East Beach

East Beach, Saint Simons Island: Address, East Beach Reviews: 4.5/5

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Nancy G
Boyne City, MI311 contributions
My husband and I first visited East Beach in January and it quickly became our favorite beach on the island. Unspoiled, not crowded, the land and waterscape change dramatically with the tides and the weather. A great spot to walk, walk your dog, very clean and other residents and visitors very kind and friendly. Only drawback is there are no public restrooms at the 15th street entrance. Be prepared to drive back to the Worl War II Museum beach entrance to use the faciities.
Written April 10, 2020
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lbjacobs2016
Dallas, TX6 contributions
Solo
Pleasant place. St. Simons is an island off the Georgia coast. It’s known for its salt marshes and sandy stretches like East Beach. A museum traces the history of St. Simons Lighthouse, rebuilt in 1872 after it was destroyed in the Civil War. Anglers fish off nearby St. Simons Pier, which offers views of Jekyll Island and migrating whales.
Written March 14, 2020
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Sunny H
Douglasville, GA225 contributions
The beach itself is great, very wide at low tide. What freaked me out though was a fisherman standing in the surf who caught a 3 1/2 foot long shark, then let it go back into the water. That was it for my wading! When I walked farther down the beach and saw a lady with her young daughter in the water I told her what I just witnessed and she said it was nothing new...that they catch sharks there all the time!
Written June 19, 2020
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Elle16
Georgia141 contributions
Pretty beach with tide pools. There are lots of minnows, and I saw 2 types of crabs. It was fairly crowded on a bright weekend afternoon, but if you walk far enough, there are more secluded areas to set up. We saw a couple of surfers out on a point. In the evening, large V shaped formations of pelican flew overhead. They were beautiful.
Written August 29, 2021
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Robert P
Dunwoody, GA211 contributions
This is a large (wide and long) beach with minimal crowds. The water is shallow for a long distance, making it a good fit for kids to play in the ocean. The sand is flat and well-packed for a considerable width, making it a good place to run or bike. The only draw-back is that the waves are not too big, so boogie-boarding or body surfing are not the best.
Written June 8, 2021
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2deer
Atlanta, GA165 contributions
Have visited this beach for over 30 years. Always seem to find sea life here. And it varies. Recent trip was marked by hermit crabs. Hundreds of them. Other times we have found dozens of horse shoe crabs, the next time it was sand dollars, another visit it was star fish. Great place for kids and those who just want to lounge around in the calm waters.
Parking can be an issue.
Written June 26, 2020
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Sphynxlovers
Dalton, GA100 contributions
We packed our things to stay the afternoon and evening at this beach and were not disappointed. Our vacation was during an uptick of the Corona virus in the area; but the beach had people on it but it wasn't crowded at all. It was breezy, quiet and beautiful. I have been to many beaches and was surprised by the color of the water. It is rich in nutrients for the ocean dwelling creatures so the water is very brown in color. It wasn't off-putting to me but I thought I would mention it if you were expecting white sand beaches with crystal clear blue water. We brought snorkels not knowing about the water color and left them in the car. Another thing that was nicely surprising is the amount of sand dollars on the beaches. I had never seen so many sand dollars in one place! This is a great beach to take a stroll. Lifeguards are on duty until 5 p.m. Alcoholic beverages are allowed outside of glass containers, floats are also allowed. Bring your own chairs and umbrella.
Written June 28, 2020
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Todd W
Wheeling, IL73 contributions
Family
Makes for a nice enjoyable day with the family at the beach . You’ll see pelicans, fish, crabs , jellyfish ( and feel ouch!), and dolphins. Also a a vendor going up and down the beach selling Italian ice. Take and umbrella, chairs, snacks / drinks and make a day if it . There are no changing facilities or restrooms. Bring a separate bag to put your garbage in as there are no garbage cans on the beach only at the parking lot entrance.
Written August 11, 2020
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Laura L
Georgia146 contributions
Family
We visit St. Simons multiple times each year, and I used to live here as well. East Beach at the old Coast Guard station is my no. 1 beach! First of all, it's wide enough that there is still some beach left at high tide. Second, dogs! Even when I don't bring my own dog, I love seeing dogs on the beach. Third, good amenities including a nice bathhouse, a concession place, and plenty of sand-washing-off spots. However, be aware that on holiday weekends, spring break, and sometimes just summer Saturdays, the parking lot fills up by 11:00 and the cars are lined up on the streets beyond the parking lot. Try to get there by 10 or earlier on such days or go later in the afternoon.
Written April 8, 2018
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FNPtravels
9 contributions
Family
We come to this beach every summer. It is not as crowded as Tybee Island on most weekends. The only thing I would change is the making the tarp longer to enter the beach..the sand is very thick at the entrance which makes it hard to walk and pull a wagon.
Written July 2, 2019
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