19 Beautiful Georgia Beaches You Need to See (2023)

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When planning your next beach vacation, Georgia may not top your list at first. But I invite you to reconsider. Don’t miss out on Georgia’s beautiful coastline and barrier islands!

I’ve lived in Georgia for over 20 years. Here is a comprehensive list of the best Georgia beaches to visit and explore!

Entrance to St. Simons Island Pier

Georgia Beaches: My Favorites

My favorite beaches in Georgia are located at St. Simons Island. It’s family-friendly, a small beach town, and has 4 lovely beaches to choose from. Also, it’s near Savannah!

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 Stars on Google

Overview of Best Beaches in Georgia to Visit

The Peach State has 110 miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean with some amazing beachfront areas!

Georgia’s 15 barrier islands provide warm waters, sandy beaches, and lots of variety for vacationers!

Let’s start our journey 70 miles south of Savannah at Brunswick, Georgia.

Brunswick is known as “the Gateway to the Golden Isles” because you’ll be able to access four of Georgia’s largest and most beautiful barrier islands here.

These isles known for their golden beaches and sunny vacations.

The Golden Isles include St. Simons, Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island, and Sea Island. The city of Brunswick itself is known for its tourism and Brunswick Port.

This coastal city has a rich history and many buildings from the 1700 -1800s can be found and toured in the Brunswick Old Town Historic District.

Some other things to do in Brunswick include visiting the:

  • Historic Ritz Theatre
  • Mary Ross Waterfront Park and Brunswick Landing Marina
  • Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association

Now that you’ve gotten an overview of the Golden Isles, let’s talk a little more about their beautiful marshland, pristine golden beaches, luxury resorts, and fun vacation activities!

Here are the most popular Georgia beaches in the Golden Isles.

Beaches on St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island is a family-friendly beach town and is one of my favorite places to vacation! It is the largest Golden Isle and is right between Jacksonville, FL and Savannah, GA,

Downtown. In addition to the miles of beaches and the coastal beauty, St. Simons has a charming downtown on the south side of the island.

Known as the Pier Village District, St. Simons’ downtown hub is known for its ice cream shops and amazing restaurants.

Here’s a little more about the four beaches at St. Simons.

1. Massengale Park (St. Simons Island)

Massengale Park is the best spot on St. Simons to enjoy a picnic with family and friends! It’s also a very dog-friendly beach area.

Stroll the St. Simmons Island Pier and enjoy the shops and restaurants.

Massengale Park is located along Ocean Blvd closet to the historic King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.

At the park you’ll find:

  • perfectly-shaded picnic tables
  • four grills
  • a children’s playground
  • clean public restrooms

Location: 1350 Ocean Blvd, St Simons Island, GA 31522

Google Reviews: 4.7 Stars / 1,710+

2. Coast Guard Station (St. Simons Island)

This one is named after the historic coast guard station at the entrance. Coast Guard Station is also called “First Street Beach Access.”

You’ll find lots parking here and a boathouse that offers:

  • a concession stand that offers treats during the summer
  • Showers
  • public restrooms
  • picnic tables
  • bike racks
  • water hoses

Location: First Street, St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Google Reviews: 4.7 Stars / 500+ Reviews

3. East Beach (St. Simons Island)

St. Simons beach view

East Beach is a treasure of St. Simons! At this public beach, you’ll find golden sand and warm waters.

It’s also a great place to ride your bike or run with your dog. And right by East Beach is the World War II Home Front Museum to explore with your family history buffs!

Location: 4202 1st St, St Simons Island, GA 31522

Google Reviews: 4.7 Stars / 1,570+ Reviews

4. Goulds Inlet (St. Simons Island)

Gould’s Inlet is the perfect place for bird watching and paddle boarding!

It’s located at the end of Bruce Drive, between St. Simons East Beach and the south tip of Sea Island.

This one is more secluded than the other beaches. Just remember that parking is rather limited here.

Location: 4309 16th St, St Simons Island, GA 31522

Google Reviews: 4.3 Stars / 40+

For a full list and map of places to access the beaches on St. Simons, you can find those here on Glynn County’s website

Beaches on Jekyll Island, GA

Jekyll Island is the perfect Georgia beach for a return to nature through quiet, coastal getaway.

There ten miles of beautiful beaches and is 5,500-acres.

Jekyll Island’s Interesting History

Jekyll Island was named after one of Governor William Oglethorpe’s friends, Joseph Jekyll, in the early 1700s. Eventually, the island became known as a resort island for the world’s wealthiest families like the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Goulds, Goodyears, and Morgans.

You can visit  Jekyll Island National Historic Landmark District to learn more.

5. Driftwood Beach

Jekyll has some breathtaking beaches. One of the most popular beaches on Jekyll is Driftwood Beach.

Named after the driftwood that washes on the shores, this is an excellent location for photographs of local wildlife and broad stretches of the Atlantic coast.

If you’re interested in camping, there’s also an 18-acre campground on Jekyll Island!

Location: Parking Lot at N Loop Trail, Jekyll Island, GA 31527

Google Reviews: 4.8 Stars / 3,380+

6. St. Andrews Beach

St. Andrews Beach is located on the southernmost part of Jekyll Island.

Folks come from all over to watch dolphins and great bird migrations here! There’s also a lovely picnic area and park to enjoy along with the beach.

Location: 100 Andrews Street, Jekyll Island, GA 31527

Google Reviews: 4.8 Stars / 410+

7. Great Dunes Park

Great Dunes Park is a great pick for family-friendly activities! You’ll find mini-golf and a nearby playground for kids.

Other amenities you’ll find are:

  • Great Dunes Pavilion
  • bike racks
  • clean public restrooms
  • South Dunes picnic area

Location: Ocean View Trail, Jekyll Island, GA 31527 

Google Reviews: 4.7 Stars / 460+

8. Oceanview Beach Park

Oceanview Beach Park is the perfect, relaxed spot to take your kids!

There is hard-packed sand, so it’s easier to roll wagons and strollers along the shoreline.

In addition to calm waters, there are:

  • picnic shelters
  • clean boardwalks
  • clean restrooms and outdoor showers
  • handicap accessibility
  • bike racks
  • lots of parking (100+ spaces)

Location: 549 Beachview Dr N, Jekyll Island, GA 31527

Google Reviews: 4.7 Stars / 240+

Golden Isles’ Private Islands and Private Beach Resorts

Little St. Simons and Sea Island are private resort islands! These are the perfect beach vacations for those who want a luxurious getaway!

9. Little St. Simons Island Beach

Little St. Simons Island is a privately owned beach resort. It is only accessible by boat from the north end St. Simons Island.

Private Resort. As the smallest of the Golden Isles, you’ll find The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island that has some charming cottages. As such, Little St. Simons is a great location for special events and large gatherings.

Also, because of its seclusion, it’s a great place for nature lovers. The wildlife is abundant due to the recent conservation efforts to have an uninhabited nature preserve on the island.

Some other ways to spend the day include:

  • Guided nature walk tours
  • Fishing or birding
  • Bicycling

Location: 1000 Hampton River Club Marina Dr, St Simons Island, GA 31522

Google Reviews: 4.8 Stars / 50+

10. Sea Island Beach

Sea Island, GA is a privately owned beach resort. Here, you’ll find a luxury, five-star resort town with two main places to stay:

  • Cloister on Sea Island 
  • The Lodge at Sea Island.

Beaches. Sea Island has five-miles of private beaches and 50 acres of marshes, rivers and seaside views.

You and the family canenjoy the beauty of the Georgia coast and have all the extravagant amenities provided by the resort.

A stay at this resort will give you access to amenities like:

  • A championship golf course
  • Five-star eats
  • Sailing, kayaking, and fishing
  • Boutique shopping

Location: 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA 31561

Google Reviews: 4.8 Stars / 1,020+

Tybee and Little Tybee Island, GA (Savannah Area Barrier Islands)

Tybee Beaches Collage Image

Tybee Island is about a 20-minute drive from Savannah’s historic downtown and is known as “Savannah’s Beach.”

Tybee is the main public beach in the greater Savannah area and is famous for the iconic Tybee Island lighthouse and the Tybee Pier & Pavilion!

If you’re interested in exploring Savannah, here are just a few of the many things to check out:

11. South Beach on Tybee Island

South Beach is Tybee Island’s most popular beach! You’ll find both Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion at this spot.

Tybee’s South Beach is a commercial hot-spot, with lots of restaurants and shops to checkout as well. You’ll also find sand volleyball courts and lots of watersport activities.

