What you need to know about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and beaches in Georgia
Last updated: Thursday May 11, 2020
COVID-19 Updates- Beaches closures in Georgia
Beaches and state parks in Georgia are open. Some parks and beaches are experiencing large crowds on certain days. Park staff may temporarily limit access to ensure social distancing and protect the health of the public and our employees.
COVID-19 Updates - Recreational water quality monitoring
Georgia’s Healthy Beaches’ water quality monitoring is currently running as expected. Click here
to visit the state's monitoring program.
The Public Health State of Emergency order from the State of Georgia was issued as an executive order by the Governor of Georgia, Brian P. Kemp on April 30. Click here to access the executive order
Swim spots and beaches in Georgia are in a class of their own. Lazy rivers braided through swamps and salt marshes; Spanish moss and pecan trees veiling the full might of the Atlantic; wide open beaches; a dependable sunrise over the ocean – these are all part of what make swimming in Georgia so special.
Georgia sits just above Florida in the U.S. The state has hot and humid summer weather. Visitors and residents can escape the heat along 110 miles of coastline and on 15 of its barrier islands. There are also 61 State Parks throughout the state with warm inland lakes.
Georgia’s coastline is relatively undeveloped compared to the rest of the East Coast. As a result, many beaches in Georgia are pristine and offer great areas to swim in gorgeous natural settings. Waters are relatively warm because they remain shallow near the coast and relatively few waves mean that you can swim in mainly calm waters.
Georgia’s barrier islands are home to some of the state’s best beaches. Each island has its own unique identity and offerings.
Cumberland is the largest island. Here you will find excellent beaches for swimming (but avoid the freshwater ponds where alligators and snakes can be present). You’ll also find plenty of wildlife, including wild horses.
On Jekyll Island, you’ll find clear waters, beautiful sand beaches and ample opportunity for fishing or snorkelling.
Inland, John Tanner Park is well known for its water recreation opportunities. It has two lakes and lots of sandy beaches. Apart from swimming, water lovers can also take part in boating or fishing on the lakes.
No matter where you are in Georgia, there is something for every type of water lover – adventure, peace and quiet, or breathtaking natural scenes – it’s the perfect beach holiday.