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Welcome to Sea Island Yacht Club, where dreams come true and memories are made! Nestled in the picturesque coastal town of Sea Island, Georgia, our marina is a haven for boating enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. With its pristine waters, breathtaking views, and world-class amenities, Sea Island Yacht Club is the ultimate destination for those seeking a luxurious and unforgettable experience.

Discover the Magic of Sea Island Yacht Club

Welcome to paradise.

Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a first-time visitor, our marina offers something for everyone. From sailing and fishing to relaxing on the beach or indulging in exquisite dining options, Sea Island Yacht Club has it all. So, hop aboard and let us take you on a journey you'll never forget!

A Boater's Paradise

For boating enthusiasts, Sea Island Yacht Club is a true paradise. Our marina boasts state-of-the-art facilities and services designed to cater to all your boating needs. With over 100 slips available, we can accommodate vessels of all sizes, from small sailboats to luxurious yachts.

Our experienced and friendly staff is always on hand to assist you with docking, fueling, and any other boating-related services you may require. We take pride in providing top-notch customer service, ensuring that your stay at Sea Island Yacht Club is nothing short of exceptional.

Explore the Waters

One of the highlights of visiting Sea Island Yacht Club is the opportunity to explore the pristine waters surrounding our marina. Whether you prefer sailing, kayaking, or paddleboarding, there are endless possibilities for water-based adventures.

Set sail on your own vessel or join one of our guided tours to discover hidden coves, secluded beaches, and breathtaking wildlife. Keep an eye out for dolphins, sea turtles, and a variety of bird species that call this area home. The crystal-clear waters are perfect for snorkeling and diving, allowing you to witness the vibrant marine life up close and personal.

Unwind in Luxury

After a day of exploring the waters, it's time to unwind and indulge in the luxurious amenities offered at Sea Island Yacht Club. Relax by the poolside and soak up the sun while sipping on a refreshing cocktail from our pool bar. Treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa treatment or a round of golf at one of the nearby world-class golf courses.

For those seeking a culinary adventure, our marina is home to several exquisite dining options. From fresh seafood to gourmet cuisine, our talented chefs will take your taste buds on a journey you won't soon forget. Enjoy a romantic dinner overlooking the marina or gather with friends for a casual meal at one of our waterfront restaurants.

Family-Friendly Fun

Sea Island Yacht Club is not just for boating enthusiasts; it's a place where families can create lifelong memories together. Our marina offers a wide range of family-friendly activities and amenities to keep everyone entertained.

Take the little ones for a day of fun at our children's play area or enjoy a friendly game of beach volleyball. Our marina also hosts regular events and activities for families, including movie nights under the stars, live music performances, and fireworks displays.

The Perfect Venue

Looking for the perfect venue for your next special event? Look no further than Sea Island Yacht Club. Whether you're planning a wedding, a corporate retreat, or a family reunion, our marina offers a stunning backdrop and a range of event spaces to suit your needs.

Imagine exchanging vows on a picturesque beach, surrounded by your loved ones and the sound of gentle waves. Our dedicated event planning team will work closely with you to ensure that every detail is taken care of, leaving you free to enjoy your special day.

Local Attractions

While Sea Island Yacht Club has everything you need for an unforgettable vacation, the surrounding area also offers a wealth of attractions and activities to explore. Take a short drive and discover the charming town of Sea Island, with its quaint shops, art galleries, and historic landmarks.

For nature enthusiasts, a visit to the nearby Jekyll Island or St. Simons Island is a must. Explore their pristine beaches, hike through scenic trails, or visit the iconic lighthouses that dot the coastline. The Golden Isles are also home to a vibrant arts and culture scene, with numerous festivals, concerts, and art exhibitions taking place throughout the year.

The Sea Island Experience

Sea Island Yacht Club is part of the renowned Sea Island Resort, known for its world-class hospitality and luxurious accommodations. Extend your stay and immerse yourself in the Sea Island experience by booking a room or suite at one of the resort's stunning properties.

Indulge in five-star service, relax on private beaches, and enjoy access to additional amenities such as tennis courts, fitness centers, and exclusive dining options. The Sea Island Resort is the perfect complement to your marina experience, ensuring that every moment of your stay is filled with luxury and comfort.

