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November 15, 2020 4 min read

Savannah is known for its incredible Southern food, rich history, and close proximity to the beach. If you’re looking for a tranquil getaway near Savannah, you have several promising options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a quiet and relaxing stay or an exciting and lively trip, there’s a perfect beach getaway for everyone here. 

Here are the top 8 beaches near Savannah, GA: 


1) North Beach, Tybee Island

Located just 20 miles outside of Savannah, Tybee Island is a wildly popular barrier island for both tourists and locals alike. Tybee Island is made up of a few different beaches that are filled with shopping, restaurants, and historical landmarks. As the most popular beach on the island, North Beach is both lively and family-friendly. 

Where to Stay: This spacious home is located just one block from the beachfront and a short bike ride away from the oldest lighthouse in the state. With three bedrooms, a fully furnished kitchen, and a large screened-in porch, this house is the perfect homebase for your Tybee vacation. 

 Tybee Island Beach

Photo Credit: Thomas Wilkerson

2) East Beach, St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island is the largest member of Georgia’s Golden Isles and offers a plethora of museums, golf courses, and shops. East Beach is a dog-friendly beach on the island that features the U.S. Coast Guard Station, the most popular part of the beach. This gorgeous beach boasts a wide array of plant and animal life, along with incredible views.

Where to Stay: The Breeze-On-Inn is a charming cottage on East Beach with two bedrooms and a screened-in porch with an outdoor living space. Located just one block from the beach, this cozy home is a little slice of paradise.

 East Beach

Photo Credit: @ssi_explore

3) Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island

Located about an hour from Savannah, Jekyll Island was once a popular destination for some of America’s most famous families. The Rockefeller, Pulitzer, and Vanderbilt families were just a few of the big names that frequented the island. Driftwood Beach is on the north end of the island and is known for the ancient driftwood trees found along the shore. 

Where to Stay: This  private villa is tucked away in the north end of Jekyll Island and is located just steps from the beach. It provides access to the community pool, fitness center, and outdoor dining area. Guests can enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, modern amenities, and the nearby Driftwood Bistro for a bite to eat.

Driftwood Beach

 Photo Credit: Alex Ilaoa


4) Sea Island Beach Club, Sea Island

With five miles of private coastline, pristine pools, stunning golf courses, and high-end dining options, Sea Island Beach Club is the ideal beach experience for those seeking a luxurious vacation. Because the beaches at Sea Island are private, it makes for a relaxing stay away from the crowds at the more populated beaches. 

Where to Stay: The  cottages at the Sea Island Beach Club provide you with plenty of space and comfort in the privacy of your own home, but with access to an array of on-site resort amenities. With sweeping views of either the ocean or the saltwater marsh, stunning modern fixtures, a spacious outdoor living space, and a private pool, you’ll have a hard time leaving this lavish home. 

Sea Island Beach Club

 Photo Credit: James Heery

5) Main Beach, Little St. Simons Island

This hidden gem is accessible only by boat, offering visitors a secluded destination to unwind in. The seven miles of pristine coastline provide plenty of space for the limited number of visitors the island sees on a regular basis. With only one place to stay on the island with a maximum capacity of thirty-two guests, this is a great place to escape your regular fast-paced life.

Where to Stay:  The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island  is the only accommodation on the island. Guests can reserve a room, a cottage, or even the whole island if it suits your needs. This all-inclusive stay provides all meals, activities, and boat transfers to and from the island.


6) Glory Beach, Jekyll Island

The white sand beach and sparkling blue waters at Glory Beach make for a stunning vacation, so it’s no wonder this was chosen as the backdrop for the 1989 Civil War film, “Glory.” Walk the Glory Boardwalk, enjoy a meal in the South Dunes Picnic Area, and check out the Jekyll Island Soccer Complex. 

Where to Stay: This  houseboat offers a unique experience at Jekyll Island. Surprisingly spacious, this two-bedroom houseboat features a living area, full kitchen, dining table, and a 42” LED TV. Docked at the Jekyll Harbor Marina, the owners provide two bicycles for getting around the island. 


7) St. Andrews Beach, Jekyll Island

One of Georgia’s most popular beaches for nature lovers, St. Andrews Beach is known for its incredible bird and dolphin sightings. For the dedicated wildlife enthusiasts, there is even a two-story wildlife viewing platform. St. Andrews Beach is located on the southern part of the island and is ideal for families of all ages, complete with a beach access point that is accessible for those with physical disabilities. 

Where to Stay: The  Seafarer Inn & Suites is a charming boutique hotel on Jekyll Island. The two-bedroom suites are perfect for families and feature full kitchens, living rooms, and ergonomic work areas. Take a dip in the on-site pool or walk over to the beach for a day in the sand. 

St Andrews Beach

Photo Credit: Kyli


8) Back River Beach, Tybee Island

Known by the locals as the island’s secret beach, this beautiful stretch of coastline offers a more secluded experience than Tybee’s ultra popular North Beach. This picturesque beach is known for its incredible sunsets, so make sure to take an evening walk during your stay to snap some breathtaking photos. Back River Beach features some mouthwatering dining choices with unbeatable views, perfect for a romantic date night or fun family dinner. 

Where to Stay:  Just Beachy  is a charming one-bedroom condo located just one block from the Back River Beach oceanfront and three blocks from the Tybee Pier. Filled with beachy decor and modern amenities, this affordable condo is great for couples visiting Tybee Island.

Don't forget to grab your beach apparel for the perfect trip.