How to visit Georgia’s beautiful coast and barrier islands, getting there, and where to stay.
The Georgia coastline boasts several beaches and small barrier islands that are home to some of the most pristine, untouched wildlife on the East Coast of the United States. While you can hop in your car and visit many Georgia beaches without a lot of advanced planning, you will need to make reservations in advance if you want to spend a night on one of Georgia’s small barrier islands, which feature limited accommodations.
Choose an area of the Georgia coast
Tybee Island is a 20-minute drive from Savannah and offers miles of beach and quaint bed and breakfast inns. Cumberland Island, St. Catherine’s Island, Sapelo Island, Jekyll Island, and Sea Island are just a few of the other barrier islands that Georgia has to offer beachgoers.
Reserve a room at a hotel or historic bed and breakfast inn
Georgia is known for its historic antebellum architecture, which dates from the period after the American Revolution and before the Civil War. Georgia beach towns, particularly on the barrier islands, are full of historic hotels and bed and breakfast inns that feature balconies and old Southern charm. Each of the barrier islands has its own office of tourism with a website, where you can access a full list of available accommodations. Perform an Internet search for “Georgia official tourism” Official Tourism” and the name of the island you are interested in visiting to find the tourism website.
Book a flight or rent a car
You can fly into Savannah or Brunswick for easy access to Georgia’s beaches and barrier islands. If you live on the East coast, consider taking a road trip to get to Georgia. The Savannah and Brunswick airports have rental car companies on-site if you opt for flying.
Call in advance if you intend to stay on one of Georgia’s barrier islands
Georgia’s barrier islands are popular and small. For example, Cumberland Island is only accessible by ferry or kayak and has a maximum capacity of 300 visitors per day. The island has only one hotel, which tends to fill up quickly. To benefit from the secluded natural environment, you need to call early. If reserving in advance is not an option, you can stay on the mainland and make day trips to the barrier islands by ferry. Each island has a separate ferry. You can find a schedule at the office of tourism in the nearest mainland town.