21 Best Beaches

Get ready to dig your toes in the sand: From white strands to secret coves, we've found the ultimate spots by the shore, plus fabulous lodging so you can stay as long as you like.

Sea Camp Beach, Cumberland Island, Georgia

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Sea Camp Beach

Cumberland Island, Georgia

Part of an 18-mile stretch of sand on the island's Atlantic side, Sea Camp Beach is wide and wild, strewn with driftwood and a gazillion shells and backed by sea grass and rolling dunes. Roam the beach in search of wild horses, sea turtles, manatees, and prehistoric-looking horseshoe crabs. Collect shark's teeth and shells from the soft gray sand, and sleep under the stars in one of Sea Camp's tents on the beach.

Hotel Recommendation: Stay at the island's only hotel, the Greyfield Inn. Read our review.

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