Location: Tybrisa St, Tybee Island, GA 31328

Google Reviews: 4.6 Stars / 14,640+

12. Mid Beach at Tybee Island

Mid Beach has a much more residential feel. And it’s the perfect spot to rent out a beach home, as houses line the shores of Mid Beach.

It’s the perfect spot to relax, walk, and go shelling!

Location: Tybee Island, GA 31328

Google Reviews: 4.6 Stars / 830+

13. North Beach at Tybee Island

If you want to go observe birds and experience nature, North Beach is the place to be!

North Beach is also right next to the Tybee Lighthouse and Museum and Visitor’s Center.

Be aware that it can get crowded, especially during peak months.

Location: Railwood Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328

Google Reviews: 4.8 Stars / 1,460+

14. Little Tybee Island

Little Tybee Island is directly south of Tybee Island and is actually twice its size!

This uninhabited nature preserve is the perfect spot for anyone wanting a quiet retreat. Remember that this spot is only accessible by boat.

To get there, visitors can hire a charter boat like Tybee Island Charters or go kayaking. I

f you’re feeling particularly adventurous, maybe go camping under the stars and then explore the island’s lush forests, untouched beaches, and sparkling blue waters.

Location: Little Tybee Island, GA

Google Reviews: 4.1 Stars / 10+ Reviews

Georgia State Parks and Nature Centers with Fun Beaches

In addition to the bustling beach towns and resorts listed above, Georgia also has some beautiful beaches at our state parks and nature centers.

15. Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge

Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge is on barrier island just south of Little Tybee Island, separated by the ocean bay known as Wassaw Sound.

Wassaw Island is a hidden gem in Georgia for outdoor recreational activities, wildlife viewing, and general education. (Map of the refuge here.)

  1. Beachcombing: With about 10 miles of undeveloped beach, explore the beaches for driftwood, shells, and other treasures.
  2. Hiking: Choose from several trails that wind through a variety of ecosystems like the salt marshes, beaches, and maritime forests.
  3. Wildlife viewing: Observe alligators, white-tailed deer, loggerhead sea turtles, and many species of birds. Bird watching is especially good during Spring and Fall migrations.
  4. Fishing at select locations (fishing license required. Contact park for details)

Location: Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge

Google Reviews: 4.8 Stars / 120+

16. Ossabaw Island State Heritage Preserve (*application to visit required)

Travel south from Wasaw Island, across the Little Ogechee River estuary, and you’ll arrive at Ossabaw Island.

At 26,000 acres, Ossabaw is Georgia’s third largest barrier island.

Since it is a designated heritage preserved manged by the Department of Natural Resources, you’ll need to get approval to visit the island.

To visit, you’ll need to send a request application to the Ossabaw Island Foundation on their website and have a TOIF or DNR representative accompany you.

While at the island, you can explore and view:

  • the diverse ecosystem: freshwater & brackish wetlands, salt marshes, live oak forests, meadows, and beaches and dunes
  • the historic buildings from the 1800s
  • the wildlife: free range donkeys, Ossabaw wild pigs, and sea turtles

Location: Ossabaw Island State Heritage Preserve

Google Reviews: 5 Stars / 5+

17. Nanny Goat Beach at Sapelo Island

Sapelo Island is a barrier also managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

It’s accessible only by ferry ride. And there is a lot to learn about here, given the island’s rich history. There are still roughly 70 full-time residents on Sapelo, who are members of the Gullah Geechee community.

Some sites to see include:

  • R.J. Reynolds Mansion – provides overnight accommodations and provides a public beach campground
  • Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Location: Sapelo Island Visitors Center, 1766 Landing Rd, Darien, GA 31305 / Nanny Goat Beach

Google Reviews: 4.3 Stars / 20+

18. Cumberland Island

Only accessible via boat, Cumberland Island is also the largest barrier island off Georgia’s coastline with 9,800 acres of wilderness.

At Cumberland, you’ll find miles of salt marshes, unspoiled coastline, and sand dunes. You can learn about the island’s history by visiting sites like the Dungeness ruins pictured above. Plus, you can observe the wild horses that roam on the island!


Google Reviews: 4.7 Stars / 1,710+

Georgia Lake Beaches

19. Acworth Beach at Cauble Park

Beach at Cauble Park at Lake Acworth

Don’t forget that Georgia has some amazing lake beaches worth visiting with your family!

Cauble Park is a hidden gem to explore in Atlanta area.

The park is an amazing spot to spend the day with your family. It includes:

  • 25 acres of park
  • sandy beachfront
  • 2 playgrounds
  • boardwalk
  • picnic pavilions
  • an open play area

Official Website Link for Acworth Parks & Rec.

Location: 4425 Beach St, Acworth, GA 30101

Google Reviews: 4.6 Stars / 2,580+ Reviews

Ultimate Table of Georgia State Beaches

Beach NameLocationGoogle Star ReviewDescription
Massengale Park St Simons Island, GA4.5 of 5 stars
1,710+ Reviews
Best spot on St. Simons for picnics. Very dog-friendly.
Coast Guard Station St. Simons Island, GA4.5 of 5 stars500+ ReviewsNamed after the historic coast guard station. Offers lots of parking and amenities.
East BeachSt Simons Island, GA4.5 of 5 stars1,570+ ReviewsA treasure with golden sand and warm waters. Great for biking and running.
Goulds Inlet St Simons Island, GA4.5 of 5 stars
40+ Reviews
Perfect for bird watching and paddle boarding. More secluded.
Driftwood Beach Jekyll Island, GA
5 of 5 stars3,380+ Reviews
Breathtaking beach known for its scenic driftwood. Great for photography.
St. Andrews Beach Jekyll Island, GA5 of 5 stars410+ ReviewsPopular for watching dolphins and bird migrations.
Great Dunes Park Jekyll Island, GA4.5 of 5 stars460+ ReviewsFamily-friendly with mini-golf and a playground.
Oceanview Beach Park Jekyll Island, GA4.5 of 5 stars240+ ReviewsRelaxed spot with hard-packed sand, making it stroller-friendly.
Little St. Simons Island BeachLittle St. Simons Island, GA5 of 5 stars50+ ReviewsPrivate beach resort accessible only by boat. Ideal for special events.
Sea Island BeachSea Island, GA5 of 5 stars1,020+ ReviewsPrivate resort island with luxurious amenities and private beaches.
South Beach Tybee Island, GA4.5 of 5 stars14,640+ ReviewsMost popular beach on Tybee Island with commercial hot-spots.
Mid Beach Tybee Island, GA4.5 of 5 stars830+ ReviewsMore residential feel, perfect for relaxation and shelling.
North Beach Tybee Island, GA5 of 5 stars1,460+ ReviewsIdeal for bird observation. Close to the Tybee Lighthouse and Museum.
Little Tybee IslandLittle Tybee Island, GA4 of 5 Stars
10+ Reviews
Uninhabited nature preserve, accessible only by boat.
Wassaw National Wildlife RefugeWassaw National Wildlife Refuge, GA5 of 5 stars120+ ReviewsHidden gem for outdoor activities and wildlife viewing.
Ossabaw Island State Heritage PreserveOssabaw Island5 of 5 stars
5+ Reviews
Requires application to visit. Rich in history and wildlife.
Nanny Goat Beach Sapelo Island, GA4.5 of 5 stars20+ ReviewsManaged by DNR with rich history. Home to the Gullah Geechee community.
Cumberland Island BeachesCumberland Island4.5 of 5 stars1,710 ReviewsLargest barrier island off Georgia’s coastline. Known for wild horses.
Acworth Beach at Cauble ParkAcworth, GA4.5 of 5 stars2,580+ ReviewsLake beach in the Atlanta area. Offers a park, sandy beachfront, and playgrounds.

Conclusion to Best Georgia Beaches

As you can see, Georgia has some incredible beaches for your next day trip or extended vacation! My favorites are the ever-popular and family-friendly St. Simons Island and Cumberland, with its rich history and wildlife. However, there’s something for everyone. Happy travels!


What beaches are in Georgia?

What are the best beaches in Georgia?

The best beaches in Georgia are located on the state’s largest barrier islands, known as the Golden Isles, and on Tybee Island.

What are the east coast beaches in Georgia?

All beaches in Georgia are east coast beaches as Georgia’s border does not extend into the Gulf of Mexicao.

Are there any beaches in Atlanta, Georgia?

The only beaches in the Atlanta area are lake beaches such as Acworth Beach at Cauble Park and nearby Lake Lanier.

Can you swim in the ocean in Georgia?

Most Georgia beaches permit ocean swimming in designated areas. See local rules for any restrictions though.


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