Hopping on a flight to head to the Caribbean might sound great right about now as the temperatures outside steadily rise. While a flight abroad might make your pockets hurt, there are a few Georgia islands that'll give you similar tropical oasis vibes. Heading down to the remote shores of The Peach State might just be worth adding to your summer bucket list.

Some of these spots are completely free to visit while others cost a small fee, but being able to sink your toes into the sandy shores are totally worth the pocket change.

Not to mention, they're a little off the beaten path so you won't have to worry about being around huge crowds of people while you laze the day away at the beach.

So pack a towel, don your cutest suit, and get ready to make a tropical escape to these Georgia islands.

Blackbeard Island

Price: Free

Address: 31.5161° N, 81.1959° W — Townsend, GA

Why You Need To Go: This hidden island encompasses 5,618 acres and has plenty of nature activities to partake in. It also makes for a great summery photo shoot.

Little Tybee Island 

Price: Free unless you decide to rent a boat, kayak, or jet-ski to get here

Address: Tybee Island, GA

Why You Need To Go: Contrary to the name, this island is actually twice the size of Tybee Island. It can only be accessed by watercraft which makes for a great getaway destination.


Ossabaw Island

Price: Fees determined by which trip you book and added extras.

Address: Ossabaw Island, Chatham County, GA

Why You Need To Go: This is Georgia's third-largest barrier island at 26,000 acres and it's a preserved island. This spot is only accessible by boat.


Cumberland Island 

Price: $10 admission for a full weeks access.

Address: 113 St. Marys St., St. Marys, GA to board the ferry.

Why You Need To Go: This remote island has miles of trails to hike or bike, ancient ruins you can explore, and even wild horses that call this place their home. 


Jekyll Island

Price: $8 daily pass for parking

Address: Jekyll Island, Glynn County, GA

Why You Need To Go: This spot is home to an otherwordly driftwood beach and they've even hosted a colorful globe art scavenger hunt. It's a great place to get away from the packed touristy beaches. 


Little Saint Simons 

Price: $150 per person for an all-inclusive day trip

Address: 1000 Hampton River Club Marina Dr., Saint Simons Island, GA

Why You Need To Go: You can go on a day trip to this 11,000-acre island. You'll be taken on a tour of the beach, have lunch and dinner, and learn all about its history.


Cockspur Island 

Price: $10 admission

Address: 32.0254° N, 80.8904° W — Cockspur Island, GA

Why You Need To Go: Located close to Little Tybee Island, you can explore a beautiful beach, Fort Pulaski, kayak around the lighthouse, and more on these shores.

Which island will you make your escape to first?


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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