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A gulf fritillary butterfly flutters around the blooms on the edge of a salt marsh on St. Simons Island, Georgia



It’s summer – time to hit the water. But isn’t it nice when you can avoid the crowds, hit the lesser-known destinations, or at least visit at low-traffic times of day? If that’s what you’re looking for, we’ve got just the tips you’ll need to enjoy those quiet, low-key, seaside getaways.

Visit Driftwood Beach at Sunset

Though this beach is a well-known destination among tourists and locals, here’s what you need to know: Head there at sunset, when the beaches are mostly empty of everyone but couples looking for a quiet, romantic stroll, and photographers trying to capture that perfect shot. Bring a blanket or beach chair to this incredible destination on Jekyll Island and enjoy the stunning views of trees and driftwood.

Spend a Night at the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

Get away from busy life with a weekend at this lodge, where you can spend time away from the crowds exploring the natural beauty of St. Simons Island. Book a tour with their naturalists and get an up close and personal experience of the landscape and wildlife of one of the most stunning places in Georgia. Due to the limited cell service, you’ll find this to be a quiet and peaceful way to enjoy the ocean.

Take a Sunrise Turtle Walk

How many people are willing to hit the beach at dawn just for the potential to witness the hatching of turtle eggs? Head over to Jekyll Island to take in the views, the fresh ocean air, and to catch a glimpse of one of nature’s miracles. Shh, don’t tell!

Board the Captain Gabby

This retired shrimp boat runs tours that explore the lesser-known reef islands like Blackbeard and Sapelo. You can book a tour that will fill an afternoon, or one that will span two days, allowing you to experience a night on the boat. (Yes, they have beds, a bathroom, and even a rooftop patio!)

Kayak Through the Jekyll Island Salt Marshes

The 4-H Tidelands Nature Center offers visitors a chance to explore the island marshlands with a naturalist, who will make sure you see every baby alligator, loggerhead turtle, and horseshoe crab. This is the perfect way to enjoy an afternoon on the water.

For more information on where to go in Brunswick for food, shopping, and play, check out our Neighborhood page.


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