Atlanta, GA

Beaches near Atlanta you may not know about

Gené Hunter
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(ATLANTA, Ga.) Summer isn’t over! If you are still looking for a weekend adventure full of sand, water and fun, there are a few places you can venture outside of the city.

While Atlanta isn’t known for illustrious beaches (no, Lake Lanier doesn’t count) there are some beaches that are easily accessible. Yes, the popular choices like Tybee Island, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach are always a good time, but there are other choices that you may not be hip to.

If you’re ever in need of a break away from the city (and the entire state of GA) and want to explore a new town and enjoy the relaxing sounds of the beach waves, here are a few places to visit.

Edisto Island, South Carolina

Located 287 miles from the city of Atlanta, this beach is one of the few uncommercialized family beaches. You can enjoy watching wildlife, bike riding and enjoy a boat tour on your visit.

Ossabaw Island, 248 miles

Only 248 miles outside of the city, this beach holds the title of Georgia’s third-largest barrier island. Ossabaw features 13 miles of undeveloped seashore that keeps visitors coming. The beach is accessible by a 20-minute boat ride from Savannah.

Charleston, South Carolina

Take a road trip and venture a little over 300 miles outside of the city to Charleston. The city is composed of five beach towns, with Kiawah Island and the family-friendly environment at Isle of Palms. If you’re looking to be adventurous, Folly Beach is your go-to or take a visit to Sullivan’s Island which sits on the mouth of the harbor.

South Walton, Florida

Skip over Daytona Beach and Jacksonville and travel a bit over 300 miles to the coastal area of South Walton. The area flaunts 16 beaches and has something for everyone including art festivals or the “French Quarter” feel of Rosemary Beach.

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Close to 400 miles away from Alabama, the Gulf Shores of Alabama and Orange Beach combine for 32 miles of white sandy shoreline. Quartz from the Appalachian Mountains collects along the coast, creating sand soft to the touch. Choose between busy beaches near the town center or quieter beaches to the west.

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