Off the Beaten Shore: Your Secret Southern Beach Destinations

Harbor Island — South Carolina

Tucked away between well known Beaufort and the exclusive Fripp Island, Harbor Island is a hidden treasure. A low country isle, this South Carolina southern oasis is quiet and includes three miles of secluded beach. Forego the tourist traps and mingle with the pelicans along the Atlantic coastline.

Driftwood Beach/Jekyll Island — Georgia

Driftwood Beach is just off the corner of Jekyll Island and is the perfect “road less traveled” to avoid the rush of beach-vacationers. The southern heritage of Georgia’s coastline is rich with tree-skeletons rising from the ocean banks, lighthouses still serving their captains, and history that only the south can preserve. The slow pace you need, without missing the Atlantic coast sunrise.

Sunset Beach and Bird Island — North Carolina

Instead of fighting the crows at Myrtle Beach, travel 30 minutes north to Sunset Beach, full of rental houses with more space and cheaper than any beachfront hotel. The shorelines are unmarred by your generic tourist expectations and instead maintains mountainous sand dunes covering three miles of inlet connecting the Carolinas on Bird Islands State Nature Preserve.

Ormond Beach — Florida

Ormond Beach’s is pristine, quiet oceanfront features white sand and regular dolphin sightings. The beach is the perfect family-friendly destination with public restrooms, easy parking for quick beach access, and plenty of open sand to dig in your umbrella for the afternoon. Find the perfect breakfast spot for some southern cuisine, then head out for a hike on the marshland to take in Florida’s natural scenery.