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Getting to Know the Coastal Georgia Regions

Updated on January 12, 2010


In your Georgia travel adventures, a visit to its historic coast is a must. From sights at Cumberland Island to lighthouses to guide ships safely to shore, renowned cities like Savannah to lesser known areas like St. Marys there is plenty to discover. The Georgia coast line offers quiet bed and breakfast  to resort areas like those on Sea Island, the Georgia coastal region is a must do an any vacation itinerary.

Georgia’s coastline runs from Savannah to the Florida state line, and has the distinction of being the only coastline made up completely of islands, many of which are privately owned. The 13 islands, also known as the Golden Isles, are constantly changing due to eroding at one end and building up at the other.

Each barrier island has its own unique characteristics and attractions that draw its visitors. Savannah is associated with Southern gentility steeped in tradition. In Savannah, you will see ornate architecture like that of the Federal styled Davenport House as well as row houses built with Savannah grey brick on Marshall Row. You could spend days just touring this gracious city’s homes and viewing its decorative fountains. Also in Savannah are nature trails, parks, and historic forts.

Tybee Island offers many family oriented attractions and activities. You can soak up the rays on the beach, fly kites, or go surfcasting. There are trails for hiking as well as biking, or you could visit the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. The Center has an aquarium. A room devoted to sharks, videos and related aquatic displays.

On Skidaway Island you can enjoy numerous nature and hiking trails, see interpretive programs, campout or visit the University of Georgia’s Marine Extension Services aquarium and collections.

At St. Simons, the largest barrier island, you can see the many historic buildings as you go on guided tours either by foot, by bike or by car. You could also visit the lighthouse and the Georgia Museum of Natural History.

Jekyll Island provides trails, picnic areas, a wildlife preserve, fishing and other great outdoor fun.

As you visit the barrier islands, you will find that they have as many differences as they have similarities. So come see for yourself what each one has to offer!


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      becca7176 7 years ago from Palm Beach Gardens, FL

      I am hoping to plan a trip to Georgia's coast for spring break (next year) with my family. It is one of those places I have always wanted to visit. Esp Savannah. Found your hub doing some research.