Best Beach Getaways for Memorial Day

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Memorial Day Weekend is just a day away, and for most it marks the beginning of summer. And what would summer be without a trip to the beach? We decided to get an early start, and found the best beaches that are only a drive away.

Jekyll Island sits quietly on the coast of Georgia. The five-hour drive is worth a visit to this largely undeveloped barrier island. The highlight, though, is Driftwood Beach. The shore is lined with giant twisted trees that have washed up on shore over time. Bring your dog, play a couple rounds of corn hole on the flat-sand beach, and unwind in the south Georgia sun.

Cruise down I-75 to find the beaches of Ponte Vedra. It’s only 30 minutes away from Jacksonville, but Ponte Vedra offers a quieter side to Florida’s Atlantic coast. The area is full of history from its days as a Spanish colony but still offers the big sandy beaches you’d expect to see in Florida. 

Just before you get to Savannah, make a hard left and you’ll find yourself at Fripp Island. The island is a Wildlife Sanctuary, so most of the land is undeveloped, offering a quieter alternative to nearby Myrtle Beach. There’s still plenty to do. You can golf, fish, eat out, and of course, enjoy the island’s miles of relaxing beaches.

Enjoy the calm of a beach with the fun of a nearby city on Tybee Island. The shore of this barrier island is incredibly calm, the beach itself is huge, and it’s only a 30 minute drive to Savannah. Spending the day at the beach and then dinner in Savannah’s historic district is like two vacations in one.