Jekyll Island is a unique and non-touristy coastal haven off the shores of Georgia. For a small tract of land it has a lot to offer. But its real claim to fame is the beautiful, haunted, Driftwood Beach.
We’ve traveled all over the world but this nearly deserted beach on a tiny island off the coast of Georgia holds a special place in our hearts. It’s beautiful in a spooky sort of way. It looks like it should be the back drop for some blockbuster movie set in a dystopian future.
We grew up an hour’s drive from the Georgia coast. And since growing up and having a family of our own we’ve often jumped in the car and spontaneously headed for the beach. Usually in the late winter/early spring when summer is so close you can almost taste it.
Driftwood beach is not a swimmer’s beach. It’s rare to sea sunbather’s and splashers on this particular stretch of sand. It’s a quiet, peaceful beach. It’s not touristy or flashy. And while popular (particularly for photographers) it’s almost always empty.
It’s a fantastic beach to take little ones. It’s uncrowded and they never get tired of climbing on all the fantastic trees. Nature’s jungle gym.
The driveway leading to the beach is lined with the sprawling oaks that coastal Georgia is known for. There’s shady parking available and a nice picnic area. We always pack a lunch.
Alongside the parking/picnic area is a grove of oaks that are lovely and provide even more opportunities for the perfect photo op.
Near the entrance of the driveway there’s also horseback riding available. We’ve never done it but we’ve often been passed by a small caravan of riders on the beach.
Jekyll Island is a part of the Georgia State Park system, which is a big reason the atmosphere is more nature-centered and less touristy than, say, nearby St. Simons Island (which we also love). Because it is a State Park, there is a parking fee to enter to island.
Basically, what’s not to love about Driftwood Beach? It’s quiet, lovely, and cheap. The perfect day trip for families with kids. My pictures really don’t do it justice. For some better landscapes, google this unique beach.
And while you’re there, poke around the rest of Jekyll Island a bit.
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