[11 July 2014 Last updated at 09:53]

Top Beaches in Georgia

Planning a beach vacation in Georgia?

There is no doubt that the biggest appeal of Georgia are its many state parks and great attractions such as the National Civil War Museum, Bruce Weiner's Microcar Museum and Georgia Aquarium (see top ten aquariums in the US).

Having said this, enjoying outdoor pursuits and visiting city attractions isn’t the only thing you can do in Georgia. In fact, the coast of Georgia boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the US, and it is one of the top summer destinations in the US for a beach vacation. Below, we’ve listed the top beaches in Georgia for families, water sport enthusiast and romantic couples:

Nanny Goat Beach

Nanny Goat Beach is without a doubt, one of the top beaches in Georgia for nature lovers looking for a quite retreat.

Nanny Goat Beach is located not far from Sapelo Island in Georgia’s midcoast and draws little crowds even during high season.

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You can enjoy a relaxing time at the Nanny Goat beach and enjoy plenty of bird-life viewing, as well as fishing and water sports like boogie boarding.

Saint Andrew Beach

Saint Andrew Beach is located in the southern coast of Georgia and it’s one of the top beaches in Georgia for a family vacation hands down.

What makes Saint Andrew Beach so special is that it’s nearby Jekyll Island airport and two golf clubs (Jekyll Island and Indian Mound golf clubs), as well as a water park (Summer Waves Waterpark), and a campground (Jekyll Island campground).
Saint Andrew Beach in Georgia
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Saint Andrew Beach is also a short drive from the town of Brunswick which is plus if you're looking for accommodation besides camping.

Saint Andrew Beach is probably one of the best family beaches on the east coast since the beach is surrounded by the beautiful Jekyll Island State Park where you'll find lost of nature trails available for hiking and horseback riding.

Sea Island Beach

If you’re looking for a beach spot in Georgia that offers plenty of amenities and opportunities to enjoy plenty of fun activities like horseback riding, fishing, spa treatments and golfing, Sea Island Beach is one of the top beaches in Georgia for a family or romantic vacation.

Sea Island Beach is located a short drive from St Simons and boasts a dozen of luxury beach resorts to choose from such as the Cloister Spa and the Sea Island Golf Club.

East Beach

East Beach is one of the most popular beaches in St. Simon's Island and one of the top beaches in Georgia for families and outdoor enthusiasts.
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East Beach boasts a pristine shoreline where you can enjoy everything from beachcombing, tide pooling and kite-surfing to biking, kayaking and windsurfing.


Another great thing about East Beach is that it’s just a stone throw from St Simon’s Town where you can do a bit of mall shopping.

Tybee Island Beach

Last but not least on our list of top beaches in Georgia it’s Tybee Island which is located in the northern coast of Georgia.

Tybee Island is definitely one of the most popular beaches in Georgia (if not the most popular), as it’s located just 20 minutes drive from the romantic city of Savannah GA.

A few of the appeals of Tybee Island beach are its relaxing vibe, the beautiful barrier, the wildlife and amount of rentals on offer.
Tybee Island in Georgia

There are lots of vacation rentals on Tybee Island and rental shops so if you’re a kin kayaker or biker, you’ll love spending time in Tybee Island beach.

Another of the appeals of Tybee Island is that it’s only an hour’s drive from Hilton Head SC beach which is one of the most popular beach vacation spots in South Carolina.

Hints and Tips

If you’re staying in Atlanta you’ll be a few hours’ drive from any of Georgia’s ocean beaches, though there are many nice lakes where you can enjoy beach activities.

A few lakes worth mentioning not far from Atlanta are Upper Tanyard Creek Swimming Beach, Lake Thurmond and Fort Mountain Lake in Fort Mountain state park which is located in the Chattahoochee National forest.

Upper Tanyard Creek Swimming Beach and Lake Thurmond are the closest lakes to Atlanta, though Fort Mountain Lake is best as it boasts mini golf areas, paddle boat rental, picnic, cabins and campsites.

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