One of the favorite beach destinations in Georgia, Jekyll Island is filled with outdoor activities and a range of accommodations suitable for every travel style, from budget to luxury, family to couples. Jekyll Island has several different beaches, and each offers something different. Driftwood Beach is one of the most picturesque, as it’s frequently called one of the most romantic in the United States and is often used for photo ops.
Great Dunes is the most popular Jekyll Island beach for families. It offers 20 acres of park along the beach, with picnic pavilions, playgrounds, bocce ball and volleyball. Glory Beach is a beautiful respite, filled with natural bounty. Similarly, South Dunes features 20-foot sand dunes, a freshwater pond and lots of spots to observe the wildlife and natural flora and fauna. Lastly, St. Andrews sits on the southern-most tip of the island and is a great location for birdwatching.
All of the beaches are open every day, with no closing times. Parking is available easily at each, as are public restrooms.
On all beaches, your dogs must be under your immediate control and on a leash of fewer than 16 feet (a pretty generous amount, compared to most other beaches). No pets are allowed on South Beach between the South Dunes Picnic Area and the St. Andrews Sound Picnic Area.
There are dog bag receptacles at each beach access point, for your convenience. Bring your own bags, just in case the receptacle is empty, but otherwise, just make sure that you pick up after your pet at all times.
After you’re finished at the beach, Jekyll Island offers lots of pet-friendly businesses, attractions, restaurants, and more, so you can extend your visit to a weekend stay on the island and take full advantage of everything this fun destination offers.