Georgia Beachfront Hotels

by Allison Westbrook
Jekyll Island is a quiet community on Georgia's east coast.

Jekyll Island is a quiet community on Georgia's east coast.

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The Georgia coastline stretches a short 100 miles along the Southeast end of the state. Although small by comparison to other U.S. states, Georgia's coastal areas pack a lot of fun into a small space. From large natural preserves to famous historical sites, waterfront accommodations along Georgia's beaches offer convenient access to the most tourist-friendly activities and attractions.

History on Jekyll Island

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is a historic destination that dates back to 1888. Although the hotel now welcomes guests without membership, it was considered by many to be the most exclusive and inaccessible hotel in the world at the beginning of the 20th century. Today, the beachfront hotel maintains its rich history and combines it with modern amenities and activities. Guests enjoy nine miles of beaches, access to 63 holes of golf and a variety of outdoor recreation, including tennis, horseback riding, bicycling and croquet. Hotel patrons can also participate in ocean excursions, such as dolphin-watching cruises and deep-sea fishing charters. Two restaurants provide dining options throughout the day, and traditional afternoon tea is served Victorian-style each day with scones, pastries and sandwiches.

Relaxation on Tybee Island

Located just 20 minutes to the east of Savannah, Georgia, Tybee Island is a relaxing beach getaway that encourages a slower pace of life. Desoto Beach Hotel offers the island's only beachfront accommodations with direct access to the water. Guests also have access to an outdoor swimming pool with a sundeck, as well as a leisure room with arcade games and a pool table. Although dining is not available on the property, hotel staff can provide directions and recommendations for local restaurants and attractions.

Family Travel on St. Simon's Island

St. Simon's Island is a family-friendly destination with activities and entertainment for all ages. Visitors can tour the area on a rented Vespa, view Civil War era historical sites, golf on one of 13 golf courses or body surf the island's low tides. The Cloisture at Sea Island offers convenient access to all these activities with its beachfront location and many entertainment options. Guests have access to swimming pools, shooting lessons, nature walks, salt marsh tours and golf clinics. A spa and fitness center is also located on the property, as well as two 18-hole championship golf courses.

Romance on Cumberland Island

Cumberland Island is an undeveloped preservation area maintained by the National Parks Service. Visitors come to the area to view its natural beauty and wildlife; horses, boars, turkeys and bobcats roam free on the island, and its cultural ruins, undeveloped beaches and wilderness areas offer endless exploration opportunities. The Greyfield Inn is the former vacation home of the Carnegie family and is maintained today as a romantic bed and breakfast. Most of the furnishings inside the inn are original to the home, and the hotel's 200 acres of private property offer a prime location for birding, hiking, fishing, swimming or stopping for a picnic. A gourmet dinner is served each evening by candlelight, and a nightly cocktail hour features beverages and light hors d'oeuvres.

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