How to See and Experience Georgia Islands Along the Atlantic Coast

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Jekyll Island driftwood beach on Georgia's Atlantic Coast

Georgia has just nearly every natural area that a nature lover could want: mountains, rivers, marshes, swamps, and canyons. One of the most alluring of Georgia’s natural areas is it’s almost pristine coastline with an archipelago of Georgia islands.

Georgia Islands Along the Atlantic Coast

Georgia’s Atlantic Coast offers more than just beautiful sandy beaches. It’s nearly 100-mile stretch is home to 16 major barrier islands and many smaller ones. The Georgia islands and the coastline comprise nearly one-third of the East Coast’s salt marshes, several river basins, and a whole lot of biodiversity – it’s no wonder James Oglethorpe set up shop here in 1733.

Georgia’s Coast is unlike any other natural area in the United States and allows for and endless possibility of adventures. Because of its unique nature and diverse landscape, Georgia’s Coast is the ideal location for your next sea adventure.

Georgia’s Atlantic Coast Activities

Sure, you can boat. You can fish. You can surf. You can paddleboard. Actually, you can do just about any sea activity imaginable on Georgia’s Coast and among Georgia islands. However, sea kayaking the Georgia Coast and the salt marshes will provide you with one of the unique experiences you’ve ever had on the water. Not to mention, Sea kayaking on the Georgia Coast is possible almost year-round due to Georgia’s mild climate.

Experiences for Sea Kayak Beginners

If you want to explore some of Georgia’s most primitive and iconic features, make the drive to beautiful St. Simons Island and find your way to SouthEast Adventure Outfitters – an outfitter that offers a variety of kayak tours that fit any explorer’s needs and skill level. For kayak beginners, take a two-hour tour through the scenic “Marshes of Glynn,” where you’ll learn the basics and quickly find out why sea kayaking is one of the fastest growing sports. For the more experienced kayakers, take a four-hour trip across the St. Simons Sound to historical Jekyll Island. You’ll catch the tide through the pristine marshlands and wind up in Brunswick – not a bad way to spend a few hours.

Paddling Among Georgia Islands

If you’re looking to spend little bit more time on the water, SouthEast Adventure Outfitters also offers day-trips to the Satilla River, Little St. Simons, and to one of Nature Conservatory’s “75 last great places in the world,” the Altamaha River. Spend anywhere between four and six hours paddling along the coast exploring barrier islands or some of Georgia’s mightiest rivers. Keep your eye out for wildlife while on this tour – the Altamaha River is known to be one of the most biodiverse natural areas in Georgia. SouthEast Adventure Outfitters has great options for beachfront activities.

But it will take more that just six hours to really experience the magic that Georgia’s Coast and Georgia islands have to offer. Paddle out and set up camp on the multi-day tours that SouthEast Adventure offers. Sea kayak 12 miles to the unsettled Cumberland Island, a barrier island that is home to wild horses, miles of walking trails and ruins that serves as the backdrop for JFK Jr.’s wedding. Explore the island by day and relax by night. Camp under the stars for two nights using the provided gear and head back to the mainland on the third day. This tour would not be a bad way to spend a weekend getaway with the family.

Look into the past while you glide across the narrow waters of the salt marshes, sight a wild horse on your day-trip to Cumberland Island, or spend the night on the banks of the Altamaha River after a long day of paddling.

Whatever it is you seek on your coastal expedition, whether it’s adventure or peace of mind, Sea Kayaking on the Georgia Coast will not disappoint.

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Brown’s Guides is a website about the top outdoor experiences in America and about the professional outfitters and guides who know them best. BG selects guides and outfitters located in or in close proximity to the Natural Areas they provide activities in. These outfitters know the areas and care about protecting and preserving them in a way that outfitters based in other states never can. Hiking, biking, sea kayaking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and other outdoor activities are indexed on the site. BG has been doing this type of thing since 1972 in books, magazines, maps and on the Internet.

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