St. Andrews Beach and Picnic Area

Jekyll Island is a relaxing vacation destination right in the beautiful state of Georgia. With a stunning historic district, gorgeous beaches, and a culture all its own, Jekyll Island presents the ideal getaway for you and your sweetheart or the whole extended family.

When you’re visiting Jekyll Island, you have to take a day to visit St. Andrews Beach and Picnic Area. This popular destination is perfect for bringing the whole family to enjoy a day spending time together in the most gorgeous nature Georgia has to offer. Best of all, it’s conveniently located near our Jekyll Island vacation rentals!

About St. Andrews Beach

Of all the Jekyll Island beaches, St. Andrews Beach is one of the most popular. You’ll find the Beach Park just a short walk away from Jekyll Point, located at the southernmost tip of the island. Many people enjoy visiting St. Andrews Beach for the wildlife, as it is a popular destination for migratory birds and the majestic dolphin! You can also get up close to the wildlife by fishing off the pier or wandering the paths around the park.

Observation Platform

One of the best features of St. Andrews Beach Park is the two-story wildlife viewing platform. This observation tower gives a breathtaking view of the water and the wildlife that inhabits the area. Look up to the skies to spot the birds in the trees, or look down to try to find a dolphin, tons of varieties of fish, or maybe even a baby shark! You’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the various habitats like the live oak forests and salt marshes.

Wanderer Memory Trail

St. Andrews Beach Park is also popular for its Wanderer Memory Trail, an educational and historic pathway that teaches guests the story of America’s last known slave ship. This trail takes guests along the banks of the Jekyll River, where 160 years ago, more than 500 enslaved Africans were brought on the Wanderer to the shores of Georgia.

Visitors can learn the story of Umwalla, a young African boy who was aboard the Wanderer. Individual exhibits along the trail will follow Umwalla’s journey from his capture to his eventual freedom. This memory trail has received the UNESCO Slavery Project “Site of Memory” designation.

General Information

St. Andrews Beach Park is a free Jekyll Island attraction, aside from the $6 daily parking fee. In addition to the observation platform, public beaches, and Wanderer Memory Trail, guests can also take advantage of the fishing pier and picnic tables. The public beach access point is ADA accessible to those with physical disabilities. The beach is pet-friendly year-round, but animals must be kept on a leash no longer than 16 feet.

More to Discover Nearby

Once you have finished your afternoon at St. Andrews Beach Park, there’s plenty more to discover just down the road! If you’re looking for more time on the beach, Driftwood Beach is just three miles away and presents a beautiful place for a photo op or to grab a unique seashell. Want to see more wildlife? The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will give visitors young and old the chance to interact with the incredible sea turtles. Go to the Jekyll Island Historic District to learn more about the rich background of the community, or head along the Jekyll Island Trail System for a fun hike or leisurely bike ride.

It’s no secret that Jekyll Island is full of tons of attractions for any and all interests. Both visitors and local Georgians will love taking a getaway to Jekyll Island! Luckily, all of these attractions are located just near our Jekyll Island rental properties. Our friendly and dedicated staff is always available to help you during your stay, and we are proud to offer cozy and luxurious rentals at an affordable price point. Contact us today to learn more about booking!