With over 100 miles of coastline, Georgia is no stranger to seafood, beaches, or big family travel. We’ve scoured the Peach state up and down for the best coastal locations for big family fun and compiled the info below on where we found to be the best locales to visit. For your convenience, we’ve included links to nearby big family friendly hotels first and then vacation rentals.
Nestled not too far away from Savannah, Tybee Island functions as its own city as well as a standout destination in Georgia. Tybee Island offers plenty of sights to see, ranging from landmarks such as a Civil War Fort and the Tybee Island Lighthouse to majestic wildlife like herons, egrets, osprey, and the endangered loggerhead turtle. Additionally, Tybee Island offers a wealth of seafood spots, such as the Agave Bar and Grill, as well as plenty of other beach activities ranging from swimming and kayaking to fishing and a variety of other watersports.
St. Simons Island
The smallest of Georgia’s Isles, St. Simons Island can be found between Savannah and Jacksonville. Also known as “The East Beach”, the island serves as both a residential community and a seaside resort. A plethora of wildlife can be spotted around St. Simon’s ranging from alligators to whales and everything in-between. Many standard beach activities such as swimming, boating, and kayaking are available to do, with plenty of nearby eateries to keep you and your family going. A healthy mix of casual dining along with some finer options and means of getting some drinks are sure to keep everyone happy. A number of nearby historic sites offer a wealth of local flavor, such as Christ Church, the oldest church in Georgia, or the Cannon’s Point Preserve. Nearby shops such as Shackleford Shoes, The Vine and Tibi can get you everything from vacation souvenirs to housewares to take home.
Located on Sapelo Island, Cabretta Beach stretches along the east side of the island. Relatively remote, seclusion and solitude are up for grabs if they’re what you seek. Said seclusion amplifies the peace you’ll find while kayaking through salt marshes, swimming, hiking through maritime forests, or fishing. One of the larger barrier islands near Georgia, Sapello Island, and by extent Cabretta Beach, must be reached by ferry. The ferry runs three times a day from Meridian and lasts roughly 40 minutes as a ride, with a round-trip fee of $5/person.