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ARE YOU ready to hit the beach? Whether you're planning spring break or a family getaway, here are beaches that you can drive to from Atlanta. CAPE SAN BLAS, Florida. DRIVE TIME: About 7 hours. WHAT YOU'LL GET: The longer drive time is worth it, as Cape San Blas is on a rustic and quiet peninsula. Gorgeous white sand beaches stretch into a state park. Nearby Port St. Joe offers more beaches, restaurants, shops and lodging.
Special / Callaway Gardens
Even though there is no ocean in middle Georgia, Callaway Gardens offers a summer beach for those times when the coast is not an option, or even when it might be. The beach is included at no additional cost for admission to the Gardens. Swimming, a children's playground, miniature golf and shuffleboard are among the activites offered at or near the beach. (Our apologies to Stone Mountain Park, Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona, which also offer sand near a large swimming hole.)