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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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