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    Best Georgia Beach Retreat

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    Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

    Best Georgia Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2019
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Tybee Island, Georgia

    Best Georgia Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2019
    Picked By » Critics
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Tybee Island, Georgia

    Best Georgia beach retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2016
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Tybee Island

    Best Georgia beach retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2015
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Tybee Island

    Best Georgia beach retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2014
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Tybee Island

    Best Georgia beach retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2013
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Tybee Island

    Best Georgia beach retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2012
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Tybee Island

    Best place for a beach getaway/history lesson BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2011
    Picked By » Critics
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Sapelo Island

    Georgia beach retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2011
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Tybee Island

    Best Georgia beach retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2010
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Tybee Island

    exploretybee.com


    Runner-up: St. Simons Island


    www.explorestsimonsisland.com

    Best beach retreat BOA Award Winner

    Destin, Fla.

    Best beach retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2009
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers
    Destin, Fla.

    Runner-up
    Hilton Head Island, S.C.

    Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Picked By » Critics
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Driftwood Beach - Jekyll Island

    Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Tybee Island

    Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2007
    Picked By » Critics
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Tybee Island
    Snobbish Atlantans turn up their noses at the mention of our metropolis’s closest beach, TYBEE ISLAND. They think it's cheesy, trashy or dull. They're missing out. Sure, some of the development on the way to the water leaves something to be desired, but the beach and water at Tybee are quitemore...
    Snobbish Atlantans turn up their noses at the mention of our metropolis’s closest beach, TYBEE ISLAND. They think it's cheesy, trashy or dull. They're missing out. Sure, some of the development on the way to the water leaves something to be desired, but the beach and water at Tybee are quite nice. And the little boardwalk is a gem, a quaint, smaller version of the old famed boardwalks in beach towns between Virginia and New York. Best of all, Tybee is right next to Savannah. If the beach's nonoceanic accommodations aren't to your liking, you can do your eating, drinking and passing out closer to River Street. less...

    Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2007
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers
    Destin, Fla

    Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

    Destin, Fla

    Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2006
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Critics
    Cumberland Island
    With rapid construction overtaking Atlanta’s already jammed streets, there’s no better way to escape than to cruise down to CUMBERLAND ISLAND. It’s Georgia’s biggest barrier island, and it can only be reached by ferry, making it a subtropical oasis for a plethora ofmore...

    With rapid construction overtaking Atlanta’s already jammed streets, there’s no better way to escape than to cruise down to CUMBERLAND ISLAND. It’s Georgia’s biggest barrier island, and it can only be reached by ferry, making it a subtropical oasis for a plethora of animals, including egrets, pelicans and wild horses. Walk along the secluded beach, with its backdrop of smooth, white dunes, and you might catch a glimpse of loggerhead turtles laying eggs. Or venture under the island’s canopy of massive live oaks to spot anything from painted buntings to armadillos. Be sure to check out Plum Orchard, the remnants of the Carnegie family’s Tara-esque mansion, built in the 1890s. The island’s serenity is constantly threatened by politician-led schemes to turn it into a tourist trap. For now, however, it remains the crown jewel of Georgia’s “Golden Isles.” If you visit, go between now and April, because the island’s wildlife also includes sand gnats and mosquitoes.
    912-882-4336. www.nps.gov/cuis


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    Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2006
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Tybee Island

    Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2005
    Picked By » Critics
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Tybee Island
    It may catch a lot of flack for its campy boardwalk and dated motels, but TYBEE ISLAND is a nostalgic alternative to the more highbrow St. Simons and Jekyll islands a little ways south. The three-mile-long barrier island sits 18 miles east of Savannah and 270 miles southeast of Atlanta and boasts Georgia’smore...

    It may catch a lot of flack for its campy boardwalk and dated motels, but TYBEE ISLAND is a nostalgic alternative to the more highbrow St. Simons and Jekyll islands a little ways south. The three-mile-long barrier island sits 18 miles east of Savannah and 270 miles southeast of Atlanta and boasts Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse — as well as a fair dose of old-fashioned fun, including an annual water gun fight and beach bum parade. The tin-roofed, open-air, sandy-floored Crab Shack (motto: “Where the elite eat in their bare feet”) is not to be missed.
    www.tybeeisland.com.

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    Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

    Destin, Fla.

    Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2005
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers
    Destin, Fla.

    Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2004
    Picked By » Critics
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Cumberland Island
    Need to escape the smog and traffic of our lovely city? There's no better place than CUMBERLAND ISLAND. Aside from being Georgia's largest coastal barrier island, Cumberland is a spectacular subtropical wilderness. You must reach the island by ferry and can't bring a car. It boasts a private inn andmore...
    Need to escape the smog and traffic of our lovely city? There's no better place than CUMBERLAND ISLAND. Aside from being Georgia's largest coastal barrier island, Cumberland is a spectacular subtropical wilderness. You must reach the island by ferry and can't bring a car. It boasts a private inn and an oak forest scattered with the ruins of mansions built by members of the robber baron Carnegie family. The beach itself is a wide, smooth, 18-mile arc of pure, white sand backed up by one of the East Coast's highest dune systems. And only a few hundred people occupy Cumberland at any one time. It's Georgia's closest cousin to paradise. But, if you visit, go between now and May - because Cumberland can be a paradise for mosquitoes as well. "Cumberland Island National Seashore, St. Mary's. 912-882-4335. www.nps.gov/cuis." less...

    Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2004
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Tybee Island

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