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By Elizabeth Carpenter

The state of Georgia has almost one hundred miles of beautiful coastline and sandy beaches. There are so many great beach destinations in the state that it can be hard to pick where to go, which is why we’re here to help. There’s plenty of family fun to be had, from exploring beaches that were once visited by pirates, through to seeing traditional lighthouses and relaxing on soft sands. Here are our top picks of the best beaches in Georgia:

1. Cumberland Island National Seashore

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Cumberland Island is the largest of the barrier islands that lies within Georgia’s ‘Golden Isles’. It features a beautiful shoreline with miles of sand dunes, greenery and clear lakes. To get to the island, you’ll need to hop on a ferry. Consequently, the number of people on the island at any one time is limited, meaning it never gets too busy. There are several beautiful beaches, some with facilities, and others without. The beaches on the island are known to attract wonderful and magical natural treasures, such as stunning shells, clams and even shark teeth because of the fierce waves created by the island’s position and the frequent nearby storms. Get ready to treasure hunt!

2. Little St. Simons Island

By Stacy Funderburke

If you want a vacation with a rugged edge, look no further than Little St. Simons Island, one of the least developed of the Golden Isles. The island has a beautiful, golden sand beach and is filled with flora and fauna, and if you’re lucky you may catch a glimpse of animals like otters and dolphins. It’s still relatively off the tourist trails so you can enjoy a peaceful day at the beach.

3. Driftwood Beach

By Jon Bilous

Driftwood Beach gets its name from the driftwood that arrives at the beach year-round. The beach is located on Jekyll Island and it’s a picturesque location with amazing views of the sunset. Due to environmental changes and soil erosion, the trees on Driftwood Beach grow in a downward direction, giving the appearance that they are falling. This creates an eerie, yet romantic, sight and it’s a popular spot for photography.

4. Tybee Island

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Tybee Island was once a famous location for pirates, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a beautiful sandy beach that today has a small beach town with restaurants and souvenir shops. Also known for its diverse wildlife, many birdwatchers visit the island, hoping for a chance to spot Heron and Osprey. If you want a break from the beach, head to the Civil War Fort or to the traditional Tybee Island Lighthouse.

5. Glory Beach

By David Byron Keener

True to its name, Glory Beach is rather glorious. For many, it’s a paradise-like beach, with golden sand and flora and fauna in the surrounding greenery, where you can spot deer and raccoons. The beach was used as the filming location for Glory, the award-winning film about the American Civil War and featuring Denzel Washington.

6. St Andrews Beach and Picnic Area

By Jim Schwabel

Located closely to Jekyll Island, St. Andrews Beach and Picnic Area is home to a beautiful sandy bay with plenty of facilities, meaning it’s a great family vacation destination. There’s an abundance of nature in the surrounding shrubbery and you can even spot dolphins in the ocean. If you’re looking to brush up on your history, visit the Wanderer Memorial, an important site dedicated to the last illegally imported African slaves (around four hundred men, women and children) who landed on the shores of Jekyll Island in 1858.

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