I am not a fan of loud, busy beaches with sky scrapers, stores, and hotels powering over you, so if that’s what you’re looking for, these beaches probably won’t be too fun for you!
Here are a few of the best empty, “wilderness beaches” near the JAX airport/Jacksonville, Florida area and south Georgia.
My favorite place and beaches are on Cumberland Island. The park service regulates how many people are out on the island with their ferry rides and there aren’t that many boat docking spots for those with their own boats, so it’s easy to feel like you’re on a deserted island when exploring Cumberland. Plenty of history and beauty to be seen inland when you’ve had enough of the beach!
Low Tide on the Northern End of Jekyll Island
My second favorite place for beach walking is Jekyll. At low tide the beaches here go on forever and provide for some really nice walking, sand-dollar-searching and good old relaxation. When not interested in the beaches there are things for the whole family to do, including a sea turtle sanctuary, where you can learn about the efforts being made to save the lives of sea turtles. When you get done with that take a historical tour of the beautiful Victorian homes and learn about the history of Jekyll Island.
Fishing Pier at Jekyll Island
On the northern part of Amelia Island Fernandina Beach escapes from the grasps of civilization and becomes quiet and peaceful. While the sand is a bit more coarse than Jekyll and Cumberland, there is still plenty of fun to be had. After the beach tour go and check out some of Fort Clinch State Park- it’s amazing and offers some beautiful views of the ocean.
Walking through the soft sand on the Driftwood Beach of Little Talbot is always worth the stop. It’s illegal here to pick up driftwood and bring it home, and so it stays. The shapes and sizes of some of the trees that have become a part of the view is well worth the walk! If you’re a fisherman, there are plenty of excellent fishing spots along here as well!
Equally beautiful is Big Talbot Island, which you’ll find right next to the Little one.