Dog Friendly Beaches in Georgia - It's Time for a Howl-iday!

Georgia is an artwork weaving together lush mountains, a serene coastline and energetic cities to give tourists a trip of their lifetime. And if you are native to this vibrant city, looking to escape the monotony of routine, you have reached the right place! Georgia is filled with the most happening pet friendly areas, from parks to campgrounds, and travelling with your furball here is always fun. But as the summer comes, the heat nagging you and your pooch, you are left hunting for a beach where you all can cool down. So, here it is! This list of the top dog friendly beaches in Georgia will help you plan your next summer vacation with your canine.

1. Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island

Driftwood Beach for your pets

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Jekyll Island is like a tiny piece of heaven on earth. With abundant nature and the most picturesque views, you will be mesmerised by this beach, while your furry will have plenty to smell and explore. Untouched by the crowd and the urban ways, this beach is like an escape into the depth of nature, only to come out surrounded by the beautiful ocean. The most incredible driftwoods ornate the shore, each one telling a different secret of the ocean. While it is one of the top romantic beaches in the state, it is also a must visit for your canine. Also, if you are looking for dog friendly beach camping options in Georgia, the Jekyll Island Campground is just a few minutes away from this beach!

Amenities: Parking, campgrounds

Address: Jekyll Island, GA 31527, USA 

Timings: Sunrise- Sunset

Nearest city: ‎Jekyll Island, Brunswick

2. St. Andrews Beach, Jekyll Island

St. Andrews Beach for your best friends

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Jekyll Island beach in Georgia are known to be a haven for migratory birds, who come here during the nesting season. As Glory Beach and South Dunes Beach are the areas popular amongst the birds and turtles for nesting, pets are not allowed in these areas. St. Andrews Beach, on the other hand, will give you a brilliant view of the migratory birds, as well as some ultimate beach fun for your pup. Very popular amongst dog parents, you must pay this serene shoreline a visit. Early mornings will also treat you to some dolphin shows! 

Amenities: Parking, restrooms, trash cans, picnicking

Address: Beach View Dr, Jekyll Island, GA 31527, USA 

Timings: Sunrise- Sunset

Nearest city: Jekyll Island, ‎Brunswick

3. Great Dunes Beach, Jekyll Island

Great Dunes Beach - perfect outing for your dog

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Great Dunes Beach, like any other dog friendly beach on Jekyll Island, is open all year round, and is an on-leash beach. It is one of the best beach in Georgia for families, and if your pooches have taken over your life like mine have, you will definitely be tempted into planning a trip here. With lots to do and even more to explore, you will have the best of the amenities at your service. All you need is a picnic basket, your toys and the wagging tail of your fido!

Amenities: Parking, restrooms, showers, play areas, volleyball courts, picnic pavilions, activities deck.

Address: Jekyll Island, GA 31527, USA 

Timings: 8 am- 8 pm

Nearest city:‎ Jekyll Island, Brunswick

4. East Beach, St. Simons Island

East Beach

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Also known as the St. Simons Island Beach, East Beach is a stretch of hard packed sand. Ideal for biking, you and your buddy can go for an early morning exercise session here. Being a public beach, you can meet new people and make some friends. Throughout the day, many activities can be enjoyed here, right from swimming and shelling, to kite boarding. Tide pools during low tide are perfect for your furball to enjoy a refreshing swim. Fishing is also a relaxing activity that you can enjoy here. 

Amenities: Parking, water activities, showers

Address: 4202 1st St, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522, USA

Timings: Sunrise- Sunset

Nearest city: St. Simons Island

5. Massengale Park, St. Simons Island

Massengale Park

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Ready to be your favourite quick weekend getaway, Massengale Park on St. Simons Island is open all year round. Packed with the best amenities, your family, along with your dog, are sure to have the most incredible time here. While the park is a lush field lined with trees and picnic benches strewn across, I’m sure the spotless, calm beach will tear you away from it. Your doggie is free to romp around in the cool salty waters, and after a good tiring game, you all could enjoy a delicious meal in the cool shade of the trees, only to go back and laze around on the beach! Sounds perfect doesn’t it?

Amenities: Parking, restrooms, showers, play areas, picnic pavilions, grills, trash cans.

Address: 1350 Ocean Blvd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522, USA

Timings: 6 am- 10 pm

Nearest city: St. Simons Island

6. Little Tybee Island

Little Tybee Island

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Tybee Island doesn’t have pet friendly beaches, but, don’t fret! Little Tybee Island is one of the best dog friendly beaches near Savannah GA. Your doggie can not only stretch his legs and run around, but also swim is the gorgeous waters of the ocean. Quite unexplored, you may not find the best amenities here, but then again, isn’t this the reason for its unblemished beauty? This hidden gem is a perfectly peaceful holiday destination for you and your munchkin. 

Amenities: NA

Address: Little Tybee Island, Georgia 31328, USA

Timings: 24 hours

Nearest city: Little Tybee Island, Tybee Island, Wilmington Island, Thunderbolt

7. Tidwell Park at Lake Lanier

Tidwell Park at Lake Lanier - on-leash park

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Tidwell Park at Lake Lanier is one of the many on-leash parks that encompass the wonderful Lake Lanier. While there are many parks where you can enjoy a quick weekend getaway with your canine, this park has a small beach which is the best way to escape the summer heat. There is a boat launching area, so, you can enjoy a relaxing boat ride, or just spend some quality time with your lick-and-wag! 

Amenities: NA

Address: Cumming, GA 30041, USA

Timings: NA

Nearest city: Cumming, Coal mountain

8. Sapelo Island

Sapelo Island

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Sapelo island makes it to the list of the best pet friendly beaches in Georgia for the unique experience it offers. From cottage stays, ferry rides, beach walks to nature exploration, you can enjoy your vacation here with your fur-bud. Wildlife here is in abundance, and thus, for the safety of your canine, the on-leash rule must be followed. Don’t forget to carry your camera, the birds and animals that you will spot here are definitely worth a few clicks!

Amenities: Parking, camping

Address: Sapelo Island, Georgia, USA

Timings: NA

Nearest city: Sapelo Island, Valona

The list may be short, but your vacation to any one of those will exceed your expectations. You can either plan a long vacation and go beach-hopping, or just camp at any one of the sites for a couple of days. Whatever you decide, be sure to do your research and pack all of your dog’s essentials. And set out with a leash, an excited hooman on one side, and a wagging tail on the other!

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ARUNDHATI BHAND ARUNDHATI BHAND

An animal lover at heart, marketer by education and artist by passion, Arundhati aims to seek out to all that satisfies her diverse interests. She believes that it is only through experiences that one learns, and a traveller of sorts, she strives to explore the unexplored. She finds herself drawn to the richness of mythology, and the next minute she may be pouring over the latest comic book. A combination of a carefree happy person and an introvert, you will find her playing with her dogs, or reading Yugandhar or Pride and Prejudice in the quiets of her home, staying true to the quote “Adventure is right where you are…”

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