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