Given the South's frequent heat and humidity, it comes as no surprise that most of the region's beaches receive a steady stream of visitors and USA Today have put together a list of the South's Top 10 Beaches.
Quality among beaches varies but there are several worthy options offering everything from rugged, wild terrain to affordable, family-friendly activities. USA Today featured beaches in Alabama and Georgia as part of their top 10 beaches and here is what they had to say:
Gulf Shores, Alabama
White quartz sand, shallow waters, and wide stretches of uncrowded beach draw in-the-know types to Gulf Shores. Visitors can spot dolphins, cruise on a pontoon boat, or learn to catch shrimp. More than just a beach destination, Gulf Shores features quaint waterside restaurants, cultural attractions such as the Ohr-O'keefe Museum and Walter Anderson Museum, and casinos.
Jekyll Island, Georgia
The three main beach areas of Jekyll Island offer unique natural landscapes with calm waves and shallow waters. Driftwood Beach is an undisturbed, picturesque stretch of beach with driftwood and trees that have been washed ashore. A lengthy boardwalk that crosses sand dunes and freshwater pools leads to Glory Beach, which features a view of Cumberland Island. Great Dunes is a prime spot for families, with mini-golf, bike rentals and playgrounds nearby.
Tybee Island, Georgia
A mere 20 minutes east of Savannah, Tybee Island has long been a destination for local residents, but now draws vacationers of all stripes lured by its history and natural beauty. Visitors can relax on the beautiful three-mile stretch of beach, fish in the surf, explore salt marshes or check out the island's forts, museums and historic lighthouse. Seafood lovers will enjoy the fresh-caught offerings at the area's restaurants and art enthusiasts can browse shops featuring the works of talented local artists.
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