The beaches of the Golden Isles are special to both residents and visitors from around the world. As shrimp boats work on the horizon, small craft (catamarans, windsurf boards, and kayaks) play closer to shore. Fishermen cast into the surf for whiting, amberjack, cobia and catfish. Dolphins feed along the rippled currents and sea birds tiptoe through the surf.
The beaches of the Golden Isles are constantly changing. Dramatic tidal swings of seven to nine feet (7–9 ft), as opposed to one to three feet (1–3 ft) elsewhere on the East Coast, are caused by the islands’ position within the South Atlantic Bight, the large inward curve along the coast from North Carolina to South Florida. Our barrier islands naturally harbor a “sand-sharing” system whereby water and wind exchange sand between the beach and the offshore sandbars and spits.
At high tide, the line between sea and sand is crisply drawn; low tide creates sand bars and tidal pools that invite exploration. Look closely, and you may find hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, or sand dollars. Our coastlines are fun to explore but please leave our natural surroundings and wildlife as you found them.
Whether you enjoy the serenity of a solo walk on the beach at sunrise, the romance of a simple picnic, or the excitement of kiting or windsurfing, the Golden Isles’ beaches await your arrival. Sun bathe, go for a run or build a sandcastle. No matter what activity you choose, we know you will enjoy our award-winning beaches.
Click here to read about dog-friendly beaches.