3. Driftwood Beach
Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island may not be the best place to sunbathe or play paddle ball, but its long narrow stretch of shoreline is littered with fallen, sun-baked trees, whittled by wind and salt into evocative driftwood sculptures. A great spot for picnicking and shutterbugs, it's located on the north end of the island between Clam Creek Picnic Area and Villas By the Sea Resort. Just look for the pullovers and small parking lots along North Beachview Drive.
4. Nanny Goat Beach
Located near Hog Hammock on Sapelo Island, Nanny Goat Beach is a gorgeous stretch of wilderness beach with nothing but dunes and sea grass to interrupt your view of sun, sea and shore. Dogs are permitted anytime. Visitors to Sapelo have to take a ferry from Meridian, which must be booked by an island resident or the Department of Natural Resources.
Thanks to a recent sand renourishment project, the stretch of beach between Tybee Lighthouse and 18th Street is wider than ever. On the north end near the lighthouse is plenty of pay parking, new restrooms and the North Beach Bar and Grill, serving Jamaican-influenced cuisine and daily specials. An ideal spot for those who like to be close to modern conveniences and don’t mind a backdrop of condominiums.
For more on the Georgia coast, read Discover Georgia's Barrier Islands.