St. Andrews Beach Jekyll Island
St. Andrews Beach Jekyll Island
About St. Andrews Beach
If you’re looking for a quiet, peaceful getaway, St. Andrews Beach on Jekyll Island may be the perfect place.
To get there, you will need to drive by car. This beach is not run by any of the hotels on the island. Public parking is available at the St. Andrews Picnic Area. Head south from the convention center traffic circle on S. Beachview Drive to S. Riverview Drive and turn at the St. Andrew’s Picnic Area sign, after which you’ll be at the beach parking lot in no time.
The beach at St. Andrews is not very crowded; its a quiet place perfect for relaxing in the sun, enjoying a picnic or fishing on the pier. We recommend taking a walk along the beautiful coastline while watching for wildlife on both sea and land. With the scenic views and impressive wildlife such as dolphins, crabs, shorebirds, and even deer, St. Andrews offers unmatched natural beauty. Fun fact – this is the only beach on Jekyll Island that offers a view of the sunset. Get your camera ready for an epic shot!
Things to do at St. Andrews Beach
St. Andrews Beach is a great place to enjoy the outdoors and watch for wildlife. This area is perfect for exploring by foot. Go for a nice beach walk and enjoy the sights and sounds of our state park from wildlife to its natural beauty. Guests can also spot pelicans, sandpipers, and maybe even a deer from the nearby forest. Remember to stay out of the dunes and not to disturb the wildlife.
Sea Shell Hunting
Head to this beach for great shell hunting. Be careful where you step as thousands of shells can be in one area. Be sure to only pick up empty shells and dead sand dollars. Happy hunting collectors!
Have a Picnic
Enjoy a picnic lunch while at the beach. St. Andrews Beach has a dedicated picnic area with tables and grills provided by park officials. You can come with your family or friends, and bring your own food and drinks to enjoy a picnic among oak trees.
Wildlife Viewing Platform
The two-story wildlife viewing platform at St. Andrews Beach Park is a must for nature lovers! Spy birds flying overhead or dolphins playing below in the water; it’s an amazing way to get up close and personal with these incredible animals while enjoying some time outdoors (no matter what time of year).
Wanderer Memory Trail
Our island is rich with history. Located at St. Andrews Beach, the Wanderer Memory Trail was created to commemorate America’s last known slave ship, the Wanderer, which came ashore illegally in 1858 with more than 500 enslaved Africans.
Guests can learn the story of Umwalla, an African boy who was aboard the Wanderer will be told through exhibits along this memory trail. The Wanderer Memory Trail has received a UNESCO Slave Route Project “Site of Memory” designation of the Middle Passage arrival on Jekyll Island.
Parking and Amenities
The small, picturesque beach doesn’t belong to any resorts or hotels so it has few visitors in contrast with other beaches. Parking is limited so get there early!
Jekyll Island Beach Rules
Similar to other beaches on Jekyll Island, when visiting St. Andrews Beach you should make sure to follow the following rules:
- Only take empty shells and dead sand dollars.
- Fill in sandcastles and holes.
- Stay out of the dunes and do not disturb the wildlife
- No motorized vehicles
- No fires, fireworks, or glass containers.
- No metal detectors.
- Be respectful and pack out what you bring to the beach.
As always, please be sure to obey all posted signs and regulations while visiting Jekyll Island beaches. For more information about beach access points and other park rules, please visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website.
Additionally, there’s a number of beaches near St. Andrew’s Beach which you can visit:
- Glory Beach (1 mile)
- Great Dunes Park Beach (3 miles)
- Jekyll Island Oceanview Beach Park (3 miles)
- Driftwood Beach (6 miles)……………link to our page
- Jekyll Island Fishing Pier Beach (7 miles)
Map of St. Andrews Beach
This beach park is a short walk from Jekyll Point, the southern-most tip of the Island. It’s a popular spot for watching migratory birds as well as groups of dolphins.
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