Start Your Sea Island Adventure Today

Are you ready to embark on a magical journey at Sea Island Yacht Club? Whether you're a boating enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a luxurious getaway, our marina has something for everyone.

From the moment you arrive, you'll be greeted with warm smiles and a sense of hospitality that is second to none. So, pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime at Sea Island Yacht Club.

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This Luxurious Island Resort Is An Extravagant Getaway Off Georgia's Stunning Coast

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With picture-perfect surroundings, it's no mystery why island vacations often feel so dreamy. If you're eager to step into that dream for a week or so, set your sights on Sea Island Resort , a luxurious destination on the southeastern coast of Georgia. Part of the Golden Isles, the privately owned Sea Island allows guests to escape to a remote paradise. Boasting 80 Forbes Five-Star awards, Sea Island Resort is in a category of its own.

Sea Island Resort encompasses five miles of private beach and glorious landscapes ideal for outdoor recreation. Boating, fishing, and biking are just a few of the many activities you can partake in. The resort is also known for its exceptional 17,000-square-foot Golf Performance Center. With other top-tier amenities, you don't have to venture far to enjoy a fun-filled day here.

Whether you're seeking a romantic retreat or family vacation, Sea Island Resort offers deluxe accommodations that appeal to an array of travelers. To give you a taste of its luxury, guests have access to a complimentary BMW at select resort properties. Plus, New York isn't the only place outside of Hollywood to spot a celebrity , as A-listers have frequented Sea Island Resort. Let's dive deeper into this Georgia gem.

Stunning accommodations and dreamy activities

From sophisticated suites to intimate cottages, guests have varied options for a stay at Sea Island Resort. While booking dates affect pricing, rooms typically cost upwards of $600 per night. Holding Tripadvisor's top spot for Sea Island resorts, The Cloister is a popular and beloved hotel. In a 2023 Tripadvisor review , one guest gushed, "I've been vacationing at the Cloister at Sea Island regularly since 2010 and it is one of the most beautiful properties I've ever visited. I'm talking about both the interiors of the hotel as well as the peaceful, natural beauty that surrounds it on all sides."

Those seeking cozy accommodations should consider staying at The Lodge. The two-bedroom cottage, for instance, features an indoor fireplace, a front patio, and a large marble bathroom. There's an on-site restaurant, golf course, and oceanfront pool at this exclusive locale. With full kitchens, laundry machines, grocery delivery, and babysitting services, Sea Island Cottages are great for families.

In addition to its stunning properties, Sea Island Resort provides a plethora of unique activities. Revel in the gorgeous scenery on a coastal wildlife bike tour, beach horseback ride, or sunset kayaking excursion. Take a load off on the Cocktail Cruise, which takes place on the Sea Island Explorer yacht. A ticket (around $150 per person) includes hors d'oeuvres, wine, and beer. There are also several activities and events specifically for kids.

Sea Island Resort's lavish restaurants and amenities

Get ready to treat yourself at Sea Island Resort. You can expect gourmet cuisine and an upscale ambiance at many of the restaurants. Tavola, a classic Italian restaurant, serves homemade pasta and wood-fired pizza. If you're craving fresh seafood, make a reservation at Southern Tide, situated right by the ocean. For a low-key night of fun and games, head to Sea Strike & Pub, an American restaurant with a bowling alley. Dessert lovers can indulge in candy and ice cream at Wonderland, Sea Island's very own Wonka factory. Many of these restaurants require semi-formal attire, so be sure to check the resort's dress code when packing.

Aside from dining at these incredible restaurants, take advantage of the resort's first-rate amenities. The Spa, which earned a Forbes Five-Star rating, offers all kinds of massages, facials, and restorative treatments. Additionally, book a Spa Access Pass ($55 for two hours) to unwind in the relaxation lounge, whirlpool, sauna, and steam room. Then, there's the Fitness Center, which isn't your ordinary gym. Along with standard exercise equipment, this stunning facility includes Pilates and Yoga studios, squash courts, and a heated indoor lap pool. You can also sign up for a fitness class or schedule a private training session.

Are you weighing your options for an extravagant island vacation? Besides Sea Island Resort, there are numerous luxury resorts that are worth the splurge.

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Sea Island exceptional destination appealing to those who appreciate gracious service and heartfelt hospitality since 1928. With four Forbes Five-Star experiences — The Cloister at Sea Island, The Lodge at Sea Island, The Spa at Sea Island, and the Georgian Room restaurant – Sea Island entices families, outdoor and activity enthusiasts, and those simply wanting to refresh and recharge. It is the only resort in the world to have received four Forbes Five-Star awards for 15 consecutive years. Located on the southeastern coast of Georgia, Sea Island features five miles of private beach, a Beach Club, tennis and squash centers, Yacht Club, Shooting School, and Camp Cloister. Well known as a family resort, Sea Island is steeped in golf tradition and is home to three championship golf courses, including Seaside and Plantation, home of the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic, as well as the nation’s finest Golf Performance Center. Located on St. Simons Island, The Inn at Sea Island offers comfortable, casual accommodations with access to many Sea Island amenities. Guests may also enjoy nearby Broadfield, a Sea Island Sporting Club and Lodge, offering a variety of seasonal hunting, fishing, and sporting opportunities. Those seeking adventures in the spirit of the American west may choose to visit The Broadmoor, the other member of the Sea Island family. Opened in 1918 and situated at the gateway to the Colorado Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor is the longest consecutive winner of the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond awards. Like Sea Island, the resort offers guests a unique way to experience one of the country’s most beautiful settings, and is known for its history, tradition, and service excellence.

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Most residents of Sea Island communities enjoy application rights to Sea Island Club, featuring some of world’s finest club facilities with unparalleled activities and amenities. Members may enjoy world-class golf and golf instruction, an oceanfront beach club, the Forbes Five-Star Spa at Sea Island and fitness center, sport shooting, tennis, squash, boating and fishing, children’s programs, social events, nature programs, and casual and fine dining at more than a dozen restaurants.

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About the Resort

Since 1928, Sea Island has been known as an exceptional destination appealing to those who appreciate gracious service and heartfelt hospitality.

With four Forbes Five-Star experiences — The Cloister at Sea Island, The Lodge at Sea Island, The Spa at Sea Island, and the Georgian Room restaurant – Sea Island entices families, outdoor and activity enthusiasts, and those simply wanting to refresh and recharge.

Located on the southeastern coast of Georgia, Sea Island features five miles of private beach, a Beach Club, Tennis Center, Yacht Club, Shooting School and Camp Cloister.

Sea Island is home to three championship golf courses, including Seaside and Plantation, home of the PGA TOUR’s RSM Classic, as well as the nation’s finest Golf Performance Center.

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Sea Island: Adventure Awaits on the Georgia Coast

What draws guests back to Sea Island year after year, generation after generation?

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An exceptional destination appealing to those who appreciate gracious service and heartfelt hospitality since 1928. Sea Island is the only resort in the world to receive four Forbes Five-Star awards for 14 consecutive years and the only resort in the country to host a G8 Summit.

As a private beach resort, Sea Island is surrounded by ocean, river, and golden marshes — the perfect backdrop for an exceptional array of outdoor activities. Perhaps most widely known for one of the resort’s signature experiences, Sea Island Golf includes three championship golf courses , an oceanfront driving range, and the world’s finest Golf Performance Center — filled with elite instructors and innovative technology that’s designed to improve every aspect of your game.

Sea Island entices families, outdoor and activity enthusiasts, conferences and executive retreats, and those simply looking to refresh and recharge. Members and guests can enjoy endless opportunities to play, explore, and relax, including at the Forbes Five-Star Spa at Sea Island, Beach Club, Yacht Club, Shooting School, Tennis Center, and Nature Center. Activities range from turtle explorations, birding, horseback riding, boating, shelling, sailing, fishing, kayaking and coastal habitat discovery. And this is just part of what draws guests back to Sea Island year after year, generation after generation.

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Choose accommodations at the Forbes Five-Star Cloister, an elegant Addison Mizner-designed Spanish colonial retreat. Or opt for the essence of an English country manor at the Forbes Five-Star Lodge, with seven golf-in, golf-out cottages including the King Cottage with private hitting bay.

For guests looking to enjoy our award-winning amenities and activities from the spaciousness of a private home, our collection of Sea Island ‘cottages’ range from a two-to-eight bedrooms many with beach or marsh views. Located near Sea Island, the casual comfort of The Inn at Sea Island is perfect for those who are interested in exploring St Simons Island, or nearby Broadfield, a Sea Island Sporting Club and Lodge, where they can discover a variety of seasonal hunting, fishing, sporting, and organic culinary opportunities.

At Sea Island, no matter what you do or how you stay, your experience is sure to be a treasured tradition for years to come.

Contact Emmi Shepard Doucette, VIP services manager, [email protected] , +1 912 634 3918, seaisland.com

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Sea Island, a gated community with a selection of luxurious residences and home to the Forbes Five-Star property, The Cloister, provides residents a resort lifestyle amidst live oaks, salt marshes and private beaches.

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Golf and Amenities

Sea Island boasts three championship golf courses, including Plantation and Seaside, home of the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic . Seaside Course is a links course reminiscent of St. Andrews, with grand ocean vistas, while the Plantation Course winds through the island’s marshes and forest.

Residents also enjoy a beach club, world-class spa, tennis center, yacht club, shooting school, a golf performance center and nine world-class dining venues, including Georgia’s only Forbes five-star restaurant, The Georgian Room.

Real Estate & Communities

Sea Island offers a variety of housing options, from condos and townhomes, to single-family homes and oceanfront estates. The limited number of homes sites remaining start in the $600k’s, and residences start at approximately $1 million.

Ocean Forest – gated community on the northern tip of Sea Island, situated around the Ocean Forest Golf Club, feature patio homes, townhomes, and single-family homes and homesites.

Beach Club – offering both garden and ocean residence condos, ranging from 2,000 – 4,000 square feet, that are steps from the beach and convenient to all club amenities.

Black Banks River Residences – exclusive gated neighborhood close to The Cloister, featuring luxurious 4,000 – 5,000 square foot condominium flats with river and marsh views, and surrounded by the resorts’ amenities.

Cottage Colony – the oldest section of Sea Island, the single-family residences are all within walking distance to the beach, and range in size and architectural style; a limited number of home sites also remain.

River Club – offering large townhomes, up to 4,000 square feet, with dramatic views of the scenic Black Banks River, and close to both the beach and The Cloister, Spa and Tennis Center.

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What’s New on Sea Island, Georgia

Some things change and plenty stays the same on the jewel of the Golden Isles

By Gwen Pratesi

October 2, 2023

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Sea Island, a five-mile-long, half-mile-wide barrier island in Georgia’s Golden Isles, has all the burnished marsh grasses, brilliant sunsets, and sparkling white beaches that give the area its nickname, but it stands apart from neighboring communities.

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After relocating from Boston to Atlanta in 2001, I got a taste of what it was like to live in the private enclave long before I visited. One of the first friends I made in Georgia had a home there, and after hearing her stories about “the island,” I felt I understood the vibe of this exclusive playground of the wealthy few.

But you can’t fully appreciate Sea Island until you see it yourself—the stately waterfront mansions (known as cottages), the lavish landscaping, the dramatic change in scenery as you cross the causeway from St. Simons Island and through the gates. After hearing so much about the property for so long, I felt as though I had been there before when I visited as a guest at  the Cloister  this past July. The well-preserved history and grandeur reminded me of  the Great Gatsby , especially when I looked back at the resort from the shoreline of the Black Banks River. After exploring the property over the course of several days, I saw just how much is new at this timeless resort, but also how the essence of “the island” remains unchanged.

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A look back

For nearly one hundred years, Sea Island has hosted generations of families as they’ve celebrated weddings, birthdays, and other milestones, or simply escaped for a vacation. (I learned much of the following history from the delightful cookbook Soul of the South by Sarah Anschutz Hunt.)

Howard Coffin, the founder of Hudson Motor Company, purchased Sea Island (named Glynn Isle at that time) in 1926. He hired Addison Mizner, known for his architectural work in Boca Raton and Palm Beach, Florida, to design the Cloister. The small luxury property, billed as “a friendly little hotel,” opened in October 1928 with a beach club, tennis courts, a shooting school, and a fishing dock. A yacht club, riding stables, and a golf club were built not far away on St. Simons Island, where Coffin also owned property.

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During World War II, the Cloister hosted weekly mixers for honeymooning couples, including former president George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, who married in 1945. They returned several times over the years, including in 1991 when Bush was in office and again on their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Sea Island also hosted the G8 Summit—and dignitaries from around the world—in 2004.

Sea Island has seen many transformations over the years, including a complete rebuild of the original 1928 Mizner main building and wings of the Cloister in 2006; a redesign of the golf courses; resort expansions; and several changes in ownership. That evolution continues today—more on that below.

A sample itinerary

Two favorite experiences during my recent visit included the scenic cruise on the Cloister’s two-story passenger yacht, the Sea Island Explorer, and taking a hawk walk with one of the resort’s falconers and his Harris hawk. If you’re as fascinated by the history of the island as I am, you’ll also want to book a walking tour of the Cloister with the resident historian in which you’ll pass through hallways lined with black and white photos chronicling the history of the island and the many famous guests who have walked these passageways.

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Stop for a morning coffee and pastry or an afternoon cookie at the Cloister Solarium , a beautiful, light-filled space home to cozy seating areas, lush plants, and the sweet chirping  of a pair of lovebirds . Sea Island has always kept birds at the property; the first known feathered residents were finches that lived in the loggia of the original building in 1928.

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I spent an evening at Tavola, the Cloister’s Italian restaurant, and notable dishes included seared scallops over a mélange of fava beans and seasonal vegetables, and a braised lamb shank with polenta. Our Tibetan terrier, Rhythm, also enjoyed his visit, especially sitting out on the balcony at night and taking long shaded walks through the grounds.

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The revamped Georgian Rooms

The original Georgian Room, the property’s fine-dining venue, opened to guests in 2006 with hand-painted china, European linens, silver flatware, an impressive wine list, and smart tableside service. The restaurant closed in 2020 to accommodate a reimagined and extensively renovated concept—the Georgian Rooms, plural. The new spac e recently debuted and features multiple stylistically distinct areas.

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There’s an intimate lounge serving sushi, Japanese-style dishes, cocktails, sakes, and whiskies. The venue is casual, and you can dine without a reservation. The main dining room and bar is a more formal space designed in a rich palette of dark greens and reds and leather seating (inspired by a classic American grill) and leads into the beautiful glass-enclosed Orangery. This naturally lit space, with its neutral tones and subtle décor, is brighter and airier than the clubby main dining room, especially during the day.

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The menu, created by the new chef de cuisine of the Georgian Rooms, Chris Damskey, offers vintage spirits, classic cocktails, and an impressive wine list paired with such standout dishes as caviar service; Angus beef from Linz Heritage in Indiana; and regionally inspired seafood, such as roasted halibut with sweet pea purée and succotash.

New fun for kids

The Sea Island Sea-fari combines several of the resort’s signature activities so young adventurers can see the island’s “Big Five” wildlife: horses, falcons, turtles, dolphins, and shorebirds. The self-guided tour comes with a Sea-fari Passport so children can record their experiences. A free Golden Brick Sundae from Wonderland, the ice cream shop at the Beach Club, awaits future nature explorers who have completed their journey.

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Pickleball pro

Eight standalone pickleball courts opened in 2021, and on-staff pickleball pro and former golf prodigy Tadd Fujikawa coordinates the programming, which includes private lessons, beginner and intermediate clinics, leagues for men and women, and round robins for larger groups. Sea Island also hosts pickleball tournaments for various charitable organizations.

An exclusive brew

Beer aficionados will want to check out Sea Island’s 1928 Classic Lager, a new addition to the resort’s lineup of brews made by Georgia-based Creature Comforts Brewing. On island time (hopefully soon!),  the new brew will be offered on draft and in the can.

New at the Lodge

The Lodge , located just minutes away on St. Simons Island, is reachable by car or complimentary shuttle from the Cloister. The intimate, forty-three-room luxury property, situated at the end of an oak-lined road, recently refreshed the guest rooms and restaurants with new décor, art, and furniture. Lodge guests have access to all the amenities of the Cloister and Sea Island, several dining options, an on-site pool, and twenty-four-hour butler service.

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The Lodge is also where you’ll find Sea Island’s three championship golf courses and the Golf Performance Center. The most recent redesign of one of the original 1928 courses came in 2019 by professional golfer and St. Simons resident Davis Love III and his brother Mark of Love Golf Design. Guests familiar with the Men’s Locker Room, dubbed “the greatest locker room in golf” by PGA pros, will also find a redesigned traditional barbershop inspired by a 1936 photograph discovered in the archives. Women and children are welcome.

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Colt & Alison , the property’s classic American steakhouse, was completely renovated in recent months, including an overhaul of the kitchen. The outdoor veranda is now a glass-enclosed space for year-round dining.

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The Lodge attracts more golfers and couples than families since it’s a drive by car (rather than a walk or a golf cart ride) to the Beach Club and all of Sea Island’s family-friendly amenities. The property has an elegant, club-like feel, with dark wood paneling and traditional interior design. It was very quiet during our visit, though you can count on it being busy during golf tournaments and events, including the annual weeklong RSM Classic hosted by David Love III in mid-November.

No matter where you choose to stay when visiting Sea Island, don’t miss saying farewell to the day at the Sea Island Golf Club. This daily tradition at the Lodge includes a bagpiper performing a memorable Scottish sunset serenade.

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About Sea Island Resort

Since 1928, Sea Island has been known as an exceptional destination appealing to those who appreciate gracious service and heartfelt hospitality. With four Forbes Five-Star experiences — The Cloister at Sea Island, The Lodge at Sea Island, The Spa at Sea Island, and the Georgian Room restaurant — Sea Island entices families, outdoor and activity enthusiasts, and those simply wanting to refresh and recharge. It is the only resort in the world to have received four Forbes Five-Star awards for 11 consecutive years. Site of a G-8 Summit of world leaders, Sea Island provides exceptional settings and service for conferences and executive retreats. Located on the southeastern coast of Georgia, Sea Island features five miles of private beach, a Beach Club, tennis and squash centers, Yacht Club, Shooting School, and Camp Cloister. Sea Island is steeped in golf tradition and is home to three championship golf courses, including Seaside and Plantation, home of the PGA TOUR’s RSM Classic, as well as the world’s finest Golf Performance Center. Located on St. Simons Island, The Inn at Sea Island offers comfortable, casual accommodations with access to many Sea Island amenities. Guests may also enjoy nearby Broadfield, a Sea Island Sporting Club and Lodge, offering a variety of seasonal hunting, fishing, sporting and organic culinary opportunities.

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6 Best Beaches In Georgia

T he Georgia coastline is one of the most unique in the United States. Stretching for more than 100 miles along the coast, visitors will find the best beaches on the state’s 14 barrier islands. Four of those islands are also known as the Golden Isles or the Sea Islands. These islands are a source of protection for the mainland from gusty ocean winds and water erosion. 

A road trip to Georgia beaches will take you from Savannah and Tybee Island in the north to Brunswick and Cumberland Island in the south. Visitors will love these islands with maritime forests and white sandy beaches with far fewer crowds than nearby Florida beaches. Four of the islands can be reached by car and the rest only by boat. Many of these islands have areas protected from development so guests will find pristine, isolated, beaches in their natural state.

Here is my list of the top beaches in Georgia.

1. Cumberland Island National Seashore

This is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to. Cumberland Island National Seashore has 17 miles of pristine, undeveloped beach. As far as the eye can see, it is just white sand, the blue water of the Atlantic Ocean, and sand dunes with sea oats waving in the breeze. This is such a rare experience to visit an area untouched by man. 

Planning is key to enjoying a day on this island. Catch a passenger ferry from historic St. Marys to the island where you will be walking or biking during your visit. It is about a half-mile hike across the island to the beach from the dock. Take a walk around the island and see the ruins of Dungeness (a Carnegie mansion), explore the maritime forest, and discover other historic buildings. You may even see some of the wild horses that inhabit the island.

Pro Tip: If you wish to linger on the island, book a stay at the Greyfield Inn . It was built in 1900 for the Carnegie’s daughter, Margaret, and is now an inn. It is still owned by the Carnegie family.

2. North Beach

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This is the beach popular with locals from Savannah. When I lived in Savannah, you would often find me lounging in a chair on the quieter North Beach with calmer water. Park near the historic Tybee Island Lighthouse and — in addition to beach combing — you can explore the lighthouse and the Tybee Island Museum, which is housed in an 1899 Coastal Artillery Battery and highlights the history of the island and Fort Screven.

If you crave a livelier beach, then South Beach is your jam. Visitors will find lots of activity, the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion , restaurants, and old-style beach shops.

Pro Tip: Eat at the Crab Shack after a day at the beach. This Tybee Island institution is a rustic outdoor dining experience dishing up fresh, Georgia Seafood. Visitors can also feed the alligators in the Gator Lagoon.

3. Driftwood Beach

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Taking the third spot on Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards 2023 for the best beaches in the United States, and snagging the twelfth spot for best beaches in the world, Driftwood Beach lives up to the hype. With its sun-bleached driftwood and gnarled 500-year-old trees, it is easy to see why it is the most photographed beach in Georgia. It is a fascinating place to wander and linger in the ever-changing scenery. Jekyll Island has 10 miles of beaches, each with a different vibe. State law prohibits the development of 65 percent of the island, so you’ll find much less traffic and congestion than on nearby St. Simons Island.

Unique to Jekyll Island is the 240-acre Jekyll Island Club National Historic District with 34 historic buildings. It was once the playground and exclusive winter retreat for the Gilded Age elite. A variety of luxurious accommodations are available at the Jekyll Island Club Resort .

Pro Tip: Visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to learn more about these fascinating animals. They lay their eggs on Georgia’s barrier islands. At certain times of the year, visitors can watch them hatch and make their way to the ocean.

4. Coast Guard Station Beach

St. simons island.

The most popular beach on St. Simons Island is Coast Guard Station Beach , which is also known as First Street Beach Access. This is the widest section of beach on St. Simons Island and it has the most parking. It’s perfect for day trips due to the Coast Guard Bathhouse facility on site with showers, restrooms, and covered picnic tables. It also has a wheelchair mat for getting closer to the water.

This beach is relatively undeveloped with undisturbed natural beauty. Plan to visit at low tide to see the sand bars and tidal pools. Kitesurfing is popular here and you may even see dolphins that frequent the area. Another historic site worth visiting is Fort Frederica National Monument . Enjoy exploring the ruins before heading out on a hike through a maritime forest.

Pro Tip: Make sure to visit the World War II Home Front Museum , which is part of Georgia’s World War II Heritage Trail. Learn about World War II along the Georgia Coast. The museum is in the historic Coast Guard station at the entrance to the beach .

5. Little St. Simons Island

Imagine enjoying 7 miles of secluded beach on a private island with a max of 32 guests. Well, it is possible at the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island . Guests of the lodge have access to 11,000 acres of pristine wilderness and 26 miles of trails and roads. An all-inclusive stay includes accommodation, three meals a day prepared from fresh, local, ingredients, and excursions led by naturalists.

Plan to spend time experiencing the rare opportunity of access to a private beach. The beach is stunning and with its hard-packed sand, you can bike it. The resort has a stocked beach pavilion with everything you need for a day in the sand. With so few guests on the island, it is common to have sections of the beach all to yourself.

6. Sea Island Beach Club

The moment you cross the bridge onto Sea Island, you know you are somewhere special. The Cloister at Sea Island has welcomed guests with a renowned luxury experience for 95 years. This exclusive resort offers 5 miles of pristine beaches that generations of families have enjoyed. The upscale beach club offers a variety of experiences. Reserve a beach setup with a beach attendant that even has a wireless phone charger along with chairs, umbrellas, snacks, and water. This is your place if you ever wanted to go horseback riding on the beach. In addition to the endless beach, guests can enjoy a variety of watersports.

Pro Tip: These beaches are all within the area known as the Golden Isles and are not far from each other. Pick one destination to make your base and then venture out to explore the other islands. Visitors can also take a road trip and spend a night or two on each island. Southern hospitality abounds amid restaurants serving up a bounty of fresh, local seafood with farm-to-table ingredients. Historic Georgia squares make for lovely, walkable downtown areas where visitors linger before watching the sunset from the marina.

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This article originally appeared on TravelAwaits

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