Pristine Beaches of Georgia

Georgia’s coastline is about 100 miles from Savannah to St. Marys, but much of the coast is dotted with off-shore barrier islands. Some of these are protected areas where the Georgia beaches are isolated or inaccessible. Here you can enjoy the warm Atlantic waters and nice sandy beaches. The barrier islands also create an opportunity to explore the waterways and salt marshes by canoe or kayak and witness the natural beauty of the Georgia coast. There are also several historic lighthouses on the barrier islands that can be visited and even climbed.

Overview Map of Georgia Coast

One pristine beach area for tourists is the Golden Isles (St. Simons Island, Little St. Simons Island, Sea Island, and Jekyll Island), which are near Brunswick. Nestled among the coastline and barrier islands of Georgia, Brunswick & The Golden Isles welcome you to a truly exhilarating expanse of sea, sun and fun. There is so much to do and see here. Yet, just relaxing and taking in the beauty of these fabled shores will give you enough wonderful memories to last for years. Here you can relax along endless white sand beaches under the golden sun. Swim and sail in the Atlantic. Challenge 198 holes of golf or play on acres of tennis courts. Dine on gourmet fare. Stroll along nature trails that wind through stands of live oaks, pine, azaleas, wisteria and mysterious resurrection ferns. Fish, boat, bike and shop! You can even ride horseback on the beaches! From doing it all to doing nothing at all, the pace of discovery is yours to choose.

Beach on St. Simons Island

One of the first things you notice is the marsh. Huge expanses of marshland, punctuated by small islands, known as hammocks, define the landscape and create the appearance of continuous land between the mainland the barrier islands. The marshes and the rivers that flow through them on their way to the sea teem with all sorts of fish, birds and animals.

Brunswick is a quaint port city known as the shrimp capital of the world and home of the world-famous Brunswick Stew. The city's streets and squares are laid out in a formal grid, similar to Savannah. Old Town, a National Register District, is filled with majestic homes noted for their turn-of-the-century elegance and eclectic mix of styles. At Mary Ross Park on the waterfront, you'll see fleets of shrimp boats that work the local waters and contribute to the area's rich seafood.

Cross the Marshes of Glynn to St. Simons Island, the largest of the Golden Isles. Moss-draped oaks line the island's streets, creating an image worthy of Faulkner. The Village offers a charming selection of shops and restaurants that range from fine dining establishments to casual outdoor eateries. Young visitors will especially enjoy Neptune Park, with its mini-golf course, playground and the fishing pier. They may even see a shark or some other sea creature, landed by one of the local anglers.

Sea Island is home to The Cloister, a world-class resort renowned for its luxury and gracious service. The new Ocean Houses offer beautiful oceanfront accommodations and flexibility for accommodating groups of most any size. Top-notch amenities include a full-service spa, golf, tennis, Shooting School, horseback riding, kids programs, a private beach, fishing, waterway excursions and more. Special theme weekends throughout the year are devoted to ballroom dancing, bridge and fine wines.

Little St. Simons Island is a private island, accessible only by twice-daily boats from Hampton Point on St. Simons Island's north end. Guests enjoy a wonderful array of activities from guided nature walks with a staff naturalist to canoeing and kayaking and horseback rides.

Jekyll Island is a popular year 'round destination for families and business travelers. The island offers a wealth of amenities and activities including 63 holes of golf, tennis, beaches, 20 miles of bike paths, mini-golf, nature tours and Summer Waves Waterpark. Jekyll Island retains much of its natural beauty, which is protected by law. There are places, such as the "driftwood beach" on the island's north end and St. Andrews beach on the south end, where you can feel as though you're Robinson Crusoe on your own desert island. Also the island is home to the famous Jekyll Island Club Hotel located in the heart of the historic district.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel - A Historic Landmark

Located at the intersection of US Highway 17 and the St. Simons Island Causeway, the Visitors Center is the gateway to the Golden Isles. The pot in which Brunswick Stew reportedly was first made is on display here. A brief area presentation and a weather satellite monitor are available for viewing. Open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Area literature is available outside after hours.

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Near Savannah you can enjoy the beaches on Tybee Island. Known as "Savannah's Beach", Tybee Island has miles of beach and a rich history. There are nearby forts and museums as well as a great old lighthouse. Enjoy the many varieties of birds and other animal species. Explore the salt marshes in kayaks or enjoy a nice bike ride along the beach.

Aerial Shot of Tybee Island

Camping on the beach can be enjoyed at Cumberland Island where the beaches are secluded and serene. Cumberland, the southernmost of the Golden Isles, is reached by a passenger ferry operated by the National Park Service from St. Marys. You can call six months in advance at (912)882-4335 for camping reservations.

Cumberland Island Sand Dunes

Wild Horses on Cumberland Island

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