Explore these Beautiful Jekyll Island Beaches

Between the fascinating historic downtown and the many available Jekyll Island rentals, vacationers have quickly been turning to the wild and wonderful shores of Jekyll Island.

Jekyll Island is an enriching and memorable vacation destination and one that dips below many people’s radars. But now, you can learn all about one of the island’s most defining attributes- its beaches!

We explore the top beaches of Jekyll Island. Explore our full list of Jekyll Island vacation homes to find one closest to your favorite beach haven.

driftwood beach

Driftwood Beach

Out of every beach on the list, Driftwood Beach is almost certainly the most romantic. Scattered ancient driftwood settles along the coastline, giving the beach a very classic feel and backdrop.

It is near the northern point of the island and gets much less foot traffic than its nearby neighbors. This lets you and your partner traverse the shoreline casually and comfortably. There are no on-site amenities, lending credence to its quiet isolation and romantic ambiance. The beach also mostly disappears during high tide, allowing the water to creek far up on the shore and engulf many parts of the mesmerizing and interesting-looking driftwood. It creeps and pulls out of the water, making for a really cool visual.

You can walk to the beach from the big fishing pier on the north end of Jekyll Island, as many guests do. You can park at N. Beachview Drive in a small paved lot area. Parking is free. Driftwood Beach is also welcoming to pets as long as they are on a leash.

Great Dunes Beach Park

Unlike Driftwood Beach, Great Dunes Beach Park is big, family-friendly, and filled with fun things to do for all ages. The area features a variety of play areas, including bocce ball and volleyball courts. A large activities deck hangs by the water, and has ample space for playing, running, and making up impromptu games with the group.

Restrooms and showers are well-maintained and easily available by the parking lot entrance. The picnic pavilion is large and well-shaded, so you can escape the afternoon sun while chowing down on lunch. If you want another way to escape the sun-soaked beach for a bit, you enjoy the nearby biking trails.
Similar to Driftwood, pets are allowed with a leash no longer than 16 inches.

Overall, you have 20 acres of pristine beach and park to explore, easily making this Jekyll Island’s biggest and most ambitious beach destination.

Sharktooth Beach

Sharktooth Beach is a well-kept island secret that locals may try to hide. The beach is a hidden haven of what you may ask? Sharks teeth, of course!

The beach is coated in a naturally occurring shell of oyster shells, particularly pronounced and visible during low tide. The low tide hides many shark’s teeth for eager sand sifters. The narrow strip of the muddy bottom hides many of these hidden finds. You just need to wait for the area to be exposed and jump on it.

The area is also home to some interesting trailways, usually much too dense and thin for bikers. It’s a great place to find wildlife, go birding, and even search for artifacts. The trail begins at Riverview Drive, near the Summer Waves Water Park.

Sharktooth Beach has a small lot but few family-friendly amenities. Because of this, we recommend you come well-prepared with water and a cooler.

These Jekyll Island beaches are all worth checking out. Hop from one to the other as you explore every beachside of Jekyll Island.

Brunswick Office

506 Monck Street
Brunswick, GA 31520
(912) 265-7711

Jekyll Island Office

21 Main Street, Suite 103
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
(912) 635-2512

The CottagesThe Cottages

The Cottages at Jekyll Island
200 Turtle Track Lane
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
(912) 319-2161