Now that we’re into October, the seasons are finally changing, bringing falling leaves and temperatures to most of the state. In the state’s southeast, however, there is a different type of outdoor experience for travelers to enjoy – Georgia’s coast. Any time of year is a great time to explore this part of the state, but the fall can be particularly nice (as long as there’s no hurricane coming) with milder weather and fewer visitors. Georgia has 110 miles of coast along the Atlantic Ocean with many charming towns, each offering something different. Read on to find out about 3 of the best spots to enjoy the Georgia coast.
For one of the most historical experiences in Georgia, Savannah is a must-visit destination as the oldest city in the state. This coastal city was established in 1733 and still retains loads of charm from years gone by. A trip to Savannah is a way to enjoy the coast if you want to be near the water while still enjoying all of the busy activities of a city. There is always something fun happening in Savannah, and this town is particularly well-known for its massive Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in March.
There are many must-see locations throughout the city of Savannah, and one of the most beloved features is the expanse of communal squares, or small parks, that are spread throughout. 22 of the originally designed 24 squares still stand today. Many of these squares are in the Savannah Historic District, which is another site not to be missed. Many of the buildings lining the cobblestone streets date back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
Another fun part of the city is the East River Street river walk area, where visitors can enjoy restaurants and bars and hop on riverboat tours. Other town highlights include Forsyth Park, a gem of the town with gardens, paths and a famously picturesque fountain. With endless options for entertainment and exploration, Savannah is perfect for the energetic traveler.
Not far from Savannah, but with a totally different vibe, lies Tybee Island. It’s a beach lover’s dream along the Atlantic Ocean facing due east and has been a vacation destination since the 1800s. This is a relaxed spot – ideal for anyone looking to get away from it all.
In the fall there are some unique attractions on the island, including Haunted History Tours in October. These tours explore some of the island’s attractions like the Tybee Island Lighthouse and Battery Garland. There are also nighttime lantern-light tours at Fort Pulaski National Monument for anyone looking for a spooky experience.
With its seaside setting, there are always ways to enjoy the outdoors on Tybee Island. Waterways and bike paths are available to traverse the areas in and around the island. Kayaking, sailing and bird watching are perfect options for travelers looking to spend time taking in the great outdoors. Of course, its east-facing location makes it the perfect place to watch the sunrise if you’re an early riser or willing to set an alarm. It’s absolutely worth it for the stunning views.
A bit further south and closer to Florida lies the Golden Isles area. The Golden Isles includes four barrier islands, each with their own unique personalities and establishments – St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island and Little St. Simons Island. Marshland is prominent along this stretch of coast with miles of beaches throughout.
In the Golden Isles, you’ll find historic sites, famous and elaborate resorts and fascinating museums. On St. Simons Island, you can find the Fort Frederica National Monument which dates back to the 1700s and featured prominently in a major conflict between British and Spanish forces in 1742.
Jekyll Island is also host to many historic sites including five-star resort, the Jekyll Island Club, which was once the getaway for affluent names like the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts in the 1800s. And yet another meeting between a historic landmark and a modern resort is the Cloister at Sea Island, which dates back to 1928. It also featured in more recent history serving as home to the G8 Summit in 2004. With all the outdoor options an island brings, the Golden Isles is a versatile coastal area that history enthusiasts will be sure to love.
The Georgia coast can be enjoyed in so many ways – from a big city night out or a day on the water to a gourmet meal in an upscale resort. We’ve found some of the best spots to enjoy the Georgia coast – no matter what you are looking for, you’re sure to find something to meet your taste in one of the beautiful locations in this area.
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