There’s nothing better than having some fun in the sun, especially now that summer is upon us. The kids are out of school and it’s officially time for a vacation. There’s no better way of spending the warm summer days than exploring Brunswick, GA beaches.

Each beach offers something unique, from beaches that have parks to ones that are well suited for wildlife lovers. Spend lazy summer days exploring each one of the beaches in and around Brunswick.  

Discover which beach is your favorite; bring your friends, family, and dog (some beaches allow you to bring your furry companion) and have a picnic, play some beach volleyball.  

With so many beaches to choose from your summer is sure to leave you feeling happy as a clam.

Brunswick, GA Beaches

When you think of Georgia going to the beach probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your mind. However, there are miles of seemingly endless beaches along the coast that’ll be sure to take your breath away.

There are plenty of places to bask in the warm glow of the sun as the waves lap at your feet, you just need to discover them. While the summer heat may be excruciating, don’t waste the summer away indoors. Take a dip in the nearest beach to take a break from the sun and catch the salty breeze coming in from the ocean.

But where to start? Let me break it down for you with a list of some of the best Brunswick, GA beaches and some more in surrounding counties.   

1. Driftwood Beach

driftwood beach

Driftwood Beach is located on the north end of Jekyll Island and is best known for its namesake, driftwood. You can find pieces of driftwood, and whole trees, scattered across the beach. These gnarled and weathered trees are left behind from years of erosion.

Driftwood Beach is a photographers nirvana, offering endless panoramic views in every direction. It’s also a wonderful location for weddings, which is really popular. There’s a wildlife viewing area and paved walkways toward Clam Creek.

2. Great Dunes Park

Great Dunes Park is located at the end of the Ben Fortson Parkway on North Beachview Drive.

The park has plenty of parking to access Jekyll Island’s beach and is conveniently located across the street from a playground, mini-golf course, bike rentals, and Segway rentals. Great Dunes Park is also a great place to set up day camp for a quick trip to Jekyll Island.

You can rent bikes across the street and explore the over 20 miles of bike trails that the Jekyll Island Trail System has to offer. Additionally, according to, this park is also frequently used as the site to release rehabilitated sea turtles from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center located just across the island.

This park offers picnic pavilions, grills, a covered beach deck, public restrooms, large grass area, and bike racks which is why it’s the ideal place for many annual events and festivals.

3. East Beach

East Beach

East Beach is the name given to St. Simons Island Beach, according to Golden Isles. This stretch of beach is along the Oceanside of St. Simons Island and is a great location for a range of beach activities. Because of the tides, the sand along East Beach is hard packed and suitable for biking.

East Beach is made of smaller sections named after each beach access point.

4. Gould’s Inlet

On the northern end of East Beach, located at the end of Bruce Drive, is Gould’s Inlet.

This site is perfect for bird watching, fishing and just relaxing while watching the ocean. There are many varieties of coastal birds and you’re likely to encounter fishermen fishing off the boardwalk and along the beach.

This is also a popular spot for paddleboarders which you can see off in the distance catching some waves. Gould’s Inlet offers a shower, water bowls for pets, dog bag station, benches, and a fishing pier.

5. Coast Guard Station

Coast Guard Station

The Coast Guard Station is named after the historic coast guard station that still stands at the entrance today as home to the World War II Home Front Museum.

This beach is just south of Gould’s Inlet and is sometimes referred to as First Street Beach Access.

The Coast Guard Bathhouse provides showers, public restrooms, shaded picnic tables, bike racks, and a concession stand which is only open during the summer.

6. Massengale Park

Massengale Park is a nicely shaded picnic area and playground that is located along Ocean Blvd, and has beach access to East Beach. This park offers many picnic tables, grills, a children’s playground, public restrooms, outdoor showers and two public beach access points to East Beach.

This is a great location to bike and fish at low tide, providing easy access to the village shops and the Neptune Park Fun Zone.

7. St. Andrews Beach

St Andrews Beach

St. Andrews Beach is overlooking Jekyll Sound on the riverside of the island. This park has beach access and is just a short walk from Jekyll Point which is the southernmost point on the island.

This beach is popular for birdwatching and visitors frequently see dolphins as they feed along the currents at Jekyll Point.

8. Glory Beach

Glory Beach is a section of Jekyll Island’s beach and must be accessed from the Jekyll Island Soccer Complex. This particular section of the beach does not allow leashed or unleashed pets.

Portions of the 1989 civil war movie drama, Glory, were filmed on Glory Boardwalk. The movie stars Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, and Denzel Washington.

Access to this beach is by way of a long boardwalk which was built by the producers of the film as an easy walkway across sand dunes and freshwater pools.

Moving to Brunswick, GA

If exploring the Brunswick, GA beaches sounds like your personal slice of heaven, perhaps you should consider moving to Brunswick.

We, Palmetto Building Group, are a talented and committed team that are dedicated to providing customers with high-quality new homes at affordable prices.

We provide a variety of services, ranging from custom design and decorating to planned designs with personalized options. During every step of the home buying process, the Palmetto team works closely with you ensuring comfort and confidence.

If you’re thinking about moving to Brunswick and exploring its amazing coast, contact the team at Palmetto Building Group. Call us at 912-266-8401 or email us at to learn more.