Driftwood beach is on the north end of Jekyll Island, a short walk away from the Campground. You can access it from many designated access points along North Beachview Drive, where you can also park. The beach is very close to the access points’ parking lots.
I drove here from Savannah with my friend for a day trip. Great day out!
With huge scattered driftwood trees everywhere, the beach is very Instagram-friendly and it was hard to resist the urge to spend the entire day taking photos of ourselves with the trees, but alas! We were there to “switch off” and so we turned our phones to airplane mode and tried to take it all in.
It was perfect! Even though it was a sunny September Saturday afternoon, it was only us there and a couple with a dog on a leash taking photos.
We didn’t really go in the water except dip our feet in (actually very decent temperature, warm), as it didn’t look particularly appetizing - sort of unclear, and there wasn’t a lifeguard there or anything. It’s not the sort of place you’d go to for swimming.
But the walk was cool. The beach was clean and the white hard-packed sand made me think I’d quite like to return for a run there sometime... Be careful walking though, because there are lots of cute little crabs running about.
Eventually, we needed to pee and couldn’t find a toilet there, so we drove to Jekyll Island Marina (like a mile away) to use the toilet and eat, before driving back to Savannah.
I would definitely recommend this beach for a nice, relaxed walk and taking great photos. It costs $6 to enter Jekyll Island, but don’t let that put you off. It’s a very unique beach that is worth visiting, despite not having many amenities. Be organized if you intend to spend a long day there – bring your own food and drinks so that you don’t have to leave too early and you can take some sunset photos (it’s open until 10.30 pm!)
- 1-hour from Jacksonville, Florida
- 1:30 from Savannah, GA
- 4:30 from Atlanta, GA
Hotels and rentals
If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Driftwood Beach which you can visit: