15 Drop-Dead Gorgeous Georgia Islands Right Off the Coast You Have to Visit ASAP
Did you know that the Peach State has more than a dozen barrier islands, replete with pristine beaches, next-level sunrises, luxurious accommodations and adventurous activities? Four of the islands can be found in the Golden Isles, including St. Simons Island, Little St. Simons Island, Sea Island and Jekyll Island—but trust us when we say that’s just the tip of the island iceberg when it comes to this state’s hidden gems out at sea. Behold, the 15 best Georgia islands up and down the coast.
1. Tybee IslandJust 20 minutes from downtown Savannah, Tybee Island is one of the most popular vacation spots in the state—and it has been since the 1800s. This beautiful isle is known for quiet, white sandy beaches, great outdoor dining, and a plethora of family-friendly experiences like scenic parks and playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts and fishing areas. For history buffs, Fort Pulaski National Monument (a Civil War-era harbor defense structure) is a must see, too. You can easily enjoy an action-packed day here, jumping from the beach to a nature hike to a waterfront meal in the evening, or consider spending the weekend to get the most out of this charming beachside retreat.
9. Sea IslandAmong Georgia’s Golden Isles, Sea Island features five miles of private beach, tennis courts, a yacht club and three championship golf courses, including the home of the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic. You’ll also find four Forbes Five-Star experiences: two hotels, the Cloister at Sea Island and the Lodge at Sea Island, plus a wellness retreat (the Spa at Sea Island) and the Georgian Room restaurant. Cool fact: It’s the only U.S. resort to host a G-8 Summit of world leaders.
10. Skidaway IslandNearby to Savannah, Skidaway Island is replete with windy nature trails through Spanish moss, maritime forest and salt marsh. Journey to the observation tower and watch for deer, fiddler crabs, egrets and other wildlife, or spend the night within the island’s scenic campground.
12. Grover IslandFor the outdoorsy adventurer, Grover Island is an exciting day trip from the Georgia coast. This marshy island offers numerous outdoor activities, including guided kayak tours to spot local wildlife including the endangered wood stork and ospreys.
15. Amelia IslandAnother island on the Florida-Georgia border, Amelia Island is a timeless city with rich history. Established in 1562, it’s home to more than 13 miles of quiet beaches, next-level golf courses, shore excursions and a historic district with ghost tours, art museums and waterfront restaurants. Looking for a slice of heaven? Head to Fernandina Beach for date night and explore the sparkling shoreline.