The Peach State is chock-full of spots to soak up the sun and dig your toes into the sand. When you plan your next beach retreat, consider one of these Georgia gems.

Tybee Island

Black and White lighthouse on Tybee Island GeorgiaLocated near the charming city of Savannah, Tybee is a barrier island that draws big crowds in summer months. Its combination of relaxing beachfront, water sports, and attractions like the Marine Science Center make it an especially family-friendly destination. There’s also a variety of lodging options, from traditional hotels to vacation rentals.

Nanny Goat Beach

Sapelo Island beach

While you might be quick to dismiss (or laugh at) it based on its name, Nanny Goat Beach actually offers a tranquil atmosphere with opportunities to observe animals and birds. There’s not much in the way of kids activities, but it’s the perfect place to take your sweetie or enjoy a solo beach day. Nanny Goat has a rich history, and is allegedly the first place in the United States where Europeans settled. You can learn more about the region’s past at the R.J. Reynolds Plantation, Hog Hammock, Sapelo Island Lighthouse, and the Cocolate Plantation.

Jekyll Island

Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island in the Golden Isles of GeorgiaDon’t worry — it has nothing to do with the famous tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but you can still find a wicked good time here. Sea Turtles are the stars of the show on this barrier beach, and you’ll find plenty of them at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Visitors of all ages will love activities like kayaking, segway rides, standup paddle boarding, and mini golf, while annual summer camps draw youngsters to make the most of their vacation.

St. Simon’s Island

St Simon Island Georgia

This island holds the distinction of being the “Most Romantic Town” and “America’s #1 Favorite Beach Town” in 2014, as voted by readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine. When you’ve had your fill of sun on the island’s beaches, you can catch some live entertainment, enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant, or rest and rejuvenate at one of the local salon-spas.

Cumberland National Seashore


Located near Amelia Island, this beach is home to beautiful wild horses and other wildlife that run free along the sand. You can also view the ruins of a Carnegie mansion which burned down in the 1950s (which the animals also like to roam around in). Outdoor adventures abound, from hiking and biking to fishing and camping. A museum, staffed by volunteers, is open daily from 1-4 p.m. and provides a peek into the past of the region. If you plan a visit to this beach, make sure to pack your own picnic, as there aren’t any snack bars or stores on the seashore.