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This section of the Georgia Tourist Guide will introduce you to the coast of Georgia. Probably no 100-mile-stretch of coastline has as much variety to offer as the coast of Georgia. You can stay at exotic resorts, walk on unspoiled, pristine beaches, stroll along colonial, cobblestone streets, kayak through tranquil marshes, enjoy fresh seafood delicacies, re-live early American and Civil War history, or canoe through one of America’s great ecosystems and natural wonders, the Okefenokee Swamp. You need the Georgia Coast Tourist Guide to help you plan the perfect and unforgettable coastal Georgia experience.
Georgia Coast Travel Association
Address: 1825 Glynn Avenue Box 42, Brunswick GA 31520
Phone: (912) 635-2698
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Our tour of the Coast will begin in the Savannah, “Georgia’s First City”. Established in 1733, Savannah is the country’s first planned city and 21 of the original 24 city squares still thrive today beneath the oak-lined streets. Enjoy a walking tour, hop on a trolley, or enjoy a carriage ride through this charming and romantic city. Enjoy the exceptional shops, museums and art galleries. Take an evening ghost tour. The St. Patrick’s Day celebration is Savannah is an enormous celebration, but be ready to eat green grits and drink green beer. Use the Georgia Coast Tourist Guide to identify the shops, restaurants and attractions that wish to visit and then click “Flag This” to add them to your “Travel Ideas” list. From Savannah take the short ride over to Tybee Island, which boasts five miles of beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches.
Along Georgia’s coast there are abundant opportunities to explore nature in its purest form – serene and unspoiled. View over 300 species of birds along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail at 18 different sites, including shorelines, salt marshes, old rice fields, woodlands, tidal rivers and wetlands. Experience a pristine environment and nature at its finest on the Cumberland Island National Seashore, which has limited allowable visitors and is accessible only by ferry from St. Marys. All along Georgia’s Coast you will find ample opportunities for kayaking or canoeing through the salt marsh creeks that are teeming with wildlife and spectacular scenery.
Fort Pulaski: Courtesy of Georgia Dept. of Economic Development
Colonial military, and Civil War history comes alive at sites throughout the region. There are seven forts in the region that you can visit that helped defend Georgia’s coast from pre-revolutionary times through World War II. The Mighty 8th Air Force Museum in Pooler has 15 exhibits honoring this group who helped defeat German Nazism. There are many coastal golf courses to choose from and you can find these by exploring the “Golf” option of the Georgia Coast Tourist Guide.
At the southern end of the coast lies the city of Brunswick and the Golden Isles
, St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island
. This area has it all! Fantastic beaches, historical sites, beautiful scenery, fabulous shopping, exquisite restaurants, and nature and cultural experiences! On Sea Island you can stay at one of the top resorts in the world, the Cloister, known for its impeccable and gracious service as well as its superior accommodations. Old Town Brunswick boasts of a rich history and excellent dining and shopping. On Jekyll Island the kids can have fun at the Summer Waves Water Park.
At the very southeast corner of Georgia is the beautiful and quaint coastal village of St. Marys and “America’s Most Beautiful Wilderness Beach” – Cumberland Island.
Aerial View of St. Marys
Cumberland Island Sand Dunes:Courtesy of Georgia Dept. of Economic Development
Just a short distance inland is the Okefenokee Swamp, a 438,000-acre swamp teeming with wildlife and a unique, vital ecosystem. You can take a guided boat tour or rent a boat or use your own canoe. If you’d like to read more about the activities, lodging, restaurants, attractions, etc., along the Georgia Coast, please click Georgia Coast Tourist Guide