Golden Isles

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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.

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Paddle and Putt

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912-268-4247

Address:

300 Redfern Village,
St Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Paddle and Putt is located in Redfern Village on St Simons Island, Georgia. Established by Davis Love III, PGA golf professional. The shop is an expression of his passion for Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Golf.

SouthEast Adventure Outfitters - St. Simons Island

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912-638-6732

Address:

313 Mallery street,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

SouthEast Adventure Outfitters is coastal Georgia's outdoor headquarters. Kayak tours, boating, fishing, and exploring the beautiful Golden Isles with visitors and residents is their passion and specialty.

SouthEast Adventure Outfitters - Brunswick

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912-638-6732

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1200 Glynn Avenue, Hwy 17,
Brunswick, GA 31520
United States

SouthEast Adventure Outfitters is coastal Georgia's outdoor headquarters. Kayak tours, boating, fishing, and exploring the beautiful Golden Isles with visitors and residents is their passion and specialty.

Barry's Beach Service

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912-638-8053

Address:

420 Arnold Rd,
St. Simons Island, GA 312522
United States

Waterfront Gifts

912-638-9400

Address:

207 Mallery Street,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Ocean Motion Surf Co. - Pier Village

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912-638-5390

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210 Mallery Street,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Ocean Motion Surf Co. - Ocean Blvd.

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912-638-5225

Address:

1300 Ocean Blvd,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States
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Driftwood Beach

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Jekyll Island, GA 31527
United States

Located on the north end of Jekyll Island, Driftwood beach will amaze you with the beautiful driftwood and trees that resemble a tree graveyard.  This is due to the north end of the island slowly eroding away and being deposited on the south end of the island.  Driftwood beach offers a wonderful

East Beach

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St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

“East Beach” is the name given to St. Simons Island Beach, the stretch of beach along the Oceanside of St. Simons Island.

Glory Beach

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Jekyll Island, GA 31527
United States

Portions of the 1989 civil war movie drama, Glory, were filmed on Glory Boardwalk on Jekyll Island. Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington and Cary Elwes all starred in this movie. Glory Boardwalk is located next to the Jekyll Island Soccer Complex.

Gould's Inlet

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Fifteenth Street, Bruce Drive,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
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On the northern tip of East Beach, at the end of Bruce Drive, is Gould’s Inlet.  Not primarily a beach destination, but rather a bird watching, fishing and ocean observation area.

Great Dunes Park

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Jekyll Island, GA 31527
United States

Located at the end of the Ben Fortson Parkway on North Beachview Drive, the Great Dunes Park has plenty of parking to access Jekyll Island’s beach.  This park is conveniently located across the street from a playground, mini-golf course, bike rentals, Segway rentals and is a great place to setup

Jekyll Island Beach

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Jekyll Island, GA 31527
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Jekyll Island beach is made up of many numbered access points and smaller beaches including: Driftwood Beach, Glory Beach, and St.

Massengale Park

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1350 Ocean Blvd.,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Massengale Park is a nicely shaded picnic area and playground, located along Ocean Blvd on St. Simons Island, and a beach access point to East Beach.

South Dunes Picnic Area

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912-635-3400

Address:

S. Beachview Drive,
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
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The South Dunes Picnic Area is located on the ocean side of Jekyll Island along S. Beachview Drive. Separated by up to 20 foot high sand dunes which protect this area from coastal winds, you can walk along elevated boardwalks to access Jekyll Island’s beach.

St. Andrews Picnic Area

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S. Beachview Drive,
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
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U.S. Coast Guard Station

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First Street,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
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The most popular beach location along East Beach and just south of Gould’s Inlet is the U.S.